Open to the public daily, before dusk. On August 23, 1793, the Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry (F.I.L.I.) was organized after Congress enacted the Militia Act. During the Civil War the F.I.L.I. took over the Fayetteville Arsenal for the Confederate forces. F.I.L.I. was involved in all of the nation's wars from George Washington's administration through WWI. The armory contains historical artifacts, weapons, uniforms, and memorabilia, including the carriage rode in by the marquis de Lafayette during his visit to Fayetteville. The F.I.L.I. is still an active ceremonial unit and is North Carolina's official historic military command.