America’s Hometown Happenings: August 12 – 14

By: FACVB
National Airborne Day Celebration

National Airborne Day Celebration

August 16 is celebrated as National Airborne Day, remembering the day in 1940 when 48 soldiers became the first paratroopers of the U.S. Army’s Test Parachute Platoon. That jump launched an entirely new approach to combat that would set apart the U.S. Army’s airborne forces. Seventy-six years later, U.S. paratroopers are still “throwing themselves out of perfectly good airplanes,” but nowhere more so than at Fort Bragg, right in the heart of Cumberland County, North Carolina.

On the Trail of ‘All-American’ History

By: FACVB
Airborne & Special Operations Museum

Airborne & Special Operations Museum

To help visitors learn about Cumberland County’s multi-faceted military roots, the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau brings history to life on the Patriots Past & Present Trail. Of the 24 attractions and points of interest on this 90-mile driving trail, there are a few that focus specifically on the history of Fort Bragg’s airborne forces. For those interested in military history, two local museums on this trail cannot be missed.

America’s Hometown Happenings: August 5 – 7

By: FACVB
Sandhills Farmers Market

Sandhills Farmers Market

As the residents of Cumberland County already know, “going to the market” does not have to involve spending a Saturday morning at a big box store. Two large farmers markets here offer locals and visitors alike great alternatives to the normal weekend shopping experience. One will take you to downtown Fayetteville and the other to the Town of Spring Lake, but either one is worth adding to the Saturday to-do list (or vacation bucket list).

Shop like a Local at Pick-Your-Own Farms

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Carter Blueberry Farm

Carter Blueberry Farm

Pick-your-own farms have been taking the farm-to-table concept to a new level in North Carolina, where agriculture is still the number-one industry. Visitors do not have to look hard to find one of these sites in the greater Fayetteville area. Here, locals enjoy shopping straight from the source, at farms that produce acres of the fruits that grow so well in the Sandhills region. From April to October, visitors to one of these Cumberland County attractions can act like a local—just grab a bucket, head out to the fields, and start pickin’!

America’s Hometown Happenings: July 29 – 31

By: FACVB
J. Bayard Clark Park and Nature Center

J. Bayard Clark Park and Nature Center

Every day this weekend offers outdoor adventurers and nature enthusiasts a unique opportunity to pursue physical activity at a few superb spots around Cumberland County. From a moth hunt to dog day to yoga practice, this weekend is sure to keep folks of all ages engaged in activity and adventure in the greater Fayetteville area.