Fayetteville (/ˈfeɪətˌvɪl/) is a city in Cumberland County, North
Carolina, United States. It is the county seat of Cumberland
County, and is best known as the home of Fort Bragg, a major U.S.
Army installation northwest of the city.
Fayetteville has received the All-America
City Award from the National
Civic League three times. As of the 2010 census it had a population of
200,564, with an estimated population of 204,408 in 2013. It is
the 6th-largest city in North Carolina. Fayetteville is in the
Sandhills in the western part of the Coastal Plain region, on the Cape
With an estimated population in 2013 of 210,533 people, the
Fayetteville metropolitan area is the largest in southeastern North
Carolina, and the fifth-largest in the state. Suburban areas of metro
Fayetteville include Fort Bragg, Hope Mills, Spring Lake, Raeford,
Pope Field, Rockfish, Stedman, and Eastover. Fayetteville's mayor is
Mitch Colvin, who is serving his first term.
1.1 Early settlement
1.2 American Revolution
1.5 The Civil War era and late nineteenth century
1.6 20th century to the present
Fort Bragg and Pope Army Airfield
1.8 Sanctuary community for military families
1.9 National Register of Historic Places
4.1 Top employers
4.2 Defense industry
5 Arts and culture
5.1 Clubs and organizations
5.2 Points of interest
7.1 Public schools
7.1.1 High schools (grades 9–12)
7.1.2 Specialty schools
7.2 Private schools
7.3 Colleges and universities
8.1 Television stations
8.2 Radio stations
9.1 Air transportation
9.3 Public transportation
9.4 Passenger rail
10 Notable people
12 Sister city
15 External links
See also: Timeline of Fayetteville, North Carolina
The area of present-day Fayetteville was historically inhabited by
Siouan Native American peoples, such as the Eno, Shakori,
Waccamaw, Keyauwee, and Cape Fear people. They followed successive
cultures of other indigenous peoples in the area for more than 12,000
After the violent upheavals of the
Yamasee War and Tuscarora Wars
during the second decade of the 18th century, the North Carolina
colony encouraged English settlement along the upper Cape Fear River,
the only navigable waterway entirely within the colony. Two inland
settlements, Cross Creek and Campbellton, were established by Scots
from Campbeltown, