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22 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CAPE FEAR NC | VOLUME 12—ISSUE 2 JACKSONVILLE Jacksonville BY LAUREL HYATT Ranked as one of the safest cities in North Carolina and named by Business Week Magazine as the best city in North Carolina to raise kids Jacksonville is not only the commercial center of Onslow County, it is also home to Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Lejeune, Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River, Camp Johnson, Camp Geiger, and MARSOC HQ. As you can see, Jacksonville is definitely a military-friendly town but it's not all about the military in Jacksonville. For the history buff Jacksonville is a treasure trove. All along the waterfront you can see historic structures like the 1904 Onslow County Courthouse. Nearby is the historic Pelletier House & Wantland Spring, a Greek revival home and the oldest standing structure in Jacksonville, operated by the Onslow County Museum. In fact, the Bank of Onslow and Jacksonville Masonic Temple, Mill Avenue Historic District, and Pelletier House and Wantland Spring are all listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Camp Lejeune/Jacksonville has become a stable economic force for Onslow County and the region has been maintaining a steady growth but just in the last few years, it has grown tremendously. This is due to a combination of events: An increase in military personnel to Camp Lejeune and MCAS New River due to Military Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC); businesses starting to invest in Jacksonville, because they recognize that with its young Marines and rapidly growing young families, the city is underdeveloped; and an aggressive local government with an eye for the future. The City of Jacksonville is working hard to make the city parks enjoyable and beautiful. The parks feature many different amenities such as playgrounds, picnic areas, grills, basketball courts, public restrooms, well-lit shelter areas and nature trails. Of course Jacksonville's proximity to the military will always influence many of the visitors' attractions such as the Lejeune Memorial Gardens — home to the Beirut Memorial, Onslow Vietnam Veteran's Memorial and the 9/11 Memorial. Lejeune Memorial Gardens is located on Montford Point Road near the Freedom Fountain, downtown Jacksonville and the entrance to Camp Geiger. The Beirut Memorial is a solemn tribute to 273 Marines who gave the last full measure of devotion in Lebanon and Grenada in 1983. The names of each man are engraved in granite along with the words "They Came in Peace." The 9/11 Memorial includes a beam from the Twin Towers, presented to the first troops who invaded Iraq, from the police and firefighters of New York. The Vietnam Memorial is one of the largest Vietnam Memorials in the nation and one of the only few that list all the names of the fallen. The glass walls that encompass the central fountain are inscribed with the names of the 58,229 men and women who lost their lives in the Vietnam War. The Montford Point Marine Memorial honors the first African-Americans admitted to the Marine Corps during World War II. Free parking is available on Montford Landing Road at the entrance to Lejeune Memorial Gardens. Jacksonville Transit also has a stop located within walking distance to the Gardens. If you travel just about an hour up US17-North from Wilmington, whether your interest is military, historical, or just looking for some southern charm in a family- friendly city on the coast, you'll find it all in Jacksonville, North Carolina! [] military, family-centric, historic

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