Tarboro Town Common
Tarboro's impressive Town Common is one of two remaining original town commons created by legislature in the United States. Marble monuments and granite statues grace the grounds, as well as the Wyatt Fountain, and the beautiful herb garden area. The Common was established by Tarboro's founding fathers in 1760 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Backstory and Context
More than just a beautiful place for a picnic, the Town Common is home to several monuments and two memorials that share a rich history. The Confederate Statue honors the Confederate soldiers of Edgecombe County and was erected in 1904. The grave and monument of Mexican-American War Hero and Edgecombe County resident Louis D. Wilson can also be found in the Common. The Wyatt Fountain commemorates the first Confederate soldier killed in the Civil War, Henry Lawson Wyatt, a resident of Tarboro. The USS Maine Memorial stands in honor of the ship which was sunk in Havana Harbor before the Spanish-American War. The Brown Sundial was placed in 1938, in dedication to the Rev. Bertram Brown, rector of Calvary Episcopal Church for 27 years. There is also a Masonic monument to honor the night President George Washington spent in Tarboro on his southern tour, along with a Veterans Memorial erected in 2002 to honor all of the Veterans of our country. Also on the common area is the old cotton press from Norfleet farm which was restored and placed there as the last of its kind.
There are several events that take place on the Town Common in Tarboro. In the past, the events that were held on the Town Common were the circus (in 1904), numerous high school graduations in the 1920s, Tarboro's Bicentennial celebration in 1960 and the 1987 200th anniversary of NC Legislature meeting. More recently the Town of Tarboro celebrated its 250th birthday in 2010. Two events occur annually at the Town Common. These events are the Happening on the Common (usually the third Sat. in May) and the NC Symphony performance in early June. Additional events that take place on the Common are July 4th celebrations, weddings and family reunions.