The state's largest city, Charlotte, was named after Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the wife of King George III of England.

Granville County, located in North Carolina, has a rich and diverse history that dates back centuries. The area was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, such as the Occaneechi and Saponi, who left their mark on the land through artifacts and settlements. In the early 18th century, European settlers began to arrive in the region, primarily of English and German descent. The county itself was officially established in 1746 and named after John Carteret, the second Earl of Granville, who was one of the original eight Lord Proprietors of Carolina.

During the American Revolutionary War, Granville County played an active role in the fight for independence. Many Granville County residents joined the Continental Army, and notable figures such as General Nathanael Greene and future US President James Madison were known to have connections to the county. The Battle of Kerr's Creek in 1781, which took place in present-day Granville County, was a significant engagement between American and British forces.

Throughout the 19th century, Granville County experienced economic growth, particularly in agriculture and industry. Tobacco became a major cash crop, and the county became known for its tobacco production. Industries such as textiles and manufacturing also emerged, contributing to the county's prosperity. Granville County was home to the Oxford Female College, one of the first women's colleges in the United States, which opened in 1851.

In more recent history, Granville County has seen significant growth and development. The county has diversified its economy, with a strong focus on healthcare, education, and small businesses. Cultural and historical preservation efforts have also been prioritized, with the restoration and preservation of historic sites and landmarks. Today, Granville County continues to be a vibrant and thriving community, marked by its diverse heritage and dedication to progress.

  • 1746 - Granville County is formed as a part of Edgecombe County.
  • 1752 - The county is officially established, named after John Carteret, 2nd Earl Granville.
  • Late 1700s - Granville County becomes a major tobacco producer and trade center.
  • 1836 - Parts of Granville County are used to create Person County.
  • Mid-1800s - The county experiences economic growth with the extension of railroads.
  • 1875 - The county courthouse burns down, leading to the reconstruction of a new courthouse.
  • Late 1800s - The textile industry begins to thrive in Granville County.
  • Early 1900s - The county experiences agricultural advancements and increases in population.
  • 1930s - Granville County hosts the majority of rural electrification projects in the state.
  • 1960s - Racial tensions and civil rights movements impact the county.
  • 2000 - Granville County celebrates its 250th anniversary.