About Greene County
Greene County, which is located in the central eastern part of North Carolina, is bounded on the north by Pitt and Wilson counties; on the west by Wayne County; on the south by Lenoir County; and on the east by Pitt County. The area is 265 square miles (169,600 acres). The elevation of the county ranges from 20 feet in the southeastern corner to nearly 120 feet along its western border.
Greene County, named for General Nathanael Greene of the Revolutionary War, was formed in 1799. Originally founded in 1791 and named Glasgow County, in honor of the Secretary of the State of North Carolina, the name was changed after James Glasgow was involved in a case of land fraud. Native Americans of the Tuscarora tribe originally lived in the region. The early European settlers of the area were mostly English in origin. Snow Hill, founded in 1811, is the county seat.