The Wright Brothers, credited with inventing and building the world's first successful airplane, made their first successful flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in 1903.
Duplin County, located in the eastern part of North Carolina, has a rich and diverse history that spans several centuries. The region was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, primarily the Algonquin and Tuscarora. In the 18th century, European colonizers began to settle in the area, leading to conflicts between the settlers and the native tribes. Eventually, the Tuscarora War broke out in 1711, with the settlers emerging victorious and removing the Native Americans from the region.

During the colonial period, Duplin County experienced significant agricultural growth, particularly in the cultivation of indigo, tobacco, and later cotton. The region became known for its fertile soil and abundance of timber, attracting more settlers to the area. In 1750, Duplin County was officially established as a county within the newly-formed North Carolina colony.

The county played a significant role during the American Revolutionary War, with numerous battles and skirmishes taking place within its borders. Duplin County was also home to several prominent figures in the war, including General John Ashe and Colonel Kenan. The war had a lasting impact on the county, stimulating the growth of the local economy and leading to increased migration to the area.

In the 19th century, Duplin County continued to thrive as an agricultural hub. The county's economy heavily relied on the slave labor system, with many large plantations operating in the area. The Civil War brought significant changes, as the county saw the effects of the war firsthand, with battles and troop movements occurring throughout the region. Following the war, the county faced the challenges of Reconstruction, but slowly regained its economic strength.

Today, Duplin County remains primarily rural and agriculture-based. The county is known for its thriving hog and poultry industries, as well as its strong ties to the farming community. Duplin County's rich history, from its Native American roots to its colonial and Revolutionary War past, continue to shape its identity and provide a glimpse into the region's fascinating past.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Duplin County, North Carolina.

  • Duplin County is established in 1750.
  • During the American Revolutionary War, the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge takes place in 1776.
  • In 1784, Kenansville becomes the county seat.
  • The Wilmington and Weldon Railroad is completed in 1840, boosting economic growth.
  • Duplin County experiences significant damage during the Civil War in the 1860s.
  • After Reconstruction, the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad reaches Duplin County in 1882.
  • The first tobacco warehouse opens in Warsaw in 1898.
  • In 1910, the Wallce Wagon Company, a major wagon manufacturer, is founded.
  • Duplin General Hospital is established in 1934.
  • In the 1960s, Duplin County becomes a center for hog farming.
  • North Carolina's first vineyard, Duplin Winery, is established in 1975.
  • In 1999, the county establishes the Duplin Winery Historical Complex.