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Stop 06: Sandhills Family Heritage Center/Farmers Market

  • Overview

    An exhibit on plank roads exists on the grounds and is used to tell the story of slave labor that helped build them. Formerly called the Spring Lake Civic Center, it was founded by African Americans as a recreational facility for local black youth in 1951. The center was used for youth and adult social gatherings such as family reunions, birthday parties, and during the 1960s as a civil rights meeting place. Plans are underway to restore the building as an African American Heritage Center by the Sandhills Family Heritage Association which frequently hosts events and tours here about African American Heritage. For heritage tours and reenactment information, please contact Ammie Jenkins, Executive Director of the Association, at (910) 497-0628, or sandhillsfamily@yahoo.com.

    Hours: Exterior view only or by appointment, daily before dusk.

    Next Stop: Turn around on Chapel Hill Road. Make a left onto Bragg Blvd and follow until it merges with NC 210, Murchison Road. Follow Murchison Road. Take I-295 South to All-American Freeway. Take Fort Bragg exit. Note: Only U.S. Citizens may enter the post. All passengers must show photo ID and the car registration. The gate guards will check your vehicle. Once through gates, take immediate exit on the right, Gruber Road. Make right onto Reilly Road. Make left onto Ardennes Street. Museum is on left.

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