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Greene County

Greene County, NC



FORMED: 1799

LAND AREA: 265.93 square miles
White: 58.7%
Black/African American: 36.8% 
American Indian: 2.2%
Asian: 0.6%    
Pacific Islander: 0.3%
Two or more races: 1.4%
Hispanic/Latino: 15.7% (of any race)

From State & County QuickFacts, US Census Bureau, 2020.


Greene County

Coastal Plain


REGION: Coastal Plain
NEIGHBORING COUNTIES: Lenoir, Pitt, Wayne, Wilson

Greene County, NC

See also: North Carolina Counties (to access links to NCpedia articles for all 100 counties); Green County History.

by Allyson C. Criner, 2006

Greene County, located in the Coastal Plain region of east central North Carolina, was formed from Dobbs County (which no longer exists) in 1791. Tuscarora Indians originally inhabited the region, but after a period of conflict with English settlers culminating in the Tuscarora and Yamassee Wars (1711-15), they were forced out. Greene County is the site of Fort Neoheroka, scene of the decisive battle of the Tuscarora War in March 1713. The site has been investigated by archaeologists in recent years. The county was originally named Glasgow County, for North Carolina secretary of state James Glasgow, but it was renamed for Revolutionary War commander Nathanael Greene after Glasgow was indicted for fraud in 1799. Communities in Greene County include Hookerton, Walstonburg, and the county seat, Snow Hill, incorporated in 1828.

Greene County agricultural products include tobacco, corn, soybeans, swine, and chickens. The county has several lumber mills. The population of Greene County was estimated to be 20,000 in 2004.

Annotated history of Greene County's formation:

For an annotated history of the county's formation, with the laws affecting the county, boundary lines and changes, and other origin information, visit these references in The Formation of the North Carolina Counties (Corbitt, 2000), available online at North Carolina Digital Collections (note, there may be additional items of interest for the county not listed here):

County formation history:

Index entry for the county:


James M. Creech, History of Greene County, North Carolina: Compiled from Legends, Hearsay, Records Found There and Elsewhere (1979).

Additional resources:

Corbitt, David Leroy. 2000. The formation of the North Carolina counties, 1663-1943 (accessed June 20, 2017).

Greene County Government:

Greene County Chamber of Commerce:

DigitalNC, Greene County:

North Carolina Digital Collections (explore by place, time period, format):

Image credits:

Rudersdorf, Amy. 2010. "NC County Maps." Government & Heritage Library, State Library of North Carolina.

Origin - location: 


need guidance in finding book by Haun, Johnston co nc county court minutes 1778-1788. bk 2 Researching john gurley for info for application into DAR. Thank you and I will appreciate any help

Hello Wayma,

Thank you so much for visiting NCpedia!

Books 1-5 of Johnston County North Carolina Court Minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions transcribed by Weynette Parks Haun are available in the SLNC Government & Heritage Library located in Raleigh, North Carolina:

You can also search the international library catalog, WorldCat to see if a library near you has copies in their collection. 

Kind regards,

Molly Goldston, SLNC Government & Heritage Library

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