Wayne County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of 2000, the population was 113,329 and in 2006 the population was estimated at 113,847. It is included in the Goldsboro, North Carolina, Metropolitan Statistical Area. Its county seat is Goldsboro and it is home to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.
Prior to 1730, Native Americans were the only known occupants of the territory now known as Wayne county. Settlers trickled into the territory, but there was no general movement of immigration until after 1750. Wayne County was established on November 2, 1779 from the western part of Dobbs County. It was named for “Mad Anthony” Wayne, a general in the American Revolutionary War. The act, establishing the County, provided the first court should be held at the home of Josiah Sasser at which time the justices were to decide on a place for all subsequent courts until a courthouse could be erected. By 1782 the commissioners were named. In 1787 an act was passed establishing Waynesborough on the west side of the Neuse River on the land of Doctor Andrew Bass where the courthouse now stands.
In 1855 parts of Wayne County, Edgecombe County, Johnston County, and Nash County were combined to form Wilson County.