Home of Heroes, Beautiful Fayetteville is a Fun Place to Visit
Fayetteville, North Carolina has gotten a bad rap. Visitors to this scenic, historic town in the sandhills of NC will find fun, great food, and history abound.
In its past life, Fayetteville may have been called “Fayettenam”, but this small city in the sandhills of North Carolina has worked hard over the past few years to change its “sleazy” image. Now family-friendly, this city’s motto is “History, Heroes, and a Hometown Feeling”. And as fitting for a city with that slogan, Fayetteville is jam-packed with festivals, food, and fun.
History of Fayetteville
Fayetteville originated when two small towns, Campbelltown and Cross Creek, joined together. Settled mainly by displaced Scottish highlanders, the town was named after the great Revolutionary War hero, the Marquis de Lafayette. Citizens of Fayetteville boast that the town was the only town named after Lafayette that the hero ever visited. Now, the city is home to Ft. Bragg and Pope Air Force Base.
The Market House
Built on the site of the State House, which had been destroyed in a fire, the Market House sits at the center of the town’s main roundabout. It is a focal point for local concerts and festivals.
Airborne and Special Operations Museum
In a town that is home to not one, but two, military bases, it isn’t surprising to find a museum dedicated to the military’s past and present glories. The Airborne and Special Operations Museum showcases the history of the army’s airborne division. Core exhibits stay the same, but the museum also has many special exhibits.
The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and on Sundays from noon until 5 p.m. Admission to the museum is free, but donations are welcome.
Fascinate-U Children’s Museum
The sign may say “children’s museum”, but kids of all ages will appreciate the interactive exhibits. Children experience hands-on learning where they can operate a store or even be a news anchor. The museum costs $3.00 for adults and $1.00 for children. It is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. On Wednesday, it is open from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Saturday, the hours are 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and on Sunday from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m.
International Folk Festival
This three-day festival is a celebration of Fayetteville’s diversity which features a Parade of Nations, a craft festival, and a concert. Vendors also showcase the food of their homelands, making for a gastronomic delight!
Visitors to Fayetteville can find more information about this wonderful city through the Fayetteville Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. Fayetteville is located right off on I-95 and is easily accessible to tourists. There are many hotels and restaurants in the city.