The name, ‘Hargett Hunter’ derives from the following historical reflective ----
In 1788, the state of North Carolina Convention voted to move its capital from the port-town of New Bern to a more central location within the state. Included in the group of commissioners chosen to lead the selection of the new capital was a Revolutionary War General whose family had originally settled New Bern in the earlier part of the century, Frederick Hargett. Hargett along with the other commissioners, set a single all-important caveat for the site selection of the state’s new permanent seat of government --- the new capitol had to be located within 10 miles of a watering hole named Isaac Hunter’s Tavern, which ultimately remained a part of the Raleigh landscape until the remains of the tavern were demolished in the 1970s.
It is not a trivial point that something as significant as the choosing of a state’s capitol could evolve from something as basic as wanting and needing to be physically close the hospitality offered by a local tavern and restaurant – you see, even in the 18th century people knew the value of a good food and drink!
Noted for his passion around public education, General Hargett was then chosen by North Carolina lawmakers to lead another history-altering project when he was given the responsibility to select the site and procure the land for what would become the young nation’s very first public university. Hargett is remembered as an active anti-federalist who fought for individual, economic and entrepreneurial freedoms. He attended the state constitutional conventions of 1788 and 1789 where he played a role in the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, served as an original trustee for the University of North Carolina and served in the North Carolina General Assembly for fifteen years.
Hargett Hunter reveres the power and the magnitude of the impact that food, drink and hospitality has wielded over major decisions that have affected all sorts of history, just like its impact on the city and state of our headquarters. The legacies of General Hargett and Isaac Hunter’s Tavern have inspired not only our name, but provide us a guiding star in our principles and values that we are obligated to fulfill - Hargett Hunter is built on the pillars of mutual respect, determination, communication, education, development and the character to innately know the right way to treat others.