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Stop 02: Market House

  • Person, Hay, Green, Gillespie Streets
  • Fayetteville, NC 28301
  • Overview

    Previously known as the State House, it was here that North Carolina ratified the U.S. Constitution in 1789 and chartered the University of North Carolina. In 1831, a fire destroyed downtown Fayetteville, including the State House and the Market House was rebuilt on its site. As a marketplace, various peddlers sold cotton and other agricultural products here. Although not built as a slave market, slaves were sold here over the years until slavery was abolished in 1865. During the Civil War, a skirmish took place around the Market House involving Confederate General Hampton's and Union General Sherman's troops.

    Hours: Exterior View Only. Open to the public, daily before dusk.

    Next Stop: Continue around the traffic circle, Person Street becomes Hay Street. Make a right onto Ray Avenue. Make a right onto Maiden Lane. Make right onto Burgess Street.

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