Museums & Historic Sites

Lafayette Statue Fayetteville Museums & Historic Sites Explore 250 Years of History in Fayetteville and Cumberland County

History Buffs will find plenty to explore among the many museums & historic sites in Fayetteville and Cumberland County.  We’ve got so many, in fact, that we grouped our history into 18 themed trails for ease of exploration.  

Read below for information on community’s history and updates and news from museums. 

For an in-depth exploration of our history, head over to FayettevilleNCTrails.com. On this site, users will find 750 miles of themed driving trails highlighting museums & historic sites. Throughout the site, you’ll find serverything you need  take a tour  through Cumberland County. The site offers pre-planned routes with interactive maps and descriptions, video highlights and photos

Your Go-To Guide for the Best of Spring Lake, Part I

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My first home in North Carolina was in the Town of Spring Lake, and this community has held a special place in my heart ever since. The sleepy little town I drove into 15 years ago has grown so much that it’s barely recognizable now. You’ll find the heart of Spring Lake at the busy intersection of NC 24-87 and NC-210, and this town is also conveniently accessible to I-95 travelers, thanks to the recently con… [...]

A Look at the Past: My Hunt for Cumberland County’s History

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Have you ever wondered how things got to be the way they are? Who was responsible for shaping our early history? What does this area have to do with our national or even global history? This summer I was on a mission to find some answers to these questions. As an intern for the Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, I was able to visit museums and major historical sites all over Cumberland County. Us… [...]

5 Myths About Fayetteville – Myth #4

In yesterday's blog, we took a look at all that the Fayetteville area has to offer in terms of arts and entertainment, busting the myth that Cumberland County has no arts scene. Today, I'm tackling the false idea that there's no way to have multicultural experiences here in Cumberland County. Myth #4: Cumberland County Has No Multicultural Experiences When I was growing up, I was completely unaware of eve… [...]

5 Myths About Fayetteville – Myth #2

Yesterday, I busted the myth that the Fayetteville area has nothing to do. Today, I'm addressing the misconception that Cumberland County isn't important to history. I have always loved studying American history, but I never read about Fayetteville in school textbooks. However, once I got my nose out of the books and took a look around the surrounding area, I found plenty of locations that are packed wit… [...]

‘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… [...]

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