Farmville residents take great pride in the word ‘farm’ in their town name because the community has agrarian roots and named itself Farmville when it was incorporated in 1872. Prior to that, the settlement called itself “New Town,” reflecting the settlers bold action in taking a section of the empty coastal plain and turning it into some of the most productive farm land in the state of North Carolina.
Today, Farmville could just as easily be called “New Town” again, because visionary leaders, with the same kind of courage as the early settlers, have proactively responded to a changing economy and created a community of the future. Farmville has grown and changed with the times, and blossomed into a community with a strong diversified economy.
Turn-of-the-century buildings house contemporary businesses on a vibrant Main Street. Modern musicals, like “Chicago,” grace the stage of the historic Paramount Theatre. Historic homes and modern houses coexist beautifully and stand as a testament to the town’s determination to preserve its past while pursuing its future.
Today, Farmville is even more than the name implies. It is a community of the future, with small town charm yet big city style. It is a community of opportunity that honors its past and shapes its future.