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    Chapel Hill
    NC
    When the University of North Carolina Board of Trustees chose the area around New Hope Chapel as the site for the first state university in 1793, they also named a committee to lay out a town adjacent to the site.
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    Harrisburg
    NC
    Settled mostly by Scotch-Irish sometime between 1732 and 1765, Harrisburg, still home to families that arrived in the 1700s, came by its name from the Robert Harris family and his descendants.
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    Kernersville
    NC
    In the 1870s, Kernersville citizens graded four miles of land for the railroad tracks themselves to ensure the railroad would travel through town.
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    Scotland Neck
    NC
    In 1722, a colony of Scotch Highlanders led by Lord Nairn settled in the "neck" of the Roanoke River. The name Scotland Neck first described the small communities that clustered around this original settlement.
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    Durham
    NC
    The "Bull City" prospered as a manufacturing hub for the tobacco industry and textiles for many decades, but has transformed itself into a place where shopping thrives and high-tech industry flourishes with upscale housing in the same classic buildings.
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    Maggie Valley
    NC
    In 1961, Cataloochee Ski Area opened as N.C.’s first ski resort, and today has the longest operating calendar east of the Mississippi.
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    Valdese
    NC
    The summer outdoor drama “From This Day Forward” honors the 29 Waldensian immigrants who fled religious persecution and settled in what would become Valdese. Their settlement was the largest Waldensian colony in the world outside of Italy.
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    Washington
    NC
    Washington is proud to have been the first city in America to be named for General George Washington, the future first president of the United States.
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    New Bern
    NC
    In 1893, New Bern drug store owner Caleb Bradham invented “Brad’s Drink,” a blend of carbonated water, sugar, pepsin, kola nut extract, vanilla and “rare oils.” On August 28, 1898, Caleb renamed his drink “Pepsi-Cola."
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    Conover
    NC
    Originally called “Wye Town,” Conover began to develop in the mid 1800s as a "Y" intersection of the railroad traversing North Carolina.

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