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.
Hours: Exterior view or by appointment only.
Next Stop:Continue on Burgess Street. Cross over Hay Street. Burgess Street becomes Maxwell Street. Continue on Maxwell Street until you reach Franklin Street. Cross over Franklin Street. Turn right into the Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum’s parking lot.