Zebulon may be a small town, but that doesn’t mean it’s not interesting. We love the charm and the people and the family-friendly things to do. But here are some other notable points about our “Town of Friendly People.”
- The town was named for Zebulon Baird Vance. Maybe you knew this one, but of course, we couldn’t leave it out! Vance was North Carolina’s governor during the Civil War. Vance also served as a state representative and later in U.S. Congress — and he was only 28 years old at the time!
- Zebulon might not exist if it wasn’t for the railroad. In 1906, Raleigh and Pamlico Sound Railroad Company decided to put its rail path in what is now Zebulon. The town was officially recognized in 1907.
- Zebulon has three properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. They are the George and Neva Barbee House, the Wakelon School (Town Hall), and the Bennett Bunn Plantation.
- The two-story Barbee house was constructed in 1914, in the American Craftsman/Bungalow style.
- Wakelon School was built in 1908 and served as an elementary school until the student population grew too large for it. GlaxoSmithKline used it for a time as office space; the town purchased it in 2007 for use as Town Hall.
- The Bennett Bunn Plantation was built in 1833. The property was owned by generations of the Bunn family until 2000, when Bennett Bunn’s great-granddaughter sold it. Today it remains a private residence, but the property is used as a wedding venue.
- Clifton Daniel was born in Zebulon. Daniel was the managing editor of the New York Times from 1964 to 1969. He later became the son-in-law of President Harry Truman after marrying Truman’s daughter, Margaret.
- Zebulon Community Park is 47 acres and features an 18-hole championship disc golf course. The course ranks 23rd on a list of top North Carolina Disc Golf Courses. If you’re new to this growing sport, check out the rules from the Disc Golf Association.