Politics & Government

The border between North and South Carolina is officially settled

Nearly three centuries after surveyors began delineating the two Carolinas, the governments of North and South Carolina have agreed on a boundary between the two states.

Gov. Pat McCrory announced Friday that he has signed an executive order that clarifies where the Tar Heel state ends and the Palmetto state begins.

The four-page order includes very specific directions between boundary markers from Bird Island in Brunswick County to Polk County, west of Charlotte. It formalizes a boundary that was established in the 1700s based in part on landmarks such as trees and fence posts that no longer exist.

The executive order finishes a border surveying process that began in 1995 when the states created the Joint North Carolina/South Carolina Boundary Commission to research and solidify the 334-mile border between them. The process meant that some homes thought to have been in North Carolina shifted south of the border, and vice-versa. A bill signed by McCrory in June settled issues that affected those property owners, such as where their children will go to school.

“This Executive Order is a culmination of more than 20 years of work from leaders in North and South Carolina,” McCrory said in a statement. “I am proud of our efforts to settle this issue and our strong partnership with Governor Nikki Haley and our neighbors in South Carolina.”

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