Fayetteville/Cumberland County, NC is bursting with stories of patriotic heroes from our local historical figures to our population of paratroopers. This tour highlights our pre-revolutionary patriots, local prominent citizens, and defenders of democracy... the 82nd Airborne Division and Special Forces troops. Put on your boots and parachutes!
CROSS CREEK CEMETERY
North Cool Spring and Grove Streets, Fayetteville, NC • (910) 483-5311
Founded in 1785, the oldest public cemetery in Fayetteville contains a wide variety of stone monuments exhibiting almost every major type of grave marker in North Carolina. The cemetery is the burial ground for many of the early settlers and locally significant people in Fayetteville’s history. The retaining wall along the souther n boundary is the oldest piece of construction still standing in Fayetteville today.
FAYETTEVILLE INDEPENDENT LIGHT INFANTRY ARMORY
Burgess Street, Fayetteville, NC • (910) 433-1457
Organized in 1793, the FILI is the oldest military unit in the south, and served as an active military unit through World War I. It is today a designated North Carolina Historic Command. The armory contains historical artifacts, weapons, uniforms, and memorabilia, including the carriage that rode the Marquis de Lafayette during his visit to Fayetteville.
Person and Bow Streets, Fayetteville, NC • (910) 483-5311
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. A granite stone at Liberty Point lists the names of the 55 signatures on the resolves, each of whom pledged their lives and for tunes to gain independence for m Great Britain. Liberty Point is located at the Intersection of Person and Bow Streets.
IRON MIKE STATUE
Randolph and Armistead Streets, Fort Bragg, NC
This 15-foot statue is dedicated to the airborne trooper who is always watching, waiting, and alert. Since 1961, "Iron Mike," has been the post’s most prominent symbol. His stance is that of an airborne soldier who has completed a combat jump. Created by the wife of a for mer deputy post chaplain, the statue was inspired by PFC Michael A. Scambellure, an 82nd Airborne Division soldier, who received the Silver Star for his heroic actions in Sicily. The 82nd Airborne Division is the nation’s strategic response force, committed to and prepared for jumping into combat anywhere in the world within 24 hours.
82ND AIRBORNE DIVISION WAR MEMORIAL MUSEUM
Ardennes and Gela Streets, Fort Bragg, NC • (910) 432-3443
Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 am – 4:30 pm, Closed Sunday & Monday.
The 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum brings the history of our beloved American heroes in the All American Division from its birth in 1917, to the airborne battles of World War II, to the campaigns in Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, and the Person Gulf, to the present. Also checkout the aircraft and memorials outside.
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. By exploring the artifact displays, life-size dioramas, audio and visual displays, and motion simulator, you will gain a deeper respect and pride for the remarkable achievements of these brave All American Airborne soldiers.
JFK SPECIAL WARFARE MUSEUM
Building D-2502, Ardennes and Marion Streets, Fort Bragg, NC • (910) 432-4272 • www.jfkwebstore.com
Tuesday – Sunday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, Closed Monday.
The JFK Special Warfare Museum, established in 1963, spotlights the proud history of the US Ar my Special Operations and Special Forces units, also know as the Green Berets. The history of unconventional warfare spans more than 250 years, dating back to the French and Indian War and Rogers Rangers. The Museum contains many unique items from World War II, The Vietnam War and cur rent operations.