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Goldsboro-Wayne County is a vital part of our American history. Our rich history is laden with stories of Tuscarora Indians, steam boats, Revolutionary skirmishes, and Civil War battles. Fun fact: the world’s longest railroad once ran through our county. We’re proud to be the home of the 4th Fighter Wing—one of the nation’s oldest fighter pilot communities housed by Seymour Johnson Air Force Base—recognized as the best air force base in the world!

The Union Occupation Of Goldsborough

In 1865, Goldsborough was Union General Sherman’s destination on his march through the Carolinas. Three Union armies converged on Goldsborough and captured the city in March. Union hospitals were established, and the city was occupied for three weeks by over 100,000 Union soldiers.

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Wayne County Museum

Used in World War II as a USO, the museum, located in the heart of Historic Downtown Goldsboro, memorializes Wayne County history with rotating exhibits, and a Wall of Fame honoring notable Wayne County natives. The museum continually collects, preserves, studies, and exhibits objects illustrating the history of man and nature in Wayne County. Tours are available for groups and students by appointment.

116 N. William St., Goldsboro, NC 27530 | (919) 734-5023
www.waynemuseum.org

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Wayne County Veterans Memorial

This living monument was erected to honor those veterans who have died and instill in future generations an understanding and respect for the sacrifices made on our behalf by so many. The site includes a Memorial Wall, The Pavilion, Jaycees’ Vietnam Memorial, SJAFB Sculpture, Wayne County Granite Map, Fountain, and Illuminated Flags.

239 E. Walnut St., Goldsboro, NC 27530 | (919) 739-7480
www.wayneveteransmemorial.org

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Waynesborough Historical Village

Our park is located on the site of the former town of Waynesborough, the original seat of Wayne County from 1787 until 1847. The park consists of a village featuring nine historic buildings brought from across the county. These buildings, including a school, lawyer’s office, and Quaker meeting house, date from the 1860’s. Designated on the NC Birding Trail, Waynesborough Village offers 150 acres along the Neuse and Little Rivers with over four miles of walking trails through open spaces, forest, and cypress swamp. Our facilities are available for weddings, reunions, camping, and other special events.

  • Visitor Center
  • Guided tours with advance registration
  • Self-guided tours
  • Motor Coach Parking
  • Picnic area & Restrooms
  • Gazebo
  • Primitive Camping
  • Pets allowed outside only with leash
  • Service animals permitted in buildings

801 S. US 117, Goldsboro, NC 27530 | (919) 731-1653
www.oldwaynesborough.org

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Waynesborough Railroad Club

Located in Goldsboro since 1982, our large, model railroad layout is fun for the entire family. Our club meets each Tuesday evening and guests/potential members are always invited to join us to run the trains.

118 W. Mulberry Street

Goldsboro , NC

919-288-4552

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Willowdale Cemetary

Designed in 1853 by Colonel Charles Nelson, this historically significant cemetery features an 1883 Confederate Monument underneath, which lies the mass grave of 800 Confederate soldiers. Among the historic graves, are the gravesites of Texas soldier Jarad K. White, former North Carolina Governor Curtis Brogden, and first Secretary of the Army General Kenneth Claiborne Royall. The Willowdale’s Jewish section hosts women’s rights activist and founder of the NC League of Women Voters, Gertrude Weil.

306 E. Elm St., Goldsboro, NC 27530 | (919) 750-2203

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