Area Information

Near The Atlantic Ocean & North Carolina Mountains


The community of Bailey is said to have been named after Joe Bailey, an early settler of the area. Nash County itself was formed in 1777 from the western part of Edgecombe County.

It is nestled in the northeast part of the state, and is bounded by Edgecombe, Wilson, Johnston, Franklin and Halifax counties. It was named for General Francis Nash, a soldier who was mortally wounded while fighting under General George Washington at Germantown during the American Revolution. After the Revolution, Nash County became one of the state's leading farm areas.

Since the Civil War, it has been known primarily as a leading agricultural county, but it has experienced steady industrial growth since that time. While only 2.4% of Nash County's present day total employment is classified as agricultural, it still ranks 8th in area devoted to farmland.

Area public schools include Bailey Elementary School, Southern Nash High School and many others. Colleges and universities near Bailey include North Carolina State University at Raleigh, Shaw University, Wake Technical Community College and more.

Southern charm, rich history, a spectacular natural setting and mouth-watering dining are just a few of the delights that await you in the Roanoke Valley. Often called North Carolina's "cradle of history," historic Halifax is the birthplace of the Halifax Resolves, a document that gave rise to the creation of the Declaration of Independence. This state historic site is a "must see" for everyone in our area. The natural landscape also provides a wealth of recreational activities.

Community and civic events in our Edgecombe county area are endless. A strong commitment to the area is evident from the popularity of these special attractions. Visitors can experience the fun and excitement from the many parades, festivals and celebrations.


Bailey and Nash County offer a variety of cultural activities, attractions and things to see and do. The Rocky Mount Arts and Crafts Center offers opportunities in visual and performing arts.

Area cultural activities are also enhanced by the Community Concert Series of Symphony Orchestras, the North Carolina Wesleyan Concert Series and professional plays at North Carolina Wesleyan College.

You'll also want to check out the Braswell Library, Spring Hope Historical Museum, the Children's Museum, the Country Doctor Museum and others.

Hospitals and medical centers near Bailey include Wilson Medical Center, Franklin Regional Medical Center and Lifecare Hospitals of North Carolina.

It's only minutes to 2,200-acre Buckhorn Lake. Nash County and Rocky Mount also have abundant recreational opportunities. The 1,000-acre Tar River Reservoir provides an excellent place for all water-related sports.

Fine hunting and fishing are found within the community and throughout eastern North Carolina.

The city of Rocky Mount and Nashville boast facilities for recreational programs in tennis and softball. Rocky Mount's Sunset Park offers many playgrounds, a miniature train, historic carousel, zoo, picnic shelters, lighted tennis and basketball courts, softball field and more.

Spray Park is a one-of-a-kind attraction featuring 10 computer controlled water spray fountains within a traditional playground structure, and a skate park for skate boarding enthusiasts.

Other local municipalities provide various recreational programs for their residents as well. Excellent golfing facilities are also available at courses in the Rocky Mount, Nashville and Spring Hope areas.

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