Incorporated in 1760, and said to be one of the state's most beautiful towns, Tarboro in the 18th and 19th centuries was a thriving port on the Tar River, and was once a candidate to become North Carolina's capital city.
Now it is the home of Edgecombe Community College, a QVC distribution center, and many other thriving businesses and corporations. It boasts a 45-block Historic District, a lovely Town Common, the Hobson Pittman Memorial Gallery in the c. 1808 Blount-Bridgers House, and a downtown with unique shops, restaurants, and early 20th century commercial properties in the process of renovation.
Within walking distance of the Town Common, the Tour included six privately restored homes (one a B&B; with wine bar), two historic churches, and the Bridgers Building on Main Street as a work-in-progress. On the outskirts of town, two c. 1709 historic residences on an estate with a pond, livestock and a horse barn were also shown.
The Blount-Bridgers House, a c.1808 historic house museum and art gallery operated by the Edgecombe County Cultural Arts Council (Edgecombe ARTS) served as Tour headquarters.