Fayetteville/Fort Bragg/ Sandhills NC

VOL6 ISS1 2016

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — FAYETTEVILLE | FORT BRAGG | SANDHILLS REGION VOLUmE 6 — ISSUE 1 44 Centrally located in North Carolina, Moore County enjoys easy access by auto from Interstates 95, 85, 40 and 73/74. Air travel is available via terminals in Raleigh/Durham, Fayetteville, and Greensboro. The Moore County Airport (SOP) can also handle private aircraft up to BAC III and is located about 5 miles northeast of the town of Pinehurst and 3 miles north of Southern Pines. Amtrak provides daily service directly to and from the area as well. Moore County was formed in 1785 and named after Alfred Moore, an ofcer in the American Revolutionary War and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. The county is made up of towns and villages that have an incredible lifestyle to ofer. From Pinehurst, a New England-style golf town saturated with 'southern hospitality', to Southern Pines - one of the nation's frst health resort towns, to the railroad community of Aberdeen; opportunities for enjoyable visits or, better yet relocating, abound. Aberdeen is home to over 7,300 residents and has an active downtown. It is also known as a commercial, industrial and railroad hub in southern Moore County. Neighboring Southern Pines is a bit larger community with nearly 13,000 residents who enjoy the diverse atmosphere enhanced by local shopping, restaurants, and entertainment. Moore County's largest community is Pinehurst, world-renowned as a destination for golfers and recreation. Carthage serves as the Moore County seat. Together, these towns and other communities form an area that has something for everyone, from young military families to entrepreneurs to individuals looking for the perfect place to retire. mOOre COunty MOORE COUNTY by laurel hyatt As mentioned earlier, Carthage serves as the Moore County seat. Though not as populous as other towns in the county, Carthage possesses its own special small town charm. Located between Hwy 24/27 (east to west) and Hwy 15-501 (north to south) the town continues to grow ofering easy access to the golf and recreation of some of the better known towns coupled with a cozy "know-your-neighbor" feel. Carthage's claim to fame, especially in the late 1800s and early 1900s, was the evolvement of the Tyson and Jones Buggy Company. At its peak turning out 3,000 vehicles per year, Tyson and Jones earned the reputation for producing the "Cadillac of carriages". Though the advent of the automobile proved to be the undoing for the buggy industry, the people of Carthage still celebrate this part of their proud heritage with an annual Buggy Festival around the frst weekend of May each year. You will also want to include a visit to the Bryant House (c. 1820) and the McLendon Cabin (c. 1760). These structures are maintained by the Moore County Historical Association and serve as living museums depicting daily life in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Carthage Historical Museum likewise houses 200 years of artifacts pertaining to local history. Aberdeen, North Carolina similarly is full of historical character. Located in the southern part of Moore County and settled by Scottish immigrants in the 1700's, the town was known as Bethesda and Blue's Crossing before it adopted Aberdeen ofcially in the latter part of the 19th century. Success and growth seemed destined for the area as the tar, pitch and turpentine industry prospered. However when over a third of the workforce was lost in battle during the Civil War, the focus of the area changed. A resilient people, those soldiers who did return began operating businesses of their own. With the Raleigh & Augusta Air Line RR (now owned by CSX) completed through the county; the native Scots living in the outlying areas began to centralize into a closer knit community. In 1892, John Blue built a rail line from the Raleigh & Augusta in Aberdeen eastward reaching Fayetteville and the Cape Fear River, making Aberdeen a central hub for industry and manufacturing. Though the area was stripped of much of its virgin pine trees; agriculture brought forth grain, fruit, cotton and tobacco. The resort and retirement industries also grew. As with many North Carolina towns and cities today Aberdeen hosts the beginning of a microbrewery industry. As if in a tribute to Aberdeen's past, the founders of the Railhouse Brewery, Brian Evitts and Mike Ratkowski, >> pottery, buggies, and oh yeah, golf

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