Fayetteville/Fort Bragg/ Sandhills NC

VOL8 ISS2 2018

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — FAYETTEVILLE | FORT BRAGG | SANDHILLS REGION VOLUME 8 — ISSUE 2 12 SANDHILLS THE SANDHILLS BY VERA WILSON The Sandhills of North Carolina is part of a large swath of land known as the Piedmont that cuts through the middle of the state, from top to bottom. It's nestled in the southern part of the state, hugging the border of South Carolina and abuts the North Carolina Coastal region on its eastern side. Science geeks will be interested to know that the Sandhills were once the actual coast of North Carolina, and the area sits on top of what was a strip of ancient sand dunes some 20 million years ago. Given the name, one might expect to see just sand and hills in the region, but the landscape is so much more than that. Driving into the area, you are met with rolling pastures of green grass where the business and pleasure of a thriving equestrian industry takes place. Center stage is the Carolina Horse Park Foundation, known as an "equestrian field of dreams." This nonprofit's mission is to preserve open space for equestrian and recreational purposes and it has 250 acres to do just that. If you live and breathe horses, you've no doubt heard of this world-class facility that hosts local and international riding events, as well as provides training for greenhorns and experts alike. If you volunteer at the park, you might even see Olympic athletes training there, trying to master the beautiful sport (some say art) of dressage. Break out the mint juleps at various horses races held throughout the area like the Spring Matinee Races at the Pinehurst Harness Track. A cottage industry that includes riding schools, stable and stores that cater to horses and horse owners is a robust part of the region's economy. The important niche of therapeutic horsemanship, a recognized form of treatment for many physical and mental disabilities, is practiced daily at the Prancing Horse Center, where countless individuals respond positively to the gentleness and majesty of exceptionally well-trained horses. Nearby St. Andrews University, a small private liberal arts in Scotland County, even offers a degree in Therapeutic Riding in their own equestrian center. In the Sandhills, you say farmin', we say peaches. The soil and four seasons make the Sandhills the heart of North Carolina's peach-growing industry, especially around the towns of West End, Candor and Rockingham. But its unique location also gives fall and winter crops a fighting chance, so you'll see Muscadine grapevines, pumpkin patches, lettuce fields and apple orchards, too. Let's talk turkey—the Sandhills are an integral part of North Carolina's billion dollar turkey industry with farms like the Jim Wood Turkey Farm in Raeford. Paradox Farm Creamery in Moore County has perfected the art of making goat cheese with their signature Cheese Louise, available locally. This local bounty finds its way into the featured dishes at many restaurants like the Drum & Quill gastropub in Pinehurst, Luigi's Italian Chophouse and Bar in Fayetteville, and Virgil's Restaurant in Sanford. Enjoy a smorgasbord of goodies on the Culinary Tour of the Pines that takes you through the Village of Pinehurst. Some of the sand you'll see in the area can be found in the sand traps on the numerous golf courses, especially in Pinehurst, located in Moore County. Known as the Home of American Golf, Pinehurst boasts 40 championship golf courses within a 15-minute drive—no waiting around in the golf cart to play through. Since opening its door in 1898, Pinehurst Resort, a luxurious hotel and spa, has hosted more championships on its nine golf courses >> longleaf pines, thoroughbreds, golf SANDHILLS STATS SANFORD POPULATION 29,470 MEDIAN HOME VALUE $139,184 MEDIAN GROSS RENT $699 COST OF LIVING 82.1 / US 100 PINEHURST POPULATION 15,434 MEDIAN HOME VALUE $304,619 MEDIAN GROSS RENT $1,543 COST OF LIVING 92.4 / US 100 ROCKINGHAM POPULATION 9,276 MEDIAN HOME VALUE $103,283 MEDIAN GROSS RENT $600 COST OF LIVING 81.0 / US 100

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