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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

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, [...]

A Black History Month Celebration

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Last February, I joined a group of folks on an African American Heritage Bus Tour. Guides from the Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum took us to visit several historic sites that appear on Cumberland County’s African American Heritage Trail. This tour provided me with a rich context to the many stories [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Places to Gather with Friends & Family

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As the Christmas carol reminds us, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” Whether you’re hosting out-of-town guests or visiting Cumberland County during the holidays, we’re sharing some warm, inviting places to gather with friends and family. Make yourself at home in a local coffee house. Plan a party at a [...]

Indoor Recreation for Traveling Families

For traveling families, the most difficult season of the year may be winter, because of how challenging it can be to entertain kids indoors. As a parent myself, I am always on the hunt for ways to keep my child from going stir-crazy on trips. Here, in the communities of Cumberland County, we have a wide variety of indoor attractions [...]

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