• So many reasons to love Louisburg!

  • Historic Louisburg College

  • Historic Homes Abound

  • “To be, rather than to seem”

  • Take Time to Enjoy.

About the Town of Louisburg

The Town of Louisburg is a charming, small Town in the heart of the North Carolina piedmont. Louisburg is the county seat of Franklin County and is located in the geographic center of the County. With only a 25 minute drive to Raleigh, 40 minute drive to Durham, and 50 minute drive to Chapel Hill, Louisburg has access to some of the best Healthcare, Academic, Cultural, and Entertainment resources in North Carolina and the east coast of the United States!

Louisburg, nestled on the banks of the Tar River, was chartered in 1779 as the County seat of the newly formed Franklin County. Having been created in the midst of the American Revolution, the county was named in honor of Benjamin Franklin who was serving as foreign minister to France at the time. His negotiations with France helped secure financial and military support to the infant country, support that eventually led to the independence of the United States. As a result of this U.S.- France alliance, the Town of Louisburg was named in honor of King Louis XVI of France.

Louisburg soon became to hub for business activity for Franklin County, especially as the main point of agri-business of the time as cash crops such as cotton, wheat, and eventually tobacco were marketed in Town. Soon the town enjoyed an influx of merchants, doctors, attorneys, and craftsmen which also led to the movement of wealthy families to the area. Such demographic shifts resulted in strong, established social and religious organizations that are still alive and vibrant today!

From the beautiful Main St. corridor, full of historic churches and oak lined sidewalks, to the nations oldest private two-year college, Louisburg College, Louisburg is the quintessential small town America, from the multitude of municipal services enjoyed by citizens to the beauty of two river front parks, Louisburg offers many amenities to those wishing to enjoy the relaxed character of the small town while having short access to major city resources.

 

  • Small town life…

    What I believe makes life in a small town like Louisburg special is the relationships. Everyone knows everyone and there is a caring spirit. It’s the kind of place where your elementary and high school teachers attend the same church as you.

    Genie R. Faulkner
    Principal, Laurel Mill Elementary School

  • Raising a family here…

    When people ask me where I am from, I am proud to tell them Louisburg, NC. I have lived in Louisburg my entire life and love that we have chosen my hometown to raise our family.

    Genie R. Faulkner
    Principal, Laurel Mill Elementary School

  • It’s a special place here…

    Louisburg is a special place because of the people in the community. It’s the kind of place where you know all of the firemen because you went to school with them. It’s the kind of place that you feel safe to walk down the sidewalks and wave to people riding by.

    Genie R. Faulkner
    Principal, Laurel Mill Elementary School

  • So much to offer…

    The town has a lot to offer through the schools, Louisburg College, the many churches and civic organizations, the library, the recreations department, and many other offerings, but the people are what truly make it special.

    Genie R. Faulkner
    Principal, Laurel Mill Elementary School

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Useful Information

  • Less than 40 miles from RTP
  • 45 mins from RDU Airport
  • 10 mins from Franklin County Regional Airport
  • 4 hrs from Washington DC
  • 2 hrs from Beaches
  • 3 hrs from NC Mountains
  • Established 1779
  • Named for King Louis XVI of France
  • Population (2010) 3,359 
  • County Seat of Franklin County
  • Elevation 220 feet
  • Higher Education: Louisburg College & Vance-Granville Community College
16 Buildings Listed on National
Register of Historic Places Including:
  • Cascine
  • Cooke House
  • Dean Farm
  • Franklin County Training School
  • Riverside Union School
  • Fuller House
  • Green Hill House
  • Louisburg Historic District
  • Main Building
  • Louisburg College
  • Massenburg Plantation
  • Person Place
  • Portridge
  • Rose Hill
  • Patty Person Taylor House
  • Thomas and Lois Wheless House
  • Williamson House