Named after the town's first merchant, Robert A. Fountain, this small town is located west of Greenville. In 1901, the East Carolina Railroad put a depot near Fountain’s store and called it “Reba.” This community became Fountain after the establishment of a post office there on January 15, 1902, with R. A. Fountain as postmaster. Fountain was incorporated as a town in 1903 and by 1910, was a bustling commercial center with 126 people. A fire in 1907 destroyed all the stores and they were rebuilt with brick. In 1912, a Presbyterian Church was organized. The first graded school for the town had 150 pupils in 1917. The Fountain Fire Department was organized in 1937 and the East Carolina Railroad closed in 1955.