to go and people to see – that’s Fayetteville,
Located halfway between New York and
Florida along I-95 in the scenic Cape Fear River
Valley, Fayetteville is affordable and varied
for residents and tourists alike. In fact, there
is so much to see that many tours are themed.
tours begin with the Market house and are
rich in Black History (don't miss the Isaac
Hammond Marker home or the 1897 Poe House) and
Civil War areas (General Sherman's Union troops
went right through Fayetteville);
tours include churches dating back to 1756;
tours include roses & herbs, walks along
the Cape Fear River at the Cape Fear Botanical
Gardens, and llamas and other exotic animals at
Jambbas Ranch; and don't forget the special
tours! Shopping covers the gamut from the
latest malls to antiques - there are also
North Carolina has four designated historic
districts: Downtown Historic District, Haymount
Historic District, Liberty Point National
Register District and Market House Square
National Register District. Fayetteville is
located in Cumberland County, NC, (known as the
"Sandhills") whose population is close
to 300,000 and area encompasses approximately
661 square miles.
Fayetteville, NC is one of only 10 cities in
the country to win the prestigious All-America
City Award in June of 2001. (read
the full story..)
Two early settlements, Campbellton and Cross
Creek, united and were named Fayetteville in
1783. Fayetteville was the first settlement to
be named for the Marquise de LaFayette, and
also, the only one he actually visited. In 1825,
LaFayette arrived in Fayetteville by horse-drawn
carriage to a rousing welcome by the residents.
Originally settled by Scots in the
mid-1700's, Scottish heroine Flora MacDonald
rallied citizens for the loyalist cause.
Location as an inland port and the early
"Plank Roads" system led to a thriving
economy. Fayetteville was rebuilt after the
Great Fire of May 29, 1831 and again after the
The Great Fire started around noon and swept
the town with flames so rapidly and with such
uncontrollable force that the Town House, Cape
Fear Bank, Catholic Chapel, Presbyterian and
Episcopal Churches, the Academy, the LaFayette
and Mansion Hotels, and about six hundred
private buildings were destroyed. Personal
belongings, merchandise for sale, records of
baptisms, wedding, deaths and household and
business acounts, money, art, and books were
destroyed. The total loss was estimated (in
1831) at $1,500,000.00.
City of Fayetteville was offensively
Union Maj. Geo. Nichols (1865)
The invasion, in 1865, of General Sherman
signaled the collapse of the CSA. Union troops
wreaked destruction in Fayetteville and burned
the N.C. Arsenal which had been a munitions
center for the Confederacy.
Bragg, one of the country's largest military
installations and home of the Green Berets,
lends richness in military tradition and
cultural diversity to native southern
hospitality and small-town flavor.
air Force Base also has private tours
available with a reservation. Fayetteville is
the cosmopolitan (pop.
300,000) economic growth center of
southeastern North Carolina.