Town of Four Oaks

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History / Facts

Four Oaks was one of several towns founded along a branch of the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad, completed though Johnston County in 1886.

Four Oaks named for four oak tree sprouts growing from a stump—incorporated in 1889, and at that time had a post office, a public gin, saw and grist mills, a saloon and general store, a church, and a population of 25.

Cotton and tobacco farming were notable industries in the surrounding community.

Street lights were installed in 1907, and by 1910 Four Oaks had a population of 329.

The Four Oaks Commercial Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.

Links - Town of Four Oaks Website - Johnston County Visitors Bureau

Census Information



Four Oaks Map by Johnston County GIS




Page last updated on:  January 19, 2024