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 56 North Carolina is a state rife with adventure, attractions, history and culture. There is plenty to see and do in the nation's tenth largest state — North Carolina has 100 counties and the second-largest road system in the U.S. It is a melting pot of different cultures that are attracted to the terrain, climate and lifestyle. The 12th state in the union is a study in contradictions: we sometimes talk slow but we like our food fast (and fresh); we enjoy urban amenities, cool restaurants and nightlife but we like to go home at night to small towns where friendliness is more than a virtue, it's a way of life. North Carolina is not a one-size-fits all state, but one where diverse people and geography are appreciated and the road less traveled is enticing. Major highways can get you where you are going fast but sometimes the best path is a detour into towns where bigger is not always better. To appreciate our state's progress, it's always good to look at the past to see how far we have come. For many, it is an American history lesson that starts in our backyard. North Carolina's role in the Civil War is highlighted in 2015 during the 150th anniversary of the war. Civil War sites and trails are found throughout the state and many are in the Sandhill regions. Start in Fayetteville, a city closely linked to the nation's history, by visiting one of the city's Cultural Heritage Trails. The trails [more than 750 miles] are grouped into themes —Scottish, African-American History, Architecture, Culinary, Civil War, Military History and others. Visitors use technology to download directions to the trails (visitfayettevillenc.com) or stop DAY TRIPS/THINGS TO DO Out and About in the Sandhills BY LYNNE BRANDON by the Visitor Center to pick up a guide book. Each tour offers an audio historical narrative that can be downloaded. The movie Planes, Trains and Automobiles comes to life in Fayetteville when visitors take a day to experience the modes of transportation that changed the world and the city. 'Paths, Plank Roads, and Planes' is a 100-mile trail that tracks the story of the development and progress of transportation. Imagination will take travelers back to a time when the sounds of horses' hooves rang through the streets and wagon wheels creaked. Starting with the late 1770s, visitors on the trail return to the past when horses, wagons and carriages first eased the burden of traveling by foot. In March 1770, C. J. Sauthier, a French cartographer, surveyed and drew a "plan of the town of Cross Creek, showing several major roads including a 'road to the court house' in the nearby village of Campbellton. Learn about the Cape Fear River which was the major thoroughfare of its day with ships bringing in a variety of cargo, consumable goods, household items, and settlers. In 1818, steamboats began coursing through the Cape Fear River between Fayetteville and the coastal port of Wilmington. The Henrietta, a side-wheel steamer built north of town, took six days on its maiden voyage to travel between the two cities. Eventually, the trip would be whittled down to a mere 10 hours. Plank roads are a part of the transportation trail history. Discover how Fayetteville was bypassed when North Carolina began to build railroads. Instead, plank roads were introduced into the area and called the 'Farmer's Railroad' because of the ease it afforded farmers for transporting crops and other goods to market. Because of its prominence as a marketplace, the Fayetteville and Western Plank road, completed in 1855, became the longest plank road in history [at that time]—129 miles long. Eventually, the cost of maintaining plank roads made it an obsolete form of transportation. The Western Railroad would later connect the city to other railroads in North Carolina, and in 1902, Fayetteville joined the world's progress with its first automobile. Today the transportation modes of the past co- exist with modern technologies that have improved transportation. For those who like the slower pace of life, golf carts [on and off the green] are a favorite way of getting around. To see it all come together under one roof, stop by the Transportation and Local History Museum in Fayetteville. >>

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