With a population of more than 5,000 residents, Whiteville serves as the county seat for Columbus County. Named in 1810 for the original owner of the town site, James B. White, the bustling city lies along major thoroughfares U.S. 74 between Lumberton and Wilmington, U.S. 76 from Florence, S.C. to Wilmington, and U.S. Route 701 from Elizabethtown to Conway, S.C.
Whiteville has a vibrant downtown, Vineland Village, home to unique restaurants and shops. The beautifully restored, Vineland Station built in 1903, is one of North Carolina's original brick depots and serves as the town's civic center. The active downtown development committee provides support to downtown businesses and events.
The city is home to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Whiteville modeled after proven interactive programs at the Museum's Raleigh-based Nature Research Center, Nature Education Center, and Prairie Ridge Ecostation for Wildlife and Learning. Free programs and interactive visits with guest speakers are popular with families and school field trips.
The landmark Columbus County Courthouse in Whiteville is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The North Carolina Pecan Harvest Festival takes place in the city each November.
Fitness and healthy-lifestyle opportunities include: The "Madison Mile," a popular walking route thru town; recreational programs and classes at the Whiteville Recreational Center; plus city maintained parks and playgrounds. The Columbus County Farmers Market is located in Whiteville and offers locally grown vegatables, baked goods, crafts and events.
Conveniently located near Lake Waccamw State Park and the Carolina beaches, it's easy and affordable to explore the ecologically diverse area and enjoy an active lifestyle in Whiteville.
Our Sister City: Dej, Romania
The Columbus County Kiwanis International Club on July 11, 2006, formally requested the City of Whiteville adopt the City of Dej, located in northwestern Romania, the county of Cluj, as its Sister City.
The Mayor of Dej, Ioan Ungur, voiced his approval of the collaboration in a letter Hamp Avant presented to the city council, “We are able to treasure the collaboration opportunities we have with The United States of America which meet our interest in developing this relationship, that’s why we appreciate a lot your valuable contribution for this initiative to be successful.”
On September 11, 2007, Whiteville council members, led by Mayor Dial Gray, III, passed the resolution naming Dej, Romania as its Sister City.
- Carolyn T. High Memorial Library
- Columbus County Arts Council
- Columbus County Chamber of Commerce
- Columbus County Economic Development Commision
- Columbus County Farmers Market
- Columbus Jobs Foundation
- Columbus Regional Healthcare System
- Columbus County Tourism Guide
- Historic Vineland Station Depot
- Lake Waccamaw State Park
- NC Pecan Harvest Festival
- North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Whiteville
- Reuben Brown House Preservation Society
- Southeastern Community College
- The News Reporter
- Whiteville City Schools
historic Vineland station event venue rental information
The Historic Vineland Station venue is available for hosting weddings, reunions, civic and corporate events. Please contact event coordinator, Erica Evans, or call 910-840-2928 for availability and booking!
Columbus County Transportation
Address: 290 Legion Dr, Whiteville, NC 28472
Phone: (910) 641-3929