Fayetteville/Fort Bragg/ Sandhills NC

VOL6 ISS2 2016

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — FAYETTEVILLE | FORT BRAGG | SANDHILLS REGION VOLUME 6 — ISSUE 2 14 SANDHILLS THE SANDHILLS BY LINDSEY GREY The Sandhills is more than the sum of its parts. It is a sweet slice of North Carolina where horses, golf and pine forests collide. Agricultural, history and heritage are part of the lands fabric. Scottish-Americans and Lumbee Indians play a role in the region's history. The sandy soil and mild climate form a backdrop for Moore, Hoke, Richmond, Harnett, Scotland, Montgomery and Cumberland County, home of Fayetteville and Fort Bragg. Towns in Moore County pay homage to the longleaf pine topography: Southern Pines, Pinehurst, Pinebluff, Whispering Pines and others. Scotland County has one of the highest concentrations of Highland Scots in North America. The Scottish heritage is promoted each year at Highland games held at the John Blue home in Laurinburg, the county seat. Unique festival such as the Highland games attracts visitors to the region, along with the Kuumba Festival (September) that celebrates African history and culture. Stewartsville Cemetery, founded in 1785, is significant for being a burial ground for black, white, and Indian populations. St. Andrews University is a nationally recognized university in Laurinburg. The St. Andrews Pipe Band, with pipers and drummers from all over the nation, is an award-winning band noted as one of the top in the eastern United States. The St. Andrews Equestrian Program is a national leader in the development of equestrian riders by combing academic excellence with the sport. The Therapeutic Riding degree was the first undergraduate degree of its kind in the country. The small town of Wagram, situated between Raeford and Laurinburg is home to Cypress Bend Vineyards & Winery. Wagram is also home to Warriors Claim Thoroughbred Rehabilitation. The unique program pairs ex-race horses and soldiers to create a bond that helps both to overcome mental and physical issues. This quaint suburb is a favorite summer home for some of Wagram's leading residents. Outdoor recreation is easy with fourteen parks and plenty of green space that mark the county's outdoor assets. The Lumber River flows through Scotland county, along with three other counties. Kayaking, canoeing and fishing are relaxing pastimes or for something different, visit the practice site for the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team. Stay in the Thomas Walton Manor, a stately Georgian colonial, built by the Hervey Evans family in 1939. Montgomery County brings to mind outdoor living, recreation and natural beauty. The county known for its natural resources – namely its lakes and a well known forest is also the home of a robust peach industry. The small county is the home of the Uwharrie National Forest, one of the smallest national forests in the country and the oldest mountain range in North America. A chain of lakes — Badin, Tillery, Tuckertown, and Falls Lake call to families to come and stay awhile when the thermometer starts heating up. The summer population swells on the lake with families who spend lazy days boating, fishing or lounging on a float. For others sitting on the porch overlooking the lake is the perfect way to end the day. For those the like more adrenalin pumping sports, the Uwharrie Off-Road Training Center in Troy is the ticket. Instructors teach military and civilians safe off-road driving, recovery, field expedient repair and other skills. Each August, 4WD navigation, canoeing, >> pines, thoroughbreds, and golf, of course

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