Wake County

Wake County is the state’s second largest in area, at 866 square miles. It was named after Margaret Wake, the wife of Royal Governor William Tryon, the man who defeated the rebellious “Regulators” in Alamance County in 1771. Tryon later moved back to England in 1778 after it became evident the Colonials would be victorious.

Wake’s county seat is Raleigh, which is also the state’s capital. As with most Southern capitals, it has a colorful history. The city began its life as a tavern in 1771. Fires destroyed much of the town three times, and the Reconstruction era after the War Between the States saw carpetbaggers and scalawags gain control of the General Assembly.

As the New South rose in the late 19th century, Raleigh shared in the benefits of economic growth. Cotton mills and tobacco warehouses, North Carolina staples, fed the economy of Wake County for decades. With the waning of textile mills and the tobacco industry, Raleigh, like Richmond further up I-95 has become a town where government is the biggest industry.

Though it values its rich history, the capital city is now a modern metropolis complete with high-powered college sports at North Carolina State University and a major professional sports franchise in the Carolina Hurricanes NHL club.

Wake County combines the best of urban living in Raleigh, with all the entertainment, arts and recreation that come with it, with the best of suburban and rural living in the towns of Cary, Garner, Wake Forest, Wendell, Zebulon, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina, Apex, Morrisville, Rolesville and Knightdale.

There are many wonderful school systems in Wake County, make sure to research for the best school for your child before you buy a home.  Visit the Wake County Public School System for more information.

There is a lot of in-depth information to be found about Wake County’s government agencies here.

The North Carolina Department of Justice will give you all the information you need to make sure the area you want to live is safe for you and your family.

The Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce provides information on many businesses in the Raleigh area and news on upcoming events and programs. The City of Raleigh website is also a great resource for employment, parks, bus schedules, arts related events, and public safety issues.

 

Variety in North Carolina

There are many great places to see in North Carolina, make sure you check them out while you are researching for a home.

Duke University

Home of the Blue Devils, Duke University has about 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students and a world-class faculty helping to expand the frontiers of knowledge. The university has a strong commitment to applying knowledge in service to society, both near its North Carolina campus and around the world. Read more…

The University of North Carolina

Carolina’s vibrant people and programs attest to the University’s long-standing place among leaders in higher education since it was chartered in 1789 and opened its doors for students in 1795 as the nation’s first public university. Read more…

North Carolina State University

Since the day of its creation – March 7, 1887 – NC State has been moving forward. It moved forward in 1889, when the first class of 72 students enrolled. A clear mission propelled the land-grant college: to open the doors of higher education to all of North Carolina, and to transform the state by developing and dispersing an understanding of agricultural and mechanical sciences. Read more…

Carolina Hurricanes

The Carolina Hurricanes are a professional ice hockey team based in Raleigh. They are members of the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL), and play their home games at the 18,680-seat PNC Arena. Read more…

Red Hat Amphitheater

Since opening on June 4, 2010, The Red Hat Amphitheater has become a beacon for live entertainment in the Southeast. Just steps from the fun and energy of downtown Raleigh’s bars, clubs, galleries and restaurants, this 5,000-seat venue blends the state-of-the-art with the simply convenient. Read more…

Durham Performing Arts Center

The Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) hosts over 200 performances a year including touring Broadway productions, high-profile concert and comedy events, family shows and the American Dance Festival. Read more…

Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce

The Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce serves its members by encouraging profitable enterprise and social progress for the benefit of our community. Read more…