Fayetteville & Cumberland County, North Carolina
Long known for its proximity to Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force Base, Fayetteville NC and its Cumberland County surroundings remain high among our favorite places to visit in North Carolina. And if you’re seeking the perfect day trip spot from Raleigh and elsewhere in the Triangle or Triad, keep reading.
We’ve spent quite a few weekends hanging out in Fayetteville and elsewhere in Cumberland County. If you’re looking into doing the same, our guide has you covered with things to do, places to stay, and more.
Prior to the European settlement of the Cumberland County area, successive cultures of Native Americans inhabited it. A group of Highland Scots are the first recognized European group to have settled the region, starting around 1730 by Highland Scots.
The Colonial Legislature parsed it out of Bladen County in 1754 to form Cumberland County. Its name is attributed to Prince William, son of King George II and officially recognized as Duke of Cumberland.
What we know today as Fayetteville was originally the community Cross Creek and Campbellton, the first county seat. After the Revolutionary War, the two combined and were renamed Fayetteville, the first North American place named for Marquis de Lafayette.
Today, numerous cities, counties, streets, and other places throughout the world. bear his name. We’ve included that tidbit and a few more in this post covering facts about North Carolina.
Growth and Fires
From then, Fayetteville became the largest and most important city in Cumberland County. Trade along the Cape Fear River among textile and sawmill operators greatly benefited Fayetteville. It was North Carolina’s largest inland town throughout much of the early 1800s.
The early and more fortunate era of Fayetteville came to an end in 1831 when a fire destroyed much of the city. Miraculously, nobody died in the fire, though many were injured. One interesting note is that this event indirectly led to a fire months later in Raleigh.
Prior to the Civil War, Fayetteville hosted a military armory on Haymount. That building transformed into a Confederate gun factory. General Sherman and his Union Troops paid a visit to the armory near the end of the war and burned much of Fayetteville in turn.
Post-Civil War, Camp and Fort Bragg
After the war, Fayetteville experience a period of slow growth. In the 1890s, Railroad lines eventually made their way through the area and led to a renewed economic boost.
Of course, the biggest move for the area happened near the end of World War I. The US Army established Camp Bragg, which housed Pope Field’s artillery and planes. It would eventually earn a new designation as Fort Bragg.
During World War II, Fort Bragg was called upon to become the largest Army training site. Its importance during WWII and the Korean and Vietnam wars led to a huge boom in Fayetteville’s population. That’s led to multiple industries coming to the area, making Cumberland County an important hub of commerce.
Things to Do in Fayetteville NC and Cumberland County Today
And if you live in Fayetteville today or decide to visit, you’ll agree with us that there are plenty of things to do here and elsewhere in Cumberland County. Whether you like breweries, great food, the outdoors, and museums, it’s filled with places that belong on your NC Bucket List.
We love visiting the area for these things, but also more. Fayetteville is also a fun place to visit during Christmas and the rest of winter, but we think you’d enjoy a weekend in Fayetteville any time of year.
Fayetteville Area-Focused Articles
For everything else, take a look through our collection of guides dedicated to Fayettevilld and its surroundings. We hope you enjoy your time in this awesome part of our state.
Cumberland County Surrounding Towns and Communities
- Fort Bragg
- Hope Mills
- Spring Lake
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