BEAR GRASS, N.C. (WNCT) – If you’ve never been to Martin County, you now have good reason to visit.
A newly-formed historic church trail highlights ten local churches, all of which are on the National Register of Historic Places.
Folks in Martin County hope the new trail will bring tourists to the area all while showcasing the rich history of eastern North Carolina.
“Our love for community. It’s about having respect for oneself, respect for the buildings and the people that are already here,” said Barney Conway, Director of Martin County Tourism Authority.
One of the churches, Bear Grass Primitive Baptist Church dates all the way back to 1828.
“We can look at our churches and see they’re still standing, and the people that are connected to them are still standing. We can learn something from that. Our history is a rich history in Martin County, in fact eastern North Carolina,’ Conway said.
Each church will soon have a permanent marker with full details on its history.
The county also has a geo-caching trail and will soon implement a quilt trail.
For more information on all three of those, you can visit the Martin County Tourism Development website.