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 54 rObesOn COunty ROBESON COUNTY North Carolina is known for its lakes and rivers. The famed and mysterious Cape Fear River formed in central North Carolina fows southeast and touches parts of Harnett and Cumberland counties in the Sandhills and continues toward the coastal counties before emptying into the Atlantic Ocean at Cape Fear. Equally captivating is Robeson County's signature Lumber River referenced as "Lumber"on maps and "the Lumbee" by locals. The mighty river is North Carolina's only blackwater river. Eighty-one miles have been federally designated "wild and scenic." Thousands of nature lover and explorers come annually to enjoy the sheltering cedars and unpredictable twists and bends as the river winds for 115 miles through four North Carolina counties. It is a place for refection, relaxation and outdoor recreation and enduring inspiration for photographer's and artists. The experience of the river is enhanced by the Lumber River State Park. The Princess Ann and Chalk Banks access areas anchor two ends of the riverine park, with tent-friendly campgrounds, group campsites, picnic areas and short hiking trails. Pier and riverbank fshing is available for black crappie, largemouth bass, catfsh and pan fsh. Compass courses, kayak and canoe trips, nature hikes, river challenges, sunset canoe rides, movie nights, paddling and fshing excursions as well as interpretive programs provide activities for all interests. Each July, The Lumber River Day Festival celebrates the grand river. The ft-focused community embraces an equestrian lifestyle and stays active in the sport with events held at the Southeastern NC Agricultural Center. The multi- use facility hosts barrel racing, Cowboy Up rodeo and other events during the year. Permanent horse stalls are planned to draw multi-day horse shows. Adults and kids gather for sports at the Dr. Raymond B. Pennington Athletic Complex (formerly the Northeast Park). The 90-acre recreation facility includes fve baseball felds: a championship feld, two little league felds and two adult felds. The complex also has a disc golf course, a playground, walking trails and a pecan grove. The completion of the long planned Downtown Plaza Shelter will be just in time for the "Rumba on the Lumber" event that takes place on the frst weekend in March. The downtown festival of music, movement and food usually kicks of on Friday night with a spaghetti dinner and dance. Saturday's fun includes the largest chili cook-of in the Carolinas, a craft festival, plenty of free activities for kids, live beach and blues music, biking events for all ages and experience levels, a family fun mile for kids of all ages, and a 5K walk/run with prizes. The by lindsey grey 2016 event features the Rumba Games and the Rumba Brew and Wine Fest. The downtown shelter will hold other special events during the year including "Alive after 5." Museums tell Robeson's story. The Museum of the Southeast American Indian located on the campus of UNC-Pembroke is a multi-faceted museum for research and community outreach. The museum contains exhibits of authentic Indian artifacts, arts and crafts from Indian communities all over the Americas with special emphasis and focus on the Robeson County Indian and the largest North Carolina tribe, the Lumbee. The county celebrates its Native American history in the spring and in the warmer months the Annual Summer Art Show and Sale takes place during the Annual Lumbee Homecoming festivities. In the fall the Lumbee Indian "Pow Wow" brings visitors to town. Learn about the county's past at the Robeson County History Museum. Special exhibits for 2016 include: January: Native American Flutes and Drums February: North Carolina "Book 'Em" literacy event: an author will speak on the Colonial Period in America. March: Julie Hedgepeth Williams will speak on her book "A Rare Titanic Family: The Caldwell Story of Survival." April: The chief attendant on Air Force One beginning with George W. Bush will share his experiences. April - May: A geography exhibit depicting Lumberton, St. Pauls, Red Springs, Fairmont, Pembroke, Maxton, and Rowland. June - July: The History of Photography in Robeson County Late August - October: The History of Athletics in Robeson County [] river recreation, lumbee nation

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