A History of Exeter, North Carolina

By 1768, a draw bridge, one of the few in the colonies, had been built at Castle Hayne in New Hanover County and new towns had been founded on the rivers north of Wilmington. New Exeter on the North East River in New Hanover County and Elizabethtown on the Cape Fear River in Bladen County. New Exeter soon became simply Exeter, which faded away in the early 1800s.

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