Military History

Iron Mike in Fayetteville at Airborne MuseumMilitary History Fayetteville, Fort Bragg & Cumberland County

As the unofficial home of the U.S. Army, there are few communities in the world who can compete with the military history and tradition of Fayetteville/Cumberland County.  From the Revolutionary War to the Civil War to today, the community has been home to service members who protect and serve our country.   In Cumberland County,  visitors will find museums, monuments and parks dedicated to the history and tradition of the armed forces. 

Read more below or head over to VisitFayettevilleNC.com for a complete list of military sites, or go to FayettevilleNCTrails.com and tour the Patriots Past & Present Heritage Trail.  

America’s Hometown Happenings:
September 9 – 11

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 thro… [...]

Fayetteville Area Steeped in
Civil War History

From the time North Carolina seceded from the Union to the invasion of Fayetteville by Sherman’s troops, Cumberland County remained steadfastly loyal to the Confederate cause. To fully grasp the unique role this county played in the American Civil War, visitors should acquaint themselves with a few key historic sites. Assisting with this, the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FAC… [...]

America’s Hometown Happenings: August 12 – 14

August 16 is celebrated as National Airborne Day, remembering the day in 1940 when 48 soldiers became the first paratroopers of the U.S. Army’s Test Parachute Platoon. That jump launched an entirely new approach to combat that would set apart the U.S. Army’s airborne forces. Seventy-six years later, U.S. paratroopers are still “throwing themselves out of perfectly good airplanes,” but nowhere more s… [...]

On the Trail of ‘All-American’ History

To help visitors learn about Cumberland County’s multi-faceted military roots, the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau brings history to life on the Patriots Past & Present Trail. Of the 24 attractions and points of interest on this 90-mile driving trail, there are a few that focus specifically on the history of Fort Bragg’s airborne forces. For those interested in military histo… [...]

Pursue Adventure

Historic downtown Fayetteville’s ongoing revitalization has brought shopping, entertainment and the North Carolina Veterans Park. Built with materials and landscaping from all 100 North Carolina counties, it salutes military members past and present. Start at the Visitors Center, where you’ll find a chandelier made of 33,500 military ID tags – better known as dog tags. Then walk among the outdoor… [...]

Your Passport to Cumberland County

Looking for something to do with your visitors? Want to keep the kids entertained during their vacation? Want to learn more about Fayetteville and Cumberland County? The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB) has a tool that can help. The free “Passport to America’s Hometown” guides users to key sites in the community. Upon visiting each location, passport holders receive a uniqu… [...]

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