25 Runs/Walks to Tackle This Spring

The greater Fayetteville area has rightfully earned the reputation of being a runner's destination. As it's home to thousands of military members, veterans and retirees from Fort Bragg, our locals naturally take fitness to a whole new level. Spring marks the season when you'll find a different run/walk every single weekend in the communities of Cumberland County. Visitors come from all over to tackle… [...]

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… [...]

Welcome Spring to Cumberland County

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Is anyone else experiencing spring fever as badly as I am? Sitting in my office on a cold, overcast day in February, I’m daydreaming about warmer days, budding dogwood trees and outdoor adventures. That’s why I couldn’t be more excited about what’s showing up on our calendar of events in March. If you call yourself a green thumb, are passionate about outdoor sports, or just relish spending time in… [...]

On the Soul-Food Hunt

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I was blessed to be born into a family of Southern women who knew what they were doing in the kitchen. My great-grandmother used a ruler to measure her hand-rolled dough strips for chicken ‘n pastry. Nobody could fry fresh-caught catfish like my grandma. Thanks to my mom, I know the secret to making perfect cornbread every time is in using a cast-iron skillet. Today I still crave those flavors of down-home… [...]

A Valentine’s Date with Our Breweries

Maybe Valentine’s Day has earned the reputation of being a “Hallmark holiday” for the ladies’ benefit, but I don't think I'm alone when I say, this day should be celebrated with much more than cards, chocolates, wine or flowers. What if our version of a perfect Valentine’s was indulging in local craft beer and tasty food? Because that’s what's on the menu at all five of Cumberland County’s b… [...]

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… [...]

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