How Fayetteville Throws a Party

Every September the city of Fayetteville celebrates the birthday of a Frenchman. This Revolutionary War hero was once invited to the United States as the “Guest of the Nation” by President James Monroe, and on his subsequent tour, he chose to visit Fayetteville to pay tribute to the first town that had adopted his name. On this historic occasion in 1825, the citizens welcomed the Marquis de Lafayette with… [...]

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… [...]

America’s Hometown Happenings: August 5 – 7

As the residents of Cumberland County already know, “going to the market” does not have to involve spending a Saturday morning at a big box store. Two large farmers markets here offer locals and visitors alike great alternatives to the normal weekend shopping experience. One will take you to downtown Fayetteville and the other to the Town of Spring Lake, but either one is worth adding to the Saturday to-do… [...]

Shop Like a Local at
Pick-Your-Own Farms

Pick-your-own farms have been taking the farm-to-table concept to a new level in North Carolina, where agriculture is still the number-one industry. Visitors do not have to look hard to find one of these sites in the greater Fayetteville area. Here, locals enjoy shopping straight from the source, at farms that produce acres of the fruits that grow so well in the Sandhills region. From April to October, vi… [...]

America’s Hometown Happenings:
July 29 – 31

Every day this weekend offers outdoor adventurers and nature enthusiasts a unique opportunity to pursue physical activity at a few superb spots around Cumberland County. From a moth hunt to dog day to yoga practice, this weekend is sure to keep folks of all ages engaged in activity and adventure in the greater Fayetteville area. Moth Night is a perfect reason to venture out to the park after dark. J. Bayard… [...]

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