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Grifton, North Carolina is in Lenoir and Pitt counties, separated by Grifton Creek. In the early 1700s, a major Tuscarora Indian village, named Catechna, was located in or near Grifton. The first European settlement at Grifton was in 1755, and the community has been known by a few names over the years, including Peter’s Ferry and Blount’s Ford, before it was incorporated as Bell’s Ferry in 1883. In 1889, it was renamed Grifton, for C.M.A. Griffin, an important area landowner.



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