Welcome to City of Whiteville
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Our Community

Whiteville, N.C.

Our Community

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 vegetables, baked goods, crafts and events.

Conveniently located near Lake Waccamaw State Park and the Carolina beaches, it's easy and affordable to explore the ecologically diverse area and enjoy an active lifestyle in Whiteville. 

Whiteville's Sister City: Dej, Romania

Whiteville's Sister City: Dej, Romania

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.  


Get in touch

The City of Whiteville administration and staff want to hear from you. We look forward to serving our community and visitors. 

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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!

Public Transportation

Columbus County Transportation
Address: 290 Legion Dr, Whiteville, NC 28472
Phone: (910) 641-3929

Municipal Airport

Columbus County Municipal Airport
Phil Edwards, Director
467 Airport Road, Whiteville, NC  28472
Phone (910) 642-6187
Fax (910) 642-2582