Town of

Tabor City

Close to the Beach

Tabor City has award-winning campgrounds, locally owned restaurants, muscadine wines & family valued traditions.

Distance to Myrtle Beach (minutes)

Population

We are a friendly community where you will always be greeted with a wave and a smile whether at a football game on Friday night or at the North Carolina Yam Festival where sweet potatoes steal the show each October.

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ABOUT THE CITY

Tabor City, North Carolina prominently sits in the southeast corner of the state in Columbus County. This town filled with southern charm and hospitality was founded as a rural market town on the Atlantic Coast Railroad. Our rich history as an agricultural center can still be seen today with our fields of corn, lumber yards, and grain silos. The municipality has a population of 4,287 and is located within 30 minutes of the Grand Strand (Myrtle Beach, SC and Brunswick County, NC).

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so much more than that. Where our tea is always sweet, our chicken is always fried, and our neighbors always have time for a front porch conversation it is also home to a few celebrities. Tabor City is home to Country music legend Stonewall Jackson. Stonewall became the first artist to join the Grand Ole Opry before obtaining a recording contract. He had many hits such as “Waterloo”, “Life to Go” and “Me and You and a Dog Named Boo”. Stonewall was also the first artist to record a live album from the Grand Ole Opry with Old Showboat. Another local celebrity from our southern town is Pulitzer Prize winning author Horace Carter. In 1953, Mr. Carter was awarded the Pulitzer for his coverage of the real-life struggle with the Ku Klux Klan in his small town of Tabor City which led to the first federal interventions in the South during that era, and to the arrest and conviction of nearly 100 Klansmen. Take time to visit where this Pulitzer prize winning author started the town’s very first newspaper the “Tabor Tribune” located on East 4th Street.

Tabor City is award-winning campgrounds, locally owned restaurants, muscadine wines, and family valued traditions. We are a friendly community where you will always be greeted with a wave and a smile whether at a football game on Friday night or at the North Carolina Yam Festival where sweet potatoes steal the show each October.

While areas around us have changed with hasty growth, suburban lifestyles, and traffic jams, Tabor City has maintained our identity as a true southern town with our laid-back hospitality, sense of community pride, and nostalgic return to simpler times.

So, join us in Tabor City and Discover a Different Time.

OUR HISTORY

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THE PRESENT

Today the Town is transitioning from tobacco-based agriculture and textiles to one based on light manufacturing, service, retail, and tourism…

Discover a Different Time

News – Project Updates and Events

Lake Tabor dam will look much different this year

Lake Tabor dam will look much different this year

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com Expect a very different view of the dam at Lake Tabor before the end of the year. Engineering work is largely complete, parts and materials are on order, and work to repair damage to the dam from 2016’s Hurricane Matthew and...

Depot on Track for $250k Grant

Depot on Track for $250k Grant

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com Tourism rail linking Tabor City with Grand Strand tourists by way of Conway is poised to take a $250,000 step forward, with tentative approval of a US Department of Agriculture Rural Business Development Grant presented to the...

Lake Tabor dam will look much different this year

Lake Tabor dam will look much different this year

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com Expect a very different view of the dam at Lake Tabor before the end of the year. Engineering work is largely complete, parts and materials are on order, and work to repair damage to the dam from 2016’s Hurricane Matthew and...