Carrboro has been called alot of names. At one point in it's history, it was "Venable." Before that, it was just known as "West of" as in, "West of Chapel Hill." These days, "Left of" might be more like it, since Carrboro has a reputation of being politically liberal.
Carrboro and the much bigger town of Chapel Hill are right next to each other and share many services, including the school system and free public transportation. The area is known for having some of the best schools in the nation, luxury homes, and for being one of the best places to live and is in the top five places to retire, according to US News and World Report.
Carrboro was founded in 1882 as a train depot and then became a mill town. That heritage is proudly preserved at what is now Carr Mill Mall and the rows of small mill houses that have been renovated nearby. A wide lawn in front of Weaver Street Market is the meeting place for musicians, students, kids, poets, dogs and their owners to eat, read or hangout.
Twice a week, for the past 30 years, farmers have brought their goods to the very large and vibrant farmer's market. Carrboro hosts Second Friday art walks, an annual film festival, a poetry festival, and a music festival. Carrboro is also home to the Cat's Cradle has promoted legendary rock bands for three decades.
Be prepared to share the road with a large amount of cyclists riding around town for recreation and transportation.