Surrounded by uniqueness and diversity, homes with a circular roof framing line the streets of this rural town. Established in 1740 and named for Richard and Elizabeth Carey Whitatkers, the town of Whitakers is situated on both sides of the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad and U.S. Highway 301.
Whitakers is a short commute to Interstate 95 and the Rocky Mount-Wilson Airport.
The town that once boasted three churches, a casket company, two cotton gins, and two saw mills in the early 1900s, is now home to Cummins Diesel, an engine manufacturing company. The town has many established historic landmarks including Whitakers Bapist Church, Bellamy's Mill, Fishing Creek, and Watson Seed Farms. Nesled in rural Whitakers is the Franklinton Center at Bricks, a former slave plantation that was transformed into one of the first accredited schools for African Americans in the South. Definitely a must see for those who embrace their rich heritage.