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ANSWER: Few places in America have played such a formative role in our country's most defining moments as Fayetteville. From its original settlement in 1739 by Scottish immigrants through the deployment of troops to Afghanistan and Iraq today, it is here the very seeds of American freedom, democracy and patriotism were planted and continue to grow.
Out of the dozens of U.S. cities and counties named after the Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette, Fayetteville, NC was the first, and it is told, the only one he actually visited. Forty-two years after its founding in 1783, Lafayette traveled to Fayetteville in a horse-drawn carriage and was welcomed by residents. (The very same carriage in which he arrived is on display at the Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry Armory & Museum.)
Fayetteville's original settlers were from the highlands of Scotland and arrived in 1739 via the Cape Fear River. The area grew as a center of government and commerce because of its location as an inland port and the hub of the early "Plank Roads" system, the key to overland travel from the 1840s to the 1850s.
The Fayetteville area has played key roles during defining moments in America's history. The Liberty Point Resolve of 1775 pledged local support for the Revolutionary War cause for independence from England while Scottish heroine Flora MacDonald rallied for the loyalist cause. After the Revolution, with no permanent state capital, the North Carolina legislature periodically met here. In 1789, at a meeting in Fayetteville, the legislature ratified the U.S. Constitution and chartered the University of North Carolina, America's oldest state university.
ANSWER: Sherman arrived in Fayetteville on March 11, 1865. The same day a shooting took place around the Market House between Confederate General Wade Hampton, members of his staff, and a Union cavalry patrol. After the brief skirmish, Hampton fled crossing the Clarendon Bridge over the Cape Fear River, which was later burned. That night, the main body of Sherman’s troops marched into Fayetteville, and the mayor formally surrendered the town. Sherman’s troops were everywhere. While in Fayetteville Union forces burned several important structures including textile mills and The Fayetteville Observer. Confederate forces had already burned stockpiles of cotton and naval stores to deny the Union enemy the spoils of war. Headquartered in Fayetteville for three days, Sherman gave orders for the Arsenal to be razed when he left on March 14, 1865; he wanted to destroy the last source of military arms for the Confederacy. The area was physically and economically devastated by these actions. The Battle of Averasboro took place on March 15-16, 1865, between the 30,000 men of General Sherman’s Left Wing and Confederate General Hardee’s 8,000 men. To find out more information about our link to the Civil War as well as the specific places that you can still visit, check out our Civil War Cultural Heritage Trail or our Civil War Video.
ANSWER: Yes, tours are allowed on Fort Bragg; The installation requires at least 120 days' notice to process paperwork and ensure the proper protocol for your group to get on post. While on post there are many options for your group to experience. Visit the official Golden Knights Headquarters, dine with the soldiers with a DFAC (dining facility), see where they pack the parachutes for the 18th Airborne, Visit the 82d Airborne Division War Memorial Museum or the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Museum. Contact our Tourism Sales Manager and she can connect you with the appropriate office on post to get the process started for your tour.
ANSWER: Yes, we do. Cape Fear Regional Theatre has been in our community for over 50 years. Special group discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. They will even accommodate your group to a “Behind the Scenes” Tour. Contact our Tourism Sales Manager for details on upcoming shows.
ANSWER: We are located directly off I-95; We are 2 hours and 15 minutes from the Virginia State Line. We are 45 minutes from the South Carolina State Line.
ANSWER: We have several options that appeal to groups. Our options range from contemporary southern fare in a restored early 20th-century house to mouthwatering North Carolina BBQ at a local favorite for over three decades. We even have an option to have a catered meal at a National Register of Historic Places.
ANSWER: Our major events that groups have enjoyed in the past include: The Dogwood Festival, held the fourth weekend in April, downtown; Blues-N-Brews is a great event hosted by the Cape Fear Regional Theatre and offers great brews, many local, and music galore. The International Folk Festival, held downtown, the last weekend of September; The Fourth of July celebration on Fort Bragg, what a better way to celebrate our freedom than with the very men, women and their families to protect it! Check out our calendar of events for other options that may work for your group’s visit to the communities of Cumberland County.