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North Carolina History Project Encyclopedia features an edited, evolving, and comprehensive encyclopedia of the Tar Heel state. It has been produced for educational and research purposes. All entries are non-polemical, and new entries are frequently added.

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Wayne County (1779)

Wayne County was formed from Dobbs County in 1779 in North Carolina’s Coastal Plain.  Wayne County is named after “Mad Anthony” Wayne, one of George Washington’s most trusted generals.  Goldsboro is the county seat, and Wayne is also home to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.  Wayne is also the home of numerous cultural institutions and events.


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