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Timeline of Raleigh, North Carolina

The following is a timeline of the history of the city of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.

Prior to 19th centuryEdit

  • 1587 - In a venture sponsored by Sir Walter Raleigh, John White and a group of colonists land on Roanoke Island at the site of a former, abandoned settlement to found the "Cittie of Raleigh," about 190 miles from present-day Raleigh, NC. John White returns to England for supplies, leaving behind his granddaughter Virginia Dare, the first English child born in the New World.[1]
  • 1590 - His return delayed by threats against England by the Spanish Armada, John White secures passage on a privateer. As the party stepped ashore, there was no sign of the colonists except the letters "CROATOAN" carved on a tree. This abandoned site later became known as the "Lost Colony."
  • 1701 - John Lawson, English explorer, led a 600-mile expedition starting in Charleston, SC and ending at the mouth of the Pamlico River. His journey took him close to the site of what later became Raleigh, NC.[2]
  • 1770 - Joel Lane, a planter, successfully lobbies the colonial   General Assembly to create Wake County.[3]
  • 1781 - Lane’s property was the setting for a session of the state General Assembly. At this time the settlement was known as Wake Courthouse, or Bloomsbury and contained a courthouse, a jail, a tavern or inn, and a log church called the Asbury Meetinghouse.[4]
  • 1792
    • The NC legislature authorizes the purchase of 1,000 acres (4 km2) of Joel Lane's land upon which to establish the city of "Raleigh" as the new center of state government.
    • Raleigh is founded as the capital of North Carolina.[5]
  • 1794
    • State House built.[4]
    • December: State General Assembly convenes.[6]
  • 1798 - Cemetery established.
  • 1799 - The North-Carolina Minerva and Raleigh advertiser relocates from Fayetteville to become the first Raleigh Newspaper.[7]
  • 1800 - Raleigh population is 669.[4]

19th centuryEdit

20th centuryEdit



21st centuryEdit



See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Learn NC: Fort Raleigh and the Lost Colony".
  2. ^ a b Chamberlain 1922.
  3. ^ "Joel Lane House". National Park Service. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Federal Writers’ Project 1939.
  5. ^ a b c d Nergal 1980.
  6. ^ a b c "Calendar for 1905 with Dates of Important Events". Pocket Manual for the Use of Members of the General Assembly of North Carolina. 1905.
  7. ^ "Eighteenth-Century American Newspapers in the Library of Congress".
  8. ^ a b Population of the 100 Largest Cities and Other Urban Places in the United States: 1790 to 1990, US Census Bureau, 1998
  9. ^ "History of the Justice Building". North Carolina Judicial Branch. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  10. ^ a b North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. "(Raleigh)". This Day in North Carolina History. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  11. ^ William Cathcart, ed. (1883). Baptist Encyclopaedia. Philadelphia: L.H. Everts.
  12. ^ a b "US Newspaper Directory". Chronicling America. Washington DC: Library of Congress. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  13. ^ a b State Board of Agriculture (1896). North Carolina and its Resources.
  14. ^ Wodehouse 1967.
  15. ^ a b "Institution Directory". Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Archived from the original on May 10, 2000. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  16. ^ Frontis W. Johnston (1976). "North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, 1900-1975". North Carolina Historical Review. 53. JSTOR 23529619.
  17. ^ a b c North Carolina Manual. Raleigh: North Carolina Historical Commission. 1921.
  18. ^ American Library Annual, 1917-1918. New York: R.R. Bowker Co. 1918.
  19. ^ a b c d e American Association for State and Local History (2002). "North Carolina: Raleigh". Directory of Historical Organizations in the United States and Canada (15th ed.). ISBN 0759100020.
  20. ^ "Doers and Duties in One Club: Raleigh Women Meet Civic Needs", Life, 41 (26: The American Woman: Her Achievements and Troubles), December 24, 1956
  21. ^ Jack Alicoate, ed. (1939), "Standard Broadcasting Stations of the United States: North Carolina", Radio Annual, New York: Radio Daily, OCLC 2459636
  22. ^ a b "Movie Theaters in Raleigh, NC". Los Angeles: Cinema Treasures LLC. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  23. ^ "Growth Continues to Thrive in Downtown Raleigh".
  24. ^ a b 36 Hours in Raleigh 2014.
  25. ^ "African American newspapers in North Carolina". Research Guides for North Carolina. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
  26. ^ a b c d e f g h i j National Park Service 2009.
  27. ^ US Census Bureau (1957). Government in North Carolina. 1957 Census of Governments. U.S. Government Printing Office.
  28. ^ Charles A. Alicoate, ed. (1960), "Television Stations: North Carolina", Radio Annual and Television Year Book, New York: Radio Daily Corp., OCLC 10512206
  29. ^ Robert L. Harris Jr.; Rosalyn Terborg-Penn (2013). "Chronology". Columbia Guide to African American History Since 1939. Columbia University Press. ISBN 978-0-231-51087-5.
  30. ^ Pluralism Project. "Raleigh, NC". Directory of Religious Centers. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  31. ^ Buddhism and barbecue: a guide to Buddhist temples in North Carolina, Univ. of North Carolina, 2001
  32. ^ a b c d e "Raleigh's Sister Cities". City of Raleigh. Retrieved December 1, 2015.
  33. ^ "North Carolina". Official Congressional Directory. Washington DC: Government Printing Office. 1991–1992.
  34. ^ "Raleigh (city), North Carolina". State & County QuickFacts. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on March 14, 2009.
  35. ^ Civic Impulse, LLC. "Members of Congress". GovTrack. Washington, D.C. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  36. ^ "Raleigh (city), North Carolina". State & County QuickFacts. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 15, 2014. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  37. ^ "More than 150 arrested at 'Mega Moral Monday' protest". WRAL. June 3, 2013. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  38. ^ "Cleanup from largest Raleigh fire in decades to last into weekend". WRAL. March 17, 2017. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  39. ^ Federal Writers’ Project (1939). "Chronology". North Carolina: a Guide to the Old North State. American Guide Series. p. 567+ – via Open Library.


