Franklin County, North Carolina

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Franklin County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of 2000, the population was 47,260. Its county seat is Louisburg[1].



The county was formed in 1779 from the southern half of Bute County. It was named for Benjamin Franklin.

County Formation Timeline

1664 Albemarle County formed (original, extinct)

1668 Albemarle County subdivided into Carteret, Berkeley, & Shaftesbury Precincts

1681 Shaftesbury Precinct renamed Chowan Precinct

1722 Bertie County formed from Chowan Precinct

1739 Bertie Precinct becomes Bertie County

1741 Edgecombe County formed from Bertie County

1746 Granville County formed from Edgecombe County

1754 Creation of Bertie Precinct, Edgecombe County, & Granville County repealed by King George II, in Privy Council

1756 Bertie , Edgecombe, & Granville re-created

1764 Bute County (extinct) formed from Granville County

1779 Franklin County formed from Bute County (extinct)

1787 Franklin County gains land from Wake County

1875 Franklin County gains land from Granville County

1881 Franklin County loses land to help form Vance County

Franklin County Song

by Fred U. Wolfe

With loyalty we sing thy praise,
Glory to thy honored name!
Our voices loud in tribute raise,
Making truth thy pow'r proclaim.
Thy past is marked with vict'ry bold;
Thy deeds today can ne'er be told,
And heroes brave shall e'er uphold
Franklin's name forevermore.

We love thy rich and fruitful soil,
Wood, and stream, and thriving town.
We love the gift of daily toil,
Making men of true renown.
Thy church and school shall ever stand
To drive the darkness from our land—
A true and loyal, valiant band,
Sons of Franklin evermore.

A shrine of promise, pow'r and truth,
Lasting righteousness and peace,
A land of hope for toiling youth,
Yielding songs that never cease.
Let ev'ry son and daughter stay
The hand of vice that brings decay.
When duty's voice we shall obey,
Franklin's name shall live for aye.

The "Franklin County Song" was selected in a 1929 contest by the county historical association as the song most suitable for public occasions. The words were written by Fred U. Wolfe, an agriculture teacher at Gold Sand. Sung to the tune "Maryland, My Maryland" ("O Christmas Tree"), the song was incorporated in the Bicentennial programs of 1979. At the evening convocation of January 29, Mrs. Beth Norris announced to the audience that Wolfe (retired and residing in North, South Carolina) was aware his song was part of the program that night. (See Franklin Times, January 30, 1979.)[2]

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