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A Rich Tapestry of History

Founded and settled separately, Fuquay Springs (originally known as “Piney Woods”) gained fame in the 19th century with the discovery of the Fuquay Mineral Springs. This newfound resource drew people from all walks of life, each seeking relief from various physical ailments. The allure of “taking the waters” soon led to the establishment of annual celebrations, observed on Easter Monday and the Fourth of July. As luck would have it, the early timber rail provided a convenient means of transportation, and hotels catering to long-term visitors quickly sprung up around the spring.

In 1909, Fuquay Springs received its official incorporation, and over half a century later, in 1963, it merged with the neighboring community of Varina, forming a single municipality. Since that pivotal moment, Fuquay-Varina has experienced remarkable growth, making it one of the fastest-growing small towns in North Carolina.

Embarking on a partnership with Fuquay-Varina opens the door to a rich exchange of historical knowledge and cultural heritage, fostering a deeper appreciation and understanding of the backgrounds of both cities.

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Cultural Diversity

Fuquay-Varina is home to individuals from varying cultures and backgrounds. Engaging in a sister city relationship with this vibrant town means exposing your community to a diverse range of customs and traditions. This cultural exchange can lead to a deeper appreciation for global diversity and promote cross-cultural understanding.

Educational Opportunities

Fuquay-Varina is distinguished by its unwavering commitment to education, proudly showcasing an outstanding public school system and easy access to world-renowned colleges and universities in neighboring cities. Among these educational giants are three Tier 1 universities: Duke University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Additionally, the region is home to three historically black colleges and universities—North Carolina Central University, Shaw University, and St. Augustine University—as well as Wake Technical Community College. With Wake Tech serving more than 180,000 students annually, the opportunities for educational enrichment are abundant. A sister-city partnership with Fuquay-Varina can unlock the doors to a world of educational possibilities, including student exchanges and collaborative research projects that offer mutual benefits to both cities.

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Economic Vitality

Strategically located near world-famous Research Triangle Park, Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, Fuquay-Varina is a prime location for businesses that are looking to locate/relocate or to expand. Our community offers companies access to a large pool of talented workforce; affordable, flexible, and attractive real estate options; strategic access via a multi-modal transportation network; and excellent education options. We are home to companies with a global reach like Berk-Tek, John Deere, TE Connectivity, the newly announced CCL Label, and many others.

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Quality of Life Components

Its lush parks, greenways, and well-maintained trails offer countless opportunities for recreational ventures. Exploring these natural wonders can foster environmental awareness and sustainable practices, making the partnership mutually beneficial.

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Good Cuisine and Arts

The town offers a thriving art scene, award-winning breweries, authentic festivals, and exceptional dining and shopping.  You’ll find it all in Fuquay-Varina!

Within its charming confines, you’ll find talented local artisans eager to captivate your senses. The town boasts acclaimed breweries that craft exceptional brews, each sip telling a tale of craftsmanship and flavor. Throughout the year, festivals ignite the streets with life and celebration, inviting you to immerse yourself in the local culture and create lasting memories.

So, when you venture to Fuquay-Varina, know that an exciting world of art, brews, festivals, and culinary delights awaits, all wrapped in the embrace of a town that cherishes the joy of living. It’s a place where fun knows no bounds, and every experience is a delightful discovery, just waiting for you to savor and enjoy!

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Community Engagement

Fuquay-Varina takes pride in its strong sense of community. Through sister-city collaboration, both cities can engage in community-building projects, share best practices in governance, and work together to address common challenges.


In today’s interconnected world, sister-city partnerships provide a valuable platform for cities to learn from each other, share their unique strengths, and build lasting bonds. Fuquay-Varina, with its blend of Southern hospitality, historical richness, cultural diversity, and economic vitality, stands out as a shining candidate for your next sister city partnership. The compelling aspects that inspire people to initiate a sister city partnership with Fuquay-Varina are not only abundant, but also hold the promise of a more vibrant, interconnected future for both cities and their residents. In Fuquay-Varina, you’ll discover that there’s indeed that extra spark that sets it apart, for our community is truly a dash more! To learn more about our community, visit www.fuquay-varina.org.

If you’re interested in a potential sister city partnership, please contact the NRW-USA team at nrw-usa@stk.nrw.de

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