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Historic Tour

Fayetteville/Cumberland County, NC is steeped in history and patriotic traditions. This tour highlights our pre-revolutionary military ties, important status as a transportation hub, and our Civil War story. Listen for the cannons, steam engines, and military drums on your way! 
 
 

AVERASBORO BATTLEFIELD COMPLEX 

3300 Highway 82 South, Dunn, NC • (910) 891-5019 
Sunday 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Closed Monday. 
Relive the Civil War Battle of Averasboro (March 15 – 16, 1865) as you visit the Battlefield museum, battle grounds, and Confederate cemetery. Also lear n about the Smith's, the family that owned and lived on the 8,000 acre plantation and evacuated as the battle ensued. 
 

COOL SPRINGS TAVERN 

119 Nor th Cool Spring Street, Fayetteville, NC • (910) 433-1457 
Having survived the 1831 fire, it is believed to be the oldest existing structure in the city. It was named so because of its proximity to the spring of that name. In 1789, the tavern housed the state delegates that were in town for the state convention to ratify the U.S. Constitution. The building is designed in the Federal style. 
 

FAYETTEVILLE INDEPENDENT LIGHT INFANTRY ARMORY 

Burgess Street, Fayetteville, NC • (910) 433-1457 
During the Civil War, the FILI took over the Fayetteville Arsenal for the Confederate forces. The armory contains historical artifacts, weapons, uniforms, and memorabilia, including the carriage that rode the Marquis de Lafayette during his visit to Fayetteville. 
 

FAYETTEVILLE INDEPENDENT LIGHT INFANTRY COMPANY MEMORIAL 

North Cool Spring Street and Meeting Street, Fayetteville, NC 
 

LIBERTY POINT 

Person and Bow Streets, Fayetteville, NC • 1-800-255-8217 
At or near this site in June, 1775, a group of fifty-five patriots signed an early Declaration of Independence, commonly called the Cumberland Association, or “Liberty Point Resolves.” 
 

MARKET HOUSE 

Intersection of Person and Hay Street with Green and Gillespie Street Fayetteville, NC • 1-800-255-8217 
The Market House is the focal point of downtown Fayetteville and is where North Carolina ratified the Constitution of the United States in 1789 and chartered the University of North Carolina the same year. 
 

MUSEUM OF THE CAPE FEAR HISTORICAL COMPLEX 

801 Arsenal Avenue, Fayetteville, NC • (910) 486-1330 www.museumofthecapefear.ncdcr.gov
Sunday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Closed Monday. 
Enjoy the rich history of southeast North Carolina, including learning about Native Americans, European settlements, slavery, plank roads, steam boating, the Civil War and more. In addition to permanent exhibitions and a changing gallery, exhibits on naval stores, early 19th Century domestic life, transportation, and folk potters are featured. Other attractions include Arsenal Park, the remnants of the Fayetteville Arsenal, and the restored Victorian residence of E.A. Poe. 
 

AIRBORNE AND SPECIAL OPERATIONS MUSEUM 

100 Bragg Blvd., Fayetteville, NC • (910) 643-ASOM • www.asomf.org 
Sunday 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Closed Monday. 
The Airborne and Special Operations Museum preserves the extraordinary feats performed by airborne troops and their brother in arms, the special operations forces. 
 

HERITAGE SQUARE 

225 Dick Street, Fayetteville, NC • (910) 483-6009 
All 3 buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places. Likely designed by the acclaimed architect, William Nichols of Bath, England, the Oval Ballroom was built around 1815. The Sanford House was purchased by John William Sanford, a cashier at the Fayetteville bank, in 1823. 
 

FAYETTEVILLE AREA TRANSPORTATION AND LOCAL HISTORY MUSEUM 

325 Franklin Street, Fayetteville, NC • 1-800-255-8217 
Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Closed Sunday & Monday. 

The museum traces the history of Fayetteville/Cumberland County from Native Americans to 20th century through the use of exhibits, artifacts, educational panels, photographs, models dioramas, and video productions. Group tours of historic downtown sites arranged. Archival information on Fayetteville's historic districts and landmarks are available. 

Places To Stay

1902 Cedar Creek Road
Fayetteville