Johnston/So. Wake County

VOL15ISS1 2016

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE—JOHNSTON/SOUTHERN WAKE COUNTIES NC | VOLUmE 15—ISSUE 1 34 surroundinG toWns Surrounding Towns by laurel hyatt While it's true that Johnston and Wake Counties are home to amazing larger cities and towns, it is perhaps the unique surrounding towns and communities that endear the area to individuals and families looking for the best of both the Research Triangle's excitement and the laid-back pace of small town living. Just about exactly halfway between New York City and Miami on I-95 and US 301, the area is hometown to less than 2,000 residents; the largest Civil War battlefeld in the state - Bentonville; the largest park in Johnston County - Howell Woods (with Holts Lake only three miles away); and the Annual Acorn Festival (scheduled for May 21, 2016). A railroad-inspired town, Benson, with approximately 3,600 residents, is located about 22 miles southeast of Raleigh. The town is sandwiched between the Neuse and Cape Fear Rivers and is blessed with a temperate climate, rich soil and a long growing season. In recent years agriculture has started giving way to more diversification particularly in manufacturing and biotechnology. In Benson residents enjoy the best of big city diversions, plus a relaxed, small town, family- centered way of life. Golf can be enjoyed year round, and the surrounding area has bountiful opportunities for fishing, hunting, boating, camping and hiking. The Benson Mule Days festival now draws an estimated 50,000 annually, featuring parades, beauty queens, rodeos, street dances, bluegrass music, arts and crafts, and barbecue. For those searching for the best of big city living and small town feel, Knightdale is a great place to start/continue a career or family. Located just nine miles from downtown Raleigh and a short drive to Research Triangle Park, Knightdale is one of the fastest- growing communities in the Triangle metro region and is defnitely an emerging city powered by a young population. Knightdale Parks and Recreation provides multiple parks and greenways for residents and visitors including Knightdale Station and Trails, Knightdale Community Park and Trails, Environmental Park and Trail, Mingo Creek Park and Trail and Harper Park. The second oldest town in Wake County, Rolesville was originally incorporated in 1837. Only the City of Raleigh is older. Beginning as a farming community, most of the large family farms in the heart of Rolesville have been developed into residential or commercial subdivisions, allowing Rolesville to become one of the top three fastest growing communities in North Carolina. Cary calls itself a town, but with a population of nearly 156,000, it's one of the largest cities in the state. The city is under 20 minutes from downtown Raleigh, and has something for every taste. The Cary Arts Center and the renovated Cary Theater get locals downtown for live performances and special events. Live music and concerts thrill crowds at Koka Booth Amphitheatre. Starting in May the North Carolina Symphony performs at the outdoor venue each weekend until July. The town of Morrisville is a hub for some of the largest business icons in the nation including second-largest and fastest-growing PC manufacturer, Lenovo, and personal product company Burt's Bees. In the past, Morrisville had a reputation as a great place to work but not to live. That is changing with thriving businesses moving in, and the 16-screen Carmike Cinema that draws folks on nights and weekends. New home construction, apartments, and hotels are springing up. The town has fve parks providing residents the opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities. [] quaint, diversifed, up and coming

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