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Louisburg - A brief history



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Louisburg, nestled on the banks of the Tar River, was chartered in 1779 as the County seat of the newly formed Franklin County. Having been created in the midst of the American Revolution, the county was named in honor of Benjamin Franklin who was serving as foreign minister to France at the time. His negotiations with France helped secure financial and military support to the infant country, support that eventually led to the independence of the United States. As a result of this U.S.-France alliance, the Town of Louisburg was named in honor of King Louis XVI of France.

Louisburg soon became a hub for business activity for Franklin County, especially as the main point of agri-business of the time for cash crops such as cotton, wheat, and eventually tobacco, were marketed in Town. Soon the town enjoyed an influx of merchants, doctors, attorneys and craftsmen which also led to the movement of wealthy families to the area. Such demographic shifts resulted in strong, established social and religious organizations that are still alive and vibrant today.

The beautiful Main St. corridor is resplendent with historic churches and oak-lined sidewalks, and home to the nation’s oldest private two-year college, Louisburg College, chartered in 1779. Louisburg is a perfect example of small town America.

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