Triangle Area Communites
Locals refer to their charming Zebulon as the Town of Friendly People. Zebulon is at the far edge of Wake County, 24-miles to the immediate east of Raleigh.
Zebulon started small...really small. In 1905, 275-acres were purchased by two local businessmen for their Zebulon Company venture. Foreseeing the benefits of the forthcoming Raleigh and Pamlico Railroad passing through local farms, the acreage was divided into lots. The sale was a success, and the land along the railroad was named Zebulon, in honor of popular Civil War North Carolina Governor Zebulon Baird Vance.
Railroad towns meant commerce and by the 1920's, Zebulon had grown to a respectable 1,000 citizens. Banks, tobacco warehouses, professional services, a cotton mill and numerous retail businesses helped make Zebulon a significant trade center.
And people still come to Zebulon for lots and homebuilding, taking advantage of the aura of small town life. In rural areas of the town, agriculture is still an important aspect of the local economy with products such as cotton, tobacco, wheat, corn and soybeans being grown. Zebulon is also home to a booming coat making industry, relying heavily on tourists to support this business.
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