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Grifton North Carolina

Grifton is a small town with a big history, which dates back to the early 1700s when the Tuscarora Indians called it their home.

In 1755 the first settlers came to Grifton naming it Peter’s Ferry. About ten years later it was renamed Blount’s Ford. In 1850 it was given another new name, Bell’s Ferry. In 1883 the town was incorporated under this name and the population was about 75. The town’s name changed one more time in 1889. The town was named Grifton in honor of C. M. A. Griffin, who was a significant landowner and merchant.

In 1951 the world’s first polyester plant opened just 3 miles from town, which caused Grifton’s population to reach 510. By 1960 the formerly tiny town’s population tripled. The town became known as the “fastest growing town in the state,” with a soaring population of 1816. In 1971 the town held their first Shad Festival, which became an annual tradition. In the year of 1999 Grifton faced a devastating tragedy. 481 of Grifton’s 2,554 residents died in the “Flood of the Century.” As of 2006, Grifton’s population has slowly climbed back up to 2,476.

Life in Grifton NC

Grifton is located approximately 15 miles from Greenville and NC Highway 264 and is only 14 miles from Kinston and US Highway 70. In the Town of Grifton the economy and its further development relies mainly on local small businesses. However, the town is surrounded by many large companies and has a lot of potential for business growth and development.

There are plenty of things to explore right in and around the town of Grifton. With its convenient location, visitors and residents often travel a short distance to Greenville and Kinston. Right in town there are also plenty of adventures.

Grifton NC is filled with parks and recreational activities promoting a healthy and relaxing lifestyle. One of the town favorites is Contentnea Creek, where people can enjoy year round fishing, canoeing, scenic walking trails, volleyball, and camping. At Indian Trails Country Club members can kick back and relax around the pool, work up a sweat on the tennis courts, or enjoy a game of golf on the sprawling, green 18-hole course.

The most popular part of life in Grifton NC comes only once a year. The Shad Festival, an annual tradition started in 1971, symbolizes “fun, fellowship, and working together towards a common goal.” The festival lasts for a couple of days with activities catering to all ages and interests. There are more than 40 events from crafts to clogging and historical exhibits. Most events and activities are free, outside, and everything is family-oriented.

Education is an important part of life in Grifton. Children, teens, and young adults in the town of Grifton either attend the local public schools or travel to a private school.  Grifton Elementary School is the learning house for children from kindergarten through 8th grade. The early education school is located in the heart of town.  Ayden-Grifton High School is a quick 5 minute drive north. Private schools can be easily accessed in the close cities of Greenville and Kinston. Most of these schools are pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

Grifton NC Real Estate

Grifton NC real estate offers homes to fulfill all of everyone’s needs and desires. From modern to historic, homes in Grifton offer a range of affordable price ranges. The wonderful community provides an enjoyable life style and favorable environment to raise a family.

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Listing information last updated on August 20th, 2017 at 3:39am EDT.