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

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… [...]

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 I’d read about African Americans who built schools, founded churches and… [...]

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… [...]

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