North Carolina-Wake County-November 19

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-November 19

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.

In 1771 Wake County was created by carving out portions of Cumberland, Johnson, and Orange Counties. Raleigh is the county seat and it draws its name from Margaret Wake the wife of the British Colonel William Tryon.

Map of Wake County is outlined in red below. Today it is the second largest county in the state with a population of around 1 million residents.


Since Raleigh is also the State Capitol I went searching for some quirks about its history.

1. Raleigh was founded in 1792 and was named for Sir Walter Raleigh, an English explorer, soldier and writer who established a colony near what is now part of Virginia. He was a prisoner of the Tower of London and was accused of treason by King James I.


2. As part of the triangle that includes Durham and Chapel Hill, along with nearby Cary, Raleigh and is often called the “Smithsonian of the South.” The capital city of North Carolina allows residents and visitors alike access to at least 40 free museums and historic attractions.

Museum of Natural Science show below in Raleigh


3. Raleigh has a great piece of property called the NC State Fairgrounds-lots go on there all year long. A history of the NC State Fair can be found at:





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