As the northernmost point of navigation on the Meherrin River, Murfreesboro was the deepest a seagoing vessel out on the Albemarle Sound might penetrate into the large and productive farming area of southern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina.
Murfreesboro was designated by Congress in 1790 as an official port of entry, and the customs records indicate a profitable three-cornered trade with New England and the West Indies. The vessels and their cargoes were mostly owned by captains from New England, many of whom put down roots here and impressed their outlook on the new town in ways that have not entirely vanished to this day.
History comes alive for you in the Historic District, where you can gain new insights into the lifestyle of the early inhabitants and enjoy the tales of their trials and triumphs.
Murfreesboro's 12-block Historic District contains outstanding examples of houses and commercial buildings constructed in the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries. guided tours of the District offer an exciting glimpse into the past.
The Brady C. Jefcoat Museum housed in the circa 1922 Murfreesboro High School boasts an incredible
collection of Americana representing 25 years of active collecting by Mr. Brady
C. Jefcoat, of Raleigh, NC. You will be amazed at the thousands of items
portraying the nation's industry and culture from 1850-1950! The diversity of
the collection is overwhelming, ranging from laundering and cooking equipment to
Daisy air rifles and mounted animals and gamebirds.
Don't forget our festivals, either! The North Carolina Watermelon Festival is held every August. And the Roanoke-Chowan Pork Festival takes place in June.