9OYS Living Local: Warsaw

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Life may not move fast in the Duplin County town of Warsaw, but that’s not to say things are not lively for the roughly 3,100 people who call it home.

In 1838, the present-day Warsaw was laid out into lots along a new rail line that ran from Wilmington to Weldon in Halifax County.

The Warsaw Historic District was added to the national register of historic places in 1996.

The district features 56 historic buildings, including the L.P. Best House, built in 1894. The Best House is now home of the Duplin County Veterans Memorial Museum.

Inside, you’ll find exhibits dedicated to veterans who were born in Duplin County, or lived there at some point in their lives.

The military plays a large part in Warsaw’s identity. The town is the home of the official North Carolina Veterans Day Parade, held each November.

In fact, the parade is the oldest consecutive Veterans Day celebration in America.

“It’s everything,” said Ed Rouse, who lives in the town. “It brings the entire county together. And many places from outside the county. It’s a very long parade. It brings in a little commerce. It’s a fun day. We asked that everybody come, watch the parade, have their dinner. Come to the museum. They have music around town. It’s a good day out.”

Warsaw actually observed its first Veterans Day in 1921, years before the holiday was formally recognized across the country.

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