Skip to main content
_FB_2018-Icons-finalized-cleaned-up_new_FB_2018-Icons-finalized-cleaned-up_newGroup 9
Back
Scroll to top

Our Extraordinary Hometowns: Tabor City, North Carolina


One of our honorable mention nominees in our “What’s Extraordinary in Your Hometown?” Essay Contest is Jessica Harper Davis, a First Bank Assistant Branch Manager in our Tabor City location. We loved that you can feel her personal connection to the town in every word.

Nestled down deep in the southeastern corner of North Carolina, you’ll find a charming little town I’m passionate about called Tabor City. Geographically we may be small, but we’re over populated with southern charm and friendly, smiling faces.

​I’m thankful for the cold winter day in 1987 when my parents brought me home to Tabor City. I’ve lived on the same dead end street all of my life and I’m full of hometown pride. Ninety five percent of my rather large family is still rooted within city limits. In fact, if you spend just a few minutes downtown, you’re bound to run into my relatives.

My mom, Cynthia, is the face of Tabor City Chamber of Commerce. When my dad Royce isn’t busy as Mayor, you can find him with his siblings operating Tabor City “NAPA” Auto Parts, our family business for over 50 years. My grandma Mildred, a “retired” business owner, works at Tabor City Visitors Center and in the classroom as a substitute teacher. Uncle Joey is the manager of Tabor City IGA and employs a lot of local youth.

​In 2006, I started at First Bank in Tabor City. I was as excited then as I am today to serve the people that I love most. People come into the bank and ask, “Are you one of those Harper girls?” I love walking into places where people call you by name, know where you live, and know who your parents and grandparents are.

So, what makes Tabor City SO special? The people! Tabor City has the friendliest, most courteous citizens anywhere. I’ll guarantee if you walk into any downtown business, you’ll be greeted with a warm smile and “Hey, how are you”. I bet someone will hold the door open and when you cross the street they’ll stop their car and motion you across.

We have quite a few gems in Tabor City. The fourth Saturday each October, we host the NC Yam Festival. Thousands visit to enjoy the parade and several food & craft vendors.

If you’d rather “catch” your next meal, go throw in a line or two at Lake Tabor or just put your boat in the water for a relaxing afternoon.

When you’re ready to visit, Yogi Bear’s Campground at Daddy Joe’s will be more than thrilled to make you feel at home in a beautiful cabin, yurt, RV or tent site.

Another perk of Tabor City is the location! We’re approximately 25 miles north of Myrtle Beach and a few hours drive to the North Carolina Smoky Mountains.  You could enjoy sea breeze and cool moist mountain air in a day.

There is absolutely NO place I’d rather live, work and raise my family than in my hometown of Tabor City.

Trending Topics

How to Get a Custom Homeowners Insurance Quote Without a Calculator

Homeowners insurance may not be the most exciting part of buying a home, but it’s one of the most important. Buying a home is probably your biggest investment, so use every tool to make sure that you’re...

Get a Convenient Student Checking Account Today

Wondering where to get a student checking account? At First Bank, we know that the last thing students need to worry about as they continue their education is managing their money alone. With our Campus Checking...

How Much Savings Should I Have At Age 30?

Do you know how much savings you should have at age 30? Unfortunately, there is no exact answer. Expert advice conflicts between encouraging 30-year-olds to save more and investing their already saved money into...

What to Know About Joint Checking Accounts

Some of the biggest causes of stress in a relationship stem from finances. If you’re considering opening a joint checking account, there are some things you should know. Here are some common questions surrounding...

Need Online Payroll Services Nearby? Trust Your Local First Bank

Going green isn’t only good for the environment. If you’re a business owner, turning your business into an eco-friendly venture could help you save money and attract more customers. By cutting costs in certain...

Calculate Your Monthly Mortgage Loan Payment (with Taxes and Insurance)

A mortgage loan calculator with taxes and insurance can help prospective homeowners prepare for the financial responsibility of owning a home. Purchasing a home may be one of the biggest decisions you ever make, so it is...

Your Community Bank in North Carolina

Are you wondering how your community bank stacks up against some of the national banks in North Carolina? Well, don’t believe that community banks versus big banks comparisons are always infallible. First Bank...

First Time Buyer?

For most of us, buying a home is the largest purchase we’ll ever make. If you are a first-time homebuyer, you may be asking questions like, “What is a first home mortgage?” What is a First Home Mortgage?...

Rental Property Mortgage Rates – Jacksonville, NC

Rental property mortgage rates can vary from bank to bank. In order to be sure you are getting the best rates possible, it is important to use a bank you trust. First Bank in Jacksonville, NC offers some of the best rental...

Rental Property Mortgage Rates – Florence, SC

Owning a rental property is a popular way to build some equity, qualify for tax benefits and earn some easy cash.* In Florence, SC, competitive rental property mortgage rates can be found at our First Bank locations on...