Stage coaches were an important segment of early transportation in North Carolina, especially in the mid and western parts of the state. The lack of easily navigable rivers limited the utility of steamboats, and railroads developed slowly in these sections. The first two NC railroads were both in
Stage Lines list
| the eastern part of the state and began full
operation in 1840.
The first stageline in North Carolina was created in 1789.
According to traveler guides published in 1835, the principal stage coach routes in North Carolina included —
Warrenton to Cheraw, SC
Warrenton to Marion (Courthouse)
Milton to Yorkville, SC
Raleigh to Asheville
Raleigh to Showen's Cross Roads
Salem to Greenville, SC
Cheraw to Showen's Cross Roads
Fayetteville to Lincolton
Salisbury to Asheville
New Bern to Smithville (now Southport) via Wilmington
Raleigh to New Bern
Tarboro to New Bern
Murfreesborough to Danville, VA
Charlotte to Camden
Fayetteville to Wilmington
Charlotte to Wilkesboro
Raleigh to Oxford
Note: Stage lines often were created by mail delivery contracts with the
U. S. Post Office. These lines were periodically put up for bids and proprietors often changed.
Pictured left are ads for
coach lines in the June 18, 1831
edition of the North Carolina
Spectator and Western Advertiser.