About Ayden NC
Ayden's origins are agricultural and like so many towns in rural America, the great expansion of the railroads stimulated the emergence of new villages, towns and cities as well as local economies. The existence of Ayden was paved by a land owner and farmer, William Henry Harris, in 1891 when he asked the Atlantic Coast Line Rail Road to build a train depot on the side of his farm. A Mutual Building and Loan Association of Ayden was established in 1921 and enabled the purchase of homes, businesses moved in to serve the community and the rest is history as they say.
Today Ayden has a population of 5,000 and is close to Greenville, which is a significant industrial center for Eastern North Carolina.
The Pitt County Public School System supervises all education in Ayden. There are three schools located in Ayden with higher education at the Pitt Community College and East Carolina University in downtown Greenville.
Ayden is also home to the Ayden Collard Festival, which started in 1975 and includes the Miss Ayden contest, live music, sporting events and much more.
With a homely community atmosphere, Ayden is a great place to live.