Scotland Neck, NC – Small Town Character


In 1722 a colony of Scotch Highlanders led by Lord Nairn settled in the “neck” of the Roanoke River. The name Scotland Neck first described the small communities that clustered around this original settlement. Nearly 150 years later, a progressive citizen named John Hyman adopted the name for the town he was to establish in this thriving area of commerce. Scotland Neck was officially incorporated in 1867 and work began creating the spacious avenues and tree-lined median of the north and southbound lanes of Main Street.

Today this historic median is festooned with glorious crepe myrtles that bloom each summer, a sight that welcomes thousands of visitors to Scotland Neck’s annual Crepe Myrtle Festival in August. Live music, craftspeople with their wares, food and drink entertain the visitors, guests and home folks who fill our streets. However, this festival is just one highlight in a town that values civic involvement.

Kiwanis, Lions, Junior Order, Masons and other civic groups take pride in annual projects that add value to the community. These clubs are joined by Baptist, Methodist, Episcopal, Presbyterian and Catholic churches working together to broaden Scotland Neck’s base of support, attracting people of all backgrounds and denominations to the community.

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3 responses to “Scotland Neck, NC – Small Town Character

  1. Teresa Clemmer

    For many years The Holiness Church has been apart of the scotland Neck community. It was first over on the east side of town, on 10th street. It later moved to Roanoke Street., From the 1940’s to 2002 The Scotland Neck Pentecostal Holiness was there on Roanoke Street. The church now is called The New Birth Tabernacle.
    The Holiness church is now on Hwy 125 North of Scotland Neck. We are still apart of this community, and I very seldom see the Holiness church listed among the other churches. I am proud of my church which is now called;
    I think it time to name all churches when the list is printed on the scotlandneck web site.
    We are apart of this community and I am just speaking for myself.

    Teresa Clemmer

  2. Hi Teresa,

    Have you taken this matter up with your local chamber?

    You should!


  3. Brenda A. Pierce

    I saw your comment about Scotland Neck, N.C.My Father told me that he was the first man of color who was employed at the neighborhood grocery Store. It this is something some one from the city council or chamber of commerce would like to hear about e-mail me, I’d like that. Myfather would be very proud.

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