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About Cary Realty Group

In the area where Cary, North Carolina sits was first settled in 1750 as Bradford’s Ordinary. The North Carolina Railroad was constructed between New Bern and Hillsborough about 100 years later, which linked this settlement to a major route of transportation. In 1854, the settling of Cary began with the arrival of the railroad when a Wake County farmer and lumberjack Allison Francis “Frank” Page, along with his wife Catherine “Kate” Raboteau Page, bought 300 acres adjacent to the junction of the railroad. Page named his development Cary, after prohibitionist and former Ohio congressman Samuel Fenton Cary.

The first developments created along the initial streets of Cary included a general store, post office and sawmill. A hotel followed in 1868 to give railroad passengers coming through the area a place to stay. Other firsts that followed were the first doctor in 1869, the first school in 1870, and Page became the first mayor of Cary in 1871 when it was incorporated. Additional railroads came to the area in 1879, making it an even larger transportation hub and promoting additional growth. The first public high school of North Carolina was built in Cary in 1907 and the Bank of Cary in 1909.

The building of the Walker Hotel in the late 1800s was needed to accommodate the increased travel through the area. Today, the Walker Hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places and was recently renovated to include the Page-Walker Arts and History Center. Other landmarks located in Cary that boast a spot on the National Register of Historic Places include the Carpenter Historic District, Cary Historic District, Green Level Historic District, Ivey-Ellington House, and Nancy Jones House.

The creation of Research Triangle Park (RTP) in nearby Durham helped spur the growth of Cary in the 1950s. Eventually, the Planned Unit Development (PUD) was created in 1971 to assist with zoning and developing of the area to accommodate future population growth. This led to the development of Kildaire Farms, which at 967 acres, was North Carolina’s first PUD. The Town Council decided in 1977 that Cary was in need of industry to accompany the town’s growth. As developments of residential, commercial and industrial continued to grow, Cary continued to grow from a 1970 population of 7,640 to more than 150,000 in 2013. This impressive growth makes Cary the 7th largest municipality in North Carolina.

The oldest part of Cary is the east side, which is home to downtown Cary and its oldest residential neighborhoods. This is also where the Page-Walker Hotel is located, as well as other iconic Cary buildings like the Ashworth Drug Store and Fidelity Building. The newer part of Cary is the west side, which is comprised of mostly neighborhoods, parks, lakes and golf courses – like those found in the Preston and MacGregor Downs communities.

As designated by Sister Cities International, Cary has four sister cities. These help promote global cooperation, cultural understanding and promote a partnership between cities all over the world. The sister cities of Cary, North Carolina include: Markham, Ontario, Canada; County Meath, Ireland; Hsinchu City, Taiwan; and Le Touquet, France.