Wayne County, North Carolina

Wayne County, North Carolina
Wayne County Courthouse 1948.jpg
Wayne County Courthouse in Goldsboro, 1948
Seal of Wayne County, North Carolina
Seal
Map of North Carolina highlighting Wayne County
Location within the U.S. state of North Carolina
Map of the United States highlighting North Carolina
North Carolina's location within the U.S.
Founded1779
Named forAnthony Wayne
SeatGoldsboro
Largest cityGoldsboro
Area
 • Total557 sq mi (1,443 km2)
 • Land553 sq mi (1,432 km2)
 • Water3.8 sq mi (10 km2), 0.7%
Population
 • (2010)122,623
 • Density222/sq mi (86/km2)
Congressional district7th
Time zoneEastern: UTC−5/www.waynegov.com

Wayne County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 122,623.[1] Its county seat is Goldsboro[2] and it is home to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.

Wayne County comprises the Goldsboro, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Prior to 1730, Native Americans were the only known occupants of the territory now known as Wayne County. Settlers trickled into the territory, occupying land along the Neuse River. There was no general migration here until after 1750; as populations built up in the coastal areas, some settlers moved west for land.[3]

Wayne County was established during the American Revolutionary War on November 2, 1779 from the western part of Dobbs County. It was named for "Mad Anthony" Wayne, a general in the war. The act establishing the County provided that the first court should be held at the home of Josiah Sasser, at which time the justices were to decide on a place for all subsequent courts until a courthouse could be erected. By 1782 the commissioners were named. In 1787 an act was passed establishing Waynesborough on the west side of the Neuse River, on the land of Doctor Andrew Bass. The courthouse was built here.[4]

In 1855 parts of Wayne County, Edgecombe County, Johnston County, and Nash County were combined to form Wilson County.

Other Languages
বিষ্ণুপ্রিয়া মণিপুরী: ৱাইনে কাউন্টি, নর্থ ক্যারোলাইনা
Mìng-dĕ̤ng-ngṳ̄: Wayne Gông (North Carolina)
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