Cary History

Cary’s Heritage: Cary General Stores

Cary, NC – Cary may never have had a Mast General Store, but there were several mom and pop stores that operated for years in or near downtown. Read more

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Cary’s Heritage: The YMCA

Cary, NC – Folks remember some of the history of building YMCAs in Cary. Read more

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Cary Residents Consider the Future of Historic Properties

Cary, NC – Cary’s history goes back hundreds of years and the town owns buildings and property from the early 20th and 19th Centuries that still stand. During May, local residents were asked to give their thoughts on what should be done with these pieces of Cary’s history. Read more

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Cary’s Heritage: From The Farm To The Big World

Cary, NC – Michael Edwards remembers his journey from the farm to the big world. Read more

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Hop On Downtown Cary’s First Historic Trolley Tour

Cary, NC – To celebrate the 150th year of the Page-Walker Hotel, a new tour is teaching people the history of Downtown Cary, all from the ease and comfort of a trolley car. Read more

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Cary’s Heritage: Chores in the Early Days

Cary, NC – Cary women remember doing chores in the early days.

Mary Belle Phillips

For laundry, my daddy built a washhouse behind our house. First, you had to draw water from the well into two tubs and heat it up. Then you scrubbed the clothes on a washboard, then boiled them, then rinsed them, then you’d wring them out by hand before hanging them on a clothesline to dry. Read more

Dorcas Ministries

Dorcas Ministries Reflects on 50 Years

Cary, NC – Dorcas Ministries turns 50 this year. Over those decades, it has maintained a core of committed volunteers while expanding and adapting its services. Read more

Cary’s Heritage: Rachel and Dad Dunham

Cary, NC – Cary folks remember Rachel and Rufus “Dad” Dunham.

Rachel Dunham

As a child, I attended Cary High School and boarded at the Page-Walker Hotel. I graduated in 1924, then had a year of teacher training. I taught school in Goldsboro for two years, and then came back to Cary in 1927 to teach at Cary High. Read more

Cary’s Heritage: The Spanish Flu

Cary, NC – The 1918 flu pandemic, also known as the Spanish flu, which was the deadliest in history, infected an estimated 500 million people worldwide, which was about one-third of the planet’s population. The total death toll is estimated at 20 million to 50 million victims worldwide, however, other estimates run as high as 100 million victims. These two Cary women were alive during the epidemic and shared their memories during oral history interviews. Read more

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Showing Historic Buildings Love this Valentine’s Season

Cary, NC – Valentine’s Day and February is a time to show affection and attention to loved ones. But this year, a new initiative will let people show their love for historic Cary sites and learn more about them. Read more