America’s Hometown Happenings:
September 9 – 11

September 8, 2016
Downtown Fayetteville

Downtown Fayetteville

Last month we shared with you “How Fayetteville Throws a Party,” about the 10th Annual Lafayette Birthday Celebration planned for September 9 and 10. There are yet a few more unique opportunities to learn the history of the greater Fayetteville area this weekend. Whether you choose to hop on a horse-drawn carriage downtown, watch history come to life on a Civil War battlefield or take a historic hike through a state park, you will be hearing about the fascinating tales and storied figures that make up the fabric of Cumberland County’s rich history.

Historic Tours by Carriage
The Downtown Alliance’s (DTA) popular guided tours occur monthly, in collaboration with the Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum. Three 45-minute tours are offered Saturday morning, departing from the DTA office on the hour. Hop on board the horse-drawn carriage and take a trip back in time as the guide weaves a tale of Fayetteville’s 250-year history. Be sure to grab photos along the way of the many historic sites—not the least of which is the city’s oldest building, Cool Spring Tavern.

Averasboro Battlefield & Museum

Averasboro Battlefield & Museum

Civil War Living History Day
This free living-history event has become an annual tradition at the Averasboro Battlefield & Museum. Throughout the day on Saturday, David Stanley and his horse-drawn artillery battery will be practicing on the historic grounds where the Battle of Averasboro took place in 1865. Stanley’s group of reenactors educates the young and the old alike about the challenges of serving in a horse-drawn artillery unit. Do not miss the chance to visit the museum and Confederate cemetery onsite, as well.

Carvers Creek State Park

Carvers Creek State Park

Three-Mile History Hike
For those adventurous individuals, this event offers a perfect combination of exercise and education. Early Saturday evening, join a park ranger at Carvers Creek State Park in Spring Lake for a guided hike through Long Valley Farm, the historic property that once served as James Stillman Rockefeller’s winter estate. On these regularly scheduled treks, park rangers take groups to publicly restricted areas, such as the silos and gristmill. By the end of the hike, visitors are sure to understand why Cumberland County considers this state park to be such a gem.

For a summary of a few key Civil War sites, including Averasboro, view this week’s featured blog, “Fayetteville Area Steeped in Civil War History.” Discover many other weekend “happenings” on the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Calendar of Events. is owned by the
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