Garner is a growing community of 26,000 residents, located approximately 8 miles south of downtown Raleigh. What makes Garner so special is its small-town atmosphere and diverse community that has many amenities to offer its residents. With over 350 acres of parkland, a thriving business economy, safe and beautiful neighborhoods, quality schools, and great community events, Garner has something for everyone.
Most would say Garner is special because of its people and sense of community that joins together to create a place where everyone feels welcome. People in Garner are friendly and willing and ready to help their neighbor, this gives the town that spirit of cooperation.
Garner got its start with the coming of the railroad through the area beginning in 1847. Garner was chosen as the location of a station of the North Carolina Railroad between Goldsboro and Charlotte, the town of Garner's station was incorporated in 1883. Garner is situated in St. Mary's Township, which got its name from a Church of England Parish. Documented records of a church south of Garner in the Panther Branch Township data as far back as 1756.
Farming was the chief source of income for the early settlers of Garner and nearby areas, with cotton being the principal crop. The first business in Garner is said to have been a wood shop owned by Henry Fort, pieces of his wood furniture are said to be used by some Garner residents today. The business and residential life of Garner continued to grow steadily throughout the years, with more rapid growth in recent years.
Garner currently operates under a council-manager government whereby the Town Council is the publicly elected legislative body of the town, and appoints a Town Manager to manage the administrative operations. The Town Council consists of the Mayor and five Town Council Members, one of whom serves as Mayor "Pro Tempore".
Learn more at http://www.garnernc.gov/
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