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 50 HARNETT COUNTY HARNETT COUNTY Pitch perfect described Harnett County centuries ago when the tar and pitch industry was thriving. Credited for the successful industry was the vast forest of longleaf pine trees that stood tall on nine million acres in North Carolina. The trees were the state's and region's calling card for the British who wanted the tar, pitch and turpentine to seal and waterproof their wooden ships. The industry faded out around the time of the Civil War. Remaining behind was the moniker that brands North Carolina as "the Tar Heel state," so named for the tar that left an imprint on shoes. Locals have since preserved the history of the industry in a documentary series, "Welcome to River Town," led by film maker and local historian, Brian Avery. History remains the county's calling card and never more than in 2016. This year the town geared up for the 30th General William C. Lee Celebration with a week- long slate of noteworthy events in June. Lee is credited with the formation of the 101st and the 82nd Airborne Divisions, and shouts of "Bill Lee" instead of "Geronimo" were heard by his courageous troops as they made that first historic jump. The General William C. Lee Airborne Museum tells Lee's story and contributions to the Army. Lee Residence Hall, one of the largest dormitories at North Carolina State University, is named after William C. Lee, a graduate of the school. His home in Dunn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The celebration in June included a golf tournament, formal dance/social on the grounds of historic Howard House, events at Stewart Theatre and others for a week full of memories. Barbecue was of course a part of the BY LINDSEY GREY celebration with a North Carolina sanctioned "Pig Cookoff." Music on the last day showcased the Charlie Daniels Band. The final concert kicked off with the entrance of the Golden Knights parachute jump team and closed with a display of patriotic fireworks. Culture and history is embraced at various theaters and art groups throughout the county. Harnett Regional Theatre presents productions throughout the year at the renovated Stewart Theatre as well as a children's workshop during the summer. Campbell University is a popular venue for concerts, plays and art exhibits along with musical theatre and opera. Campbell is North Carolina's second largest private university. Residents take advantage of the natural assets and get outdoors for a walk or run along the 5.3 mile old railroad tracks that join the towns of Dunn and Erwin together. The Dunn-Erwin Rail Trail Authority is host each year to the Rail Trail Run for CareNet held in spring and the Erwin Wilderness Challenge in June. Plans to connect the Dunn Erwin Rail Trail to the Cape Fear River are in final stages. If hiking is your niche, Raven Rock State Park is the answer. The 4,667-acre destination is perfect for an afternoon of exploring. Take the trail that leads to the Raven Rock formation that stretches along the shimmering Cape Fear River. Erwin River Park is also popular with kayakers and canoeists. Check out the one-of-a-kind locations/events that bring locals and visitors together to celebrate heritage, food, nature and music in Harnett County towns: Lillington (county seat of Harnett County) - The progressive town has a new botanical trail that is a one- mile loop over 12 acres. The town in the planning stages for Phase I of the Lillington River Park on the Cape Fear River. The nearly eight-acre park will provide a unique riverfront amenity for Lillington. Angiers - See the Gourd Museum filled with gourds and crafts from all around the world. In June, Angiers draws a crowd of motorcyclists and bike enthusiasts to downtown to enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of its annual Bike Fest event. Dunn – Museums showcase history at the Averasboro Battlefield and Museum, and the General William C. Lee Airborne Museum. Learn about celebrated American rock and roll guitarist, songwriter, and the inventor of the power cord, Fred "Link" Wray, who was born in Dunn. Wray's songs were featured in movie sound tracks such as Pulp Fiction, Independence Day, Desperado and others. In 2014, he was nominated for induction into the 2014 Class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. Rolling Stone magazine ranked Link Wray as number 45 on their list of the "One Hundred Greatest Guitarists" of all time. [] culture, history, a rail trail

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