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The Fayetteville Observer

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

    The Fayetteville Observer, originally launched in 1817, is North Carolina's oldest newspaper that is still currently published. Because of the newspaper's strong pro-Southern tone, the destruction of the newspaper plant was among Union General William T. Sherman's objectives when he occupied Fayetteville in March 1865. Edward J. Hale ran the paper until 1865 when he turned the paper over to his sons, who resumed publishing in 1883.