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About Louisburg, Franklin County
Louisburg, North Carolina lies on the banks of the Tar River in the lovely northern Piedmont Region. Serving as the seat of rural Franklin County, Louisburg is the most highly populated town. Census 2000 reported 3,111 residents. The town's name honors Louis XVI of France, while Franklin County is in honor of Ben Franklin. Louisburg's original name was Old Fords of the Tar.
Franklin County and Louisburg, NC hold a strategic location. The proximity to the rapidly growing cities of Raleigh and Durham, part of North Carolina's prestigious Research Triangle, will bring steady and consistent growth in the next decade. The 500-square mile county maintains a low cost of living and an abundance of low-priced land. The quality of life remains high. The values of southern small-town living and the hard work ethic of an agricultural community ensure Louisburg a bright future. The new addition of the Franklin County Airport, situated five miles southwest of Louisburg, has increased the industrial and commercial potential of the region.
Founded in 1779, Louisburg is home to Louisburg College, the nation's oldest two-year coeducational college. Known for its fine baseball team, the Hurricanes, the school also offers townspeople a wealth of concerts and special events. Housed in Louisburg is the Franklin Regional Medical Center, which provides a wide range of health services. For more in-depth medical care, residents have the options of Raleigh, a thirty-minute drive, and Durham, the "City of Medicine", merely forty-five minutes away.
Louisburg residents enjoy a mild, temperate climate. Warm winters with rare snowfalls and mild summers create a wonderful environment for outdoor enthusiasts. Golf is a year-round sport. The Bull Creek Golf and Country Club is Louisburg's own 18-hole facility, a scenic course through meandering hills. Franklin County offers a variety of courses. Canoeing down the Tar River is a favorite activity. Hikers enjoy the Bluff Loop Trail and the enchanting Riverbend Park. Carolina Sky Sports calls Louisburg home. This unique skydiving facility has operated for thirty-two years.
Louisburg retains a quaint atmosphere with ancient trees lining streets full of carefully preserved homes and shops. In the historic downtown district, an old-fashioned movie theatre still operates. The Hudson Manor, an elegant Southern plantation manor house set on eight acres of gorgeous landscaping, remains a favorite place to host a wedding or family event. The Laurel Mill is a must-see for history buffs, along with Person Place, another restored plantation house.
Louisburg claims the unique distinction of being the "whistling capitol of the world". It hosts the annual International Whistler's Convention, with competitions and awards. The week of the convention Louisburg declares Happy Whistlers Week, and residents and visitors stroll through town perfecting the fine art of whistling!
Louisburg, North Carolina continues to be a rare and splendid community. Full of southern charm, Louisburg offers small-town ambiance with the convenience of close proximity to major cities.
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