If you visit Goldsboro, be sure to bring your appetite and prepare to enjoy a taste of the town. Though Goldsboro offers a wide variety of dining options, the city claims to be the Barbecue Capital of the World. Be prepared to try Wayne County’s style of barbecue, which is vinegar-based and spiced with cayenne. It’s so good homesick Tarheel natives have it shipped to them when the craving for home town cooking hits.
After you’ve had your fill of Eastern Carolina barbecue, enjoy a taste of Goldsboro’s history. Like many North Carolina towns, Goldsboro thrived during the heyday of the train when the world’s longest railroad ran through town. Thanks to the rail connection, Goldsboro played an important part in the Civil War and was the site of the Battle of Goldsborough Bridge, when Union General John Foster destroyed the bridge and miles of track during a raid. Confederate losses were high.
Numerous historic markers identify places of interest and battlefields throughout the city. Some places you’ll want to visit include the Goldsboro Union Station, the Waynesborough Historical Village and the Cherry Hospital Museum. Of particular interest is the Willow Dale Cemetery, where an 1883 Confederate monument commemorates the mass grave of grave of approximately 800 rebel soldiers.
Agri-tourism is an important part of Goldsboro’s economy. There are more than a dozen interesting places to visit, including two wineries, a shrimp farm, a beekeeping operation and several farms offering seasonal crops.
Goldsboro offers many recreational opportunities, including athletic facilities for a variety of spots, parks and several golf courses. Hiking is a popular way to explore Goldsboro and its surrounding area. The North Carolina Birding Trail is part of the Cliffs of the Neuse State Park, which is in itself a fascinating destination.
Goldsboro’s Chamber of Commerce boasts about this ideal city, which is large enough to offer opportunities to its residents while maintaining an unhurried pace of life.