Though largely unstudied, North Carolina has been a site of Lebanese migration throughout the twentieth century. From roughly 1890-1920 a first wave of Lebanese—nearly all Christians from Mount Lebanon in the Syrian Arab Republic—made their way to France and then to the northeast United States before traveling the railroads southward to North Carolina. By one count, there were 1,001 Lebanese living in N.C. in 1921. Though many started from humble beginnings such as peddlers and dry goods salesmen, numerous families celebrated significant success within a generation.