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Fayetteville History: Arts & Culture

Downtown Fayetteville is a hub for entertainment – with countless museums, galleries, artisan shops and more, it’s clear our hometown has a rich history of art and culture. And that history dates back even farther than you may think, it has been developing since World War II. Check out these stories on how some of the most notable artistic parts of Fayetteville came to life!

  • The Fayetteville Symphony was founded in 1956 and has played a large role in the city’s culture since then. The symphony came about from a group of instrumentalists who played in local homes and dreamed of playing more regularly. Their vision became a reality when music director Marion Rogers, a music program leader in the Fayetteville City Schools, decided to lead the organization. Today, the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra has grown into a professional, regional orchestra with its own youth division for various ages in southeastern North Carolina.
  • The Fayetteville Observer, founded in 1816 as the Carolina Observer, is the state’s oldest newspaper still published today. Editor E.J. Hale led the newspaper for 40 years throughout the Civil War. In 1865, the Union army destroyed the Carolina Observer offices. The Hale family re-established the offices in 1883 and the publication has been serving the city with the latest local news ever since!
  • The Poe House, built in 1897, belonged to the family of local businessman Edgar Allen Poe, who happens to have the same name as the famous poet. Today, the home serves as a place to learn more about life in the early twentieth century. Tours of the home are facilitated by the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex, which opened in June 1988 as part of the NC Dept. of Natural and Cultural Resources. The museum and Poe House are prime spots for visitors to immerse themselves in the history and culture of Fayetteville.

Veterans Day in Fayetteville

With Veterans Day around the corner, Marketfair wants to take the time to say thank you to all our servicemen and women, past and present. This holiday provides a great opportunity for the community to come together to honor our veterans, and there are several events planned the next few weeks for residents to do so.

Join the Fayetteville community at the annual Veterans Day parade this Saturday, Nov. 5 starting at 10 a.m. downtown. The theme of this year’s parade is “Honoring our Greatest Generation,” highlighting veterans from World War II. With over 100 participants, it will begin on Hay Street at the Airborne Special Operations Museum and end at Liberty Point on Person Street.

On Veterans Day next Friday, Nov. 11, the Cape Fear Botanical Garden is hosting a Veterans Day Festival at the Garden from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can enjoy a community LEGO® American flag build, craft beer, climbing wall, local food trucks and more fun activities for the whole family.

Over at Marketfair, local veterans can check out Pioneer Services, who has provided financial services to the military community for over 30 years. Additionally, our Air Force Recruiting location would love to chat with anyone interested in serving our country.

We hope everyone has a wonderful Veterans Day celebrating with our local community!

Fayetteville Museums: Learning and Fun Wrapped Into One!

One of the many things that make Fayetteville special is the rich history behind it. Since 1783, Fayetteville’s community has thrived and grown into a true “All-American” City. A great way to gain a better understanding and appreciation for our collective heritage here in Fayetteville is to visit one of our local museums!

Why should you visit your local Fayetteville Museums?

  • Museums are an effective way of learning. Museums offer a vibrant opportunity to expose people of all ages to experience and discover new things in an educational atmosphere.
  • Museums inspire. They put people into a receptive state of mind which fosters critical thinking. They stimulate curiosity and creativity, and encourage people to step outside their comfort zone.
  • Museums are a great way to bond with family and friends. Every city is made up of special things and events that make them unique. Why not use these as a way to spend time together with the people in your life who matter the most?

Now that you’re excited to go explore and learn, here are three Fayetteville museums you are sure to love:

For the History Buff: The Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum

This downtown gem offers two floors of engaging, artifact-filled exhibits. The rich history of our area is told from pre-history through the early 20th century. This museum has a special exhibit that tells Fayetteville’s story through automobiles and airplanes. Learn more about local law enforcement and fire department history, farm life, and the early years of Fort Bragg and Pope Army Air Field!

For the Kids: Fascinate-U Children’s Museum

This hands-on museum is perfect for families with children 12 and under. The museum is set up as a “mini-city” where children can pretend and play while learning about jobs in the community. Some of the favorite exhibits include the Farm, the Army Fort, the Fire Station, the Post Office and the Grocery Store. The kids will have so much fun they won’t even realize they’re learning!

For the Whole Family: Airborne and Special Operations Museum

This museum has become a place to honor and preserve the legendary feats of the airborne and special operations troops who have contributed so much to defending our nation’s interests. From the early days of the Parachute Test Platoon to the War on Terrorism, the Airborne & Special Operations Museum tells the tales of our military history. The main gallery is designed as a self-guided tour from 1940 to the present.

A Hole In One From Here In Fayetteville

Fayetteville, North Carolina and its surrounding areas are known for many great things, including a great golf history. With the season in full swing (literally) it’s interesting to know the historical background and some fun facts about golf in Fayetteville and its neighboring areas.

  • Classic golf course designers like Donald Ross, Willard Byrd and Ellis Maples first brought the game of golf to this region in the early 1900s. We can thank these architects for producing the challenging courses which make places like Pinehurst and Fayetteville a “must stop” along Interstate 95.
  • Professional golfers Ray and Marlene Floyd grew up in Fayetteville in the 1940s and 50s and perfected their skills here on hometown courses. Ray went on to win 22 PGA Tour events and his sister, Marlene, won three PGA Tour events.
  • Methodist College located in Fayetteville was accredited in 1999 as one of only 14 schools in the nation and the only Division III school that offers the PGA-sanctioned Professional Golf Management degree.
  • The city of Fayetteville is home to more than 20 golf courses totaling 360 holes and 19 miles of well-manicured fairways. Only 30 miles west of Fayetteville you can find the famous golfing resort of Pinehurst, which has hosted the U.S. Open three times (1999, 2005 and 2014) and is ranked as the number two golf course in the country.

Read more about the history of golf and courses in our area at http://www.visitfayettevillenc.com/golf.