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 20 BY LYNNE BRANDON FAYETTEVILLE/CUMBERLAND COUNTY FAYETTEVILLE/ CUMBERLAND COUNTY It's the part of the state without a lot of bling but plenty of history. Fayetteville has played a pivotal role in the country's most defining moments. From its original settlement in 1739 to the beginnings of Fort Bragg to the continued deployment of troops to the Middle East today, Cumberland County is fertile ground where freedom, democracy and patriotism continue to bloom. A diverse population is changing the face of the region with not only military contributions, but new businesses, restaurants, cultural offerings and outdoor recreation. Fayetteville is home to the nation's largest Army instal- lation, a botanical garden carrying the Cape Fear name, rich museum offerings, unique festivals and more. People from all over the world call the city home, at least for part of the time while at Fort Bragg. Fort Bragg opened in 1918 as an artillery training ground and as a "stopover" for pilots on the way to larger bases. WWII impacted the training area and the base expanded becoming home to the famed 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions. Today, it is the nation's largest Army installation and includes the U.S. Army Airborne Forces, Special Forc- es, U. S. Army Forces Command and U. S. Army Reserve Command. The base is also home to the award winning U.S. Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights. Museums are always a good way to learn about the "All America City" and its role in history. Visitors learn about military history with self-guided tours at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum, home to permanent and special exhibits. The Transportation and History Museum celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2017. Unique exhibits tell the city's story and twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays visi- tors are treated to the City Market farmers' market often with live music. Another museum celebration took place in June when the Museum of the Cape Fear celebrated its 30th birth- day. When the museum opened its doors, it consisted of two floors of exhibit space dedicated to telling the story of the Cape Fear region. In quick succession, the "Ghost" Tower at Arsenal Park was built. Soon the restored 1897 Poe House added to the complex. Today, the historical complex occupies approximately seven acres and is in the process of being transformed into the North Carolina Civil War & Reconstruction History Center. Special exhibits highlight the Colonial and Revolutionary War periods (September) and War I (October). Visitors are surprised to find a thriving arts scene in Cumberland County. Live theater, music, concerts and art galleries show off local and regional talent. Theater go- ers are treated to live performances at Cameo Art House Theater, Cape Fear Regional Theater and Gilbert Theater. Fayetteville State University stages plays from students and Faculty at Butler Theater. Tony nominated plays have been performed at the CFRT such as Diamond Studs, King Mackerel and others. In April, audiences were entertained with a new modern twist on Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility. In August, Teen Summer Stock Theater will include the production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Once it was a United States Post Office and a public library, but today a restored building is home to the Cum- berland County Arts Council. The Arts Council Galleries feature local and regional artists and hosts numerous free art events for the community such as monthly Fourth Friday and Market Days events, the annual International Folk Festival in September, A Dickens Holiday during the holiday season, and other visual art exhibitions. Fayetteville is getting its "culinary legs" with an ever increasing choice of diverse restaurants. Restaurants are owned by ex-military as well as those from all over the world, bringing a new taste and flavor to the region. The popularity of California-style Japanese cuisine at Umami, which specializes in sushi, led to the opening of Gohan Bistro, specializing in ramen and poke (raw fish). Try the Chasu Shoyu Braised Pork Belly poke bowl with spicy tuna or the Spicy Pork Belly Ramen. Gohan's unique teas such as the Honeydew Milk Tea is the cure for spicy ramen. Eating at Sherefe (Turkish for "cheers"), the perennial local favorite is a must. Owner, Mustafa Somar's restau- rant is a hit with visitors and locals. >> historic, diverse, and themed trails FAYETTEVILLE STATS POPULATION 204,777 MEDIAN HOME VALUE $130,900 MEDIAN GROSS RENT $873 COST OF LIVING 89.8 / US 100

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