Tar Heel, North Carolina

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Town of Tar Heel is a town located in Bladen County, North Carolina, in the United States. As of the 2000 census, the town population was 70.

Tar Heel is home to the largest pork processing plant in the world which opened in 1992, operated by Smithfield Foods and is located just north of the Town Limits.



Tar Heel is located at 34°43′56″N 78°47′32″W / 34.73222°N 78.79222°W / 34.73222; -78.79222 (34.732353, -78.792284).[3] Tar Heel is located on the banks of the Cape Fear River, and its major highways are NC 87 and NC 131. With Fayetteville being 25 miles to the North West, Elizabethtown 15 miles to the South East, and Lumberton 16 miles to the South West the area is excellent for residents to commute to their work. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²), all of it land.


This Farming Community has a history dating back to the American Revolutionary War. Col. Thomas Robeson, whom Robeson County was named after lived in the Tar Heel Community. His home is located just to the east of Tar Heel. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places listings in Bladen County, North Carolina as Walnut Grove.

The town of Mayville, no longer in existence, was on the Robeson and Bladen County line and was the village mention in the diary of Elizabeth Ellis Robeson (1847–1866). Just when the village moved to what is now Tar Heel is unknown. During the American Civil War, Colonel Thomas Purdie and Capt Daniel Munn residents of the Tar Heel area were leaders in the war, at Gettysburg and Fort Fisher.

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