Posted in: Arts Posted on: Jul 23rd, 2015

Exploring History, Music, and Art in Cary

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The town of Cary, North Carolina, had humble beginnings as a settlement called Bradford’s Ordinary in 1750. The name Cary came around in 1854, after Ohio congressman and prohibitionist Samuel Fenton Cary. Today, Cary is an affluent community with a large transplant population. According to the 2000 Census, 55.2 percent of Cary residents were born in a different state, and 15.6 percent of residents were born outside of the country.

The diverse backgrounds of the town’s population have resulted in the development of a wide array of artistic and cultural opportunities for local residents to discover while enjoying Cary, NC living.


There are several historical landmarks worthy of note in Cary. The Guess-White-Ogle house on South Academy Street is a unique example of a home originally built in the late 1800’s in the Greek Revival style, then later adapted to fit the Queen Anne style of architecture. Also on South Academy Street is the Dr. John Pullen Hunter House, known as an excellent example of a brick Craftsman bungalow. Dr. Hunter was a prominent medical doctor and civic leader in the Cary Community, and had this home constructed in 1925. Both of these properties were officially listed as Cary Historic Landmarks by the City Council in 2008.


There are several opportunities to enjoy great live music in Cary. The town hosts two special outdoor concert series every year, with the Spring Series running from April to June and the Fall Series running from September to October. The concerts showcase local performers and are conveniently held in downtown Cary. The best news is that thses concerts are offered to the public free of charge.

The Sertoma Amphitheater is another great outdoor venue in town for live performances. Tucked away in Bond Park, the public is invited to bring their own seat cushions or portable chairs and even a picnic lunch to enjoy the best musical and theatrical shows in town!

Cary residents also have the Marvelous Music series to look forward to! These concerts occur throughout the year and bring nationally acclaimed performers right to the Cary Arts Center in downtown Cary! This series is a unique opportunity to see world-class talent right in your own town.


To learn more about the growing Arts community, check out the Cary Gallery of Artists. Operated by local artists and for local artists, the Gallery features more than 300 works with diverse influences by 20 individuals. Visitors are encouraged to return again and again, as the displays change every month! The Gallery offers high quality and affordable art pieces, including ceramics, jewelry, paintings, and more. An artist is always on duty to answer questions and discuss the displays. The last Friday of every month, the Gallery stays open until 9 p.m. to host the “Cary’s Final Friday Art Loop,” which includes refreshments, live music, and a chance to meet the artists.

It is easy to see how there are many things to do in Cary, especially in the artistic and cultural veins. Be sure to check out these sites and more so that you may experience Cary’s full charms.