Featured image: On Main Street, renovated locales and historic icons — a former service station, now home to Tarboro Brewing Company, and the old Colonial Theater, built in 1919 — look equally at home.
Tarboro is a walking town. A front-porch-sitting place. The kind of community where “Tell your mama I said ‘hey’!” is yelled from car windows. And no wonder. Established in 1760, it’s had time to be worn in and loved well. Here, neighbors share a rich history: of wars and floods, renewal and preservation. From Calvary Episcopal Church, consecrated in 1868, to the carefully restored homes and architecture in its 45-block historic district, one of the largest in the state, Tarboro embodies the spirit of its past. But it isn’t stuck there. There’s a youthful energy on its charming downtown streets, too — in the people, the murals, the shops. So go on, take a walk.
Calvary Episcopal Church
Inside the Gothic Revival church are original pews and other furnishings, including an altar believed to have been made out of leftover oak used in the construction of a Confederate war ram, the CSS Albemarle.
Martin Millennium Academy
Flags of many nations line the entry of Edgecombe County’s first global K-8 school with Spanish immersion. Here, with help from 17 international teachers, Tarboro natives become scholars of the world.