Military History

Iron Mike in Fayetteville at Airborne MuseumMilitary History Fayetteville, Fort Bragg & Cumberland County

As the unofficial home of the U.S. Army, there are few communities in the world who can compete with the military history and tradition of Fayetteville/Cumberland County.  From the Revolutionary War to the Civil War to today, the community has been home to service members who protect and serve our country.   In Cumberland County,  visitors will find museums, monuments and parks dedicated to the history and tradition of the armed forces. 

Read more below or head over to VisitFayettevilleNC.com for a complete list of military sites, or go to FayettevilleNCTrails.com and tour the Patriots Past & Present Heritage Trail.  

‘O’er the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave’!

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There’s simply no better place to celebrate Independence Day than in a military community like ours. We call this area “America’s Hometown” because we are home to some of our nation’s finest military forces. Delve into the history of Cumberland County, and you’ll see how deep our patriotic roots run—all the way back to the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. For these reasons, we take… [...]

How to Explore Cumberland County’s Civil War History

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The Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex, one of Fayetteville’s prized attractions, will soon be transformed into the North Carolina Civil War & Reconstruction History Center. You don’t have to delve into history books much to discover that Cumberland County was a strategic target for the Union Army. On March 11, 1865, Union troops descended on Fayetteville with one purpose in mind—t… [...]

A Year of Firsts with Go Fayetteville

As I look back on 2017, I am struck by the thought that this has been a year of firsts with Go Fayetteville. I consider myself to be adventurous by nature, but if you had told me a year ago that I’d be zip-lining through trees, riding in a motorcycle rally or judging a poetry slam, I’d have told you that you’re crazy. I ended up saying "yes" to so many new experiences and blogging about them this year, and I h… [...]

Shop, Eat & Play

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When planning a day out shopping, I search for places where I can shop, eat and play with family or friends. As Cumberland County continues to expand and build, we’re seeing more shopping centers pop up everywhere, but two of Fayetteville’s mainstays consistently bring me back. Westwood Shopping Center, conveniently situated across from Cross Creek Mall, offers shoppers 60+ stores where familie… [...]

Find Your Family Tradition in Cumberland County

Each holiday season I try to plan a new outing for my family that will hopefully become a lasting tradition. Last year, we experienced the grandeur of Holiday Lights in the Garden. Year before that, we joined the downtown revelry at A Dickens Holiday and took in the classic It’s a Wonderful Life on stage. As this season quickly approaches, I’m noticing how many festivities are planned not just in Faye… [...]

10 Ways to Celebrate Veterans Day

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If you’re wondering where you and yours can spend this Veterans Day weekend, I’m counting at least 10 events taking place all over the communities of Cumberland County. Many of the planned activities are part of the annual Heroes Homecoming initiative that, this year, focuses on honoring our Vietnam veterans; however, other events will be celebrating all veterans. Join us in Cumberland County thi… [...]

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