Published in 19th centuryEdit

  • Bishop Davenport (1838). "Raleigh". Pocket Gazetteer, or, Traveller's Guide through North America and the West Indies. Philadelphia: George & Byington.
  • R.H. Long (1863), "Raleigh", Hunt's Gazetteer of the Border and Southern States, Pittsburgh, Pa.: John P. Hunt
  • Raleigh Directory. 1875
  • "Wake County". Branson's North Carolina Business Directory. 1884.
  • Kemp Plummer Battle (1893). Early History of Raleigh. Raleigh: Edwards and Broughton, printers.

Published in 20th centuryEdit

  • Raleigh Directory. 1903
  • Moses Neal Amis (1913). Historical Raleigh. Raleigh, NC: Commercial Printing Company.
  • Hope Summerell Chamberlain (1922). History of Wake County, North Carolina. Raleigh: Edwards & Broughton Printing Co.
  • Federal Writers’ Project (1939). "Raleigh". North Carolina: A Guide to the Old North State. American Guide Series. p. 233+.
  • Lawrence Wodehouse (1967). "Alfred B. Mullett's Court Room and Post Office at Raleigh, North Carolina". Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. 26. JSTOR 988457.
  • Steven Stolpen, Raleigh: A Pictorial History (Norfolk, 1977).
  • Ory Mazar Nergal, ed. (1980), "Raleigh, NC", Encyclopedia of American Cities, New York: E.P. Dutton, p. 274+, OL 4120668M
  • Elizabeth Reid Murray, Wake: Capital County of North Carolina, Vol.1 of Prehistory through Centennial (Raleigh, 1983)
  • R.B., Reeves III, ed., Raleigh 1792-1992: A Bicentennial Celebration of North Carolina's Capital City (Raleigh, 1992)
  • Candy Lee Metz Beal, Raleigh: The First 200 Years (Raleigh, 1992)
  • Linda Harris Edminsten and Linda Simmons-Henry, Culture Town: Life in Raleigh's African American Communities (Raleigh, 1993)
  • David Perkins, ed., The News and Observer's Raleigh: A Living History of North Carolina's Capital (Winston-Salem, 1994)

Published in 21st centuryEdit

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