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

40+ Holiday Events in the Fayetteville Area

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Call me old fashioned, but I think the holidays should be celebrated in their appropriate season. If you pay attention, there's a sweet rhythm to how the season begins, and that's especially true in Cumberland County. Earlier this week, city workers hung wreaths on all the light poles that line the main corridors of Cool Spring Downtown District, where I work and play. For me, that's one of those rituals th… [...]

Midway to Mickey

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Did you know Fayetteville, North Carolina, is almost exactly midway between New York City and Orlando? New York City to Fayetteville is a 551-mile drive, and Fayetteville to Orlando is a 534-mile drive. This would explain why our tourism surveys consistently show residents of these two states make up the largest demographic of visitors to Cumberland County year-round. Many of these travelers are snow… [...]

Light Up Your 4th in America’s Hometown!

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Start making plans now to join the residents of America’s Hometown for our countdown to Independence Day. Other communities may brag about their patriotic celebrations, but those folks have never spent the holiday around a proud military community like Fort Bragg. Cumberland County goes all out in celebrating our nation’s freedom with our military residents, and this year is no exception, as five of o… [...]

The Stories Behind Cumberland County’s Military Monuments, Part II

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Cumberland County is home to several excellent museums that educate our visitors on the vast military history that has taken place here and abroad. Then there are dozens of military monuments and memorials, spread all over the county, reminding us of all the brave souls who answered the call of duty. Although thousands of military members transition in and out of Fort Bragg every year, you will find many v… [...]

The Stories Behind Cumberland County’s Military Monuments, Part I

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The communities of Cumberland County can boast countless historic markers, monuments, and memorials that tell the stories of those service members and esteemed units who have fought on either U.S. soil or abroad. While we have been home to the largest U.S. Army base, Fort Bragg, for over 100 years now, Cumberland County’s history predates the Revolutionary War. For that reason, you truly can’t turn a co… [...]

Mother’s Day Weekend: 50+ Things to Do in Cumberland County

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I grew up with that mom who was always turning special occasions into memorable experiences. I vividly remember a birthday when she packed up a picnic basket with fried chicken, deviled eggs, and cake, and we went looking for the perfect picnic spot in a pecan grove by the Brazos River. I don't recall the gifts I was given, because the experience was so much sweeter than the material things. She relentlessly… [...]

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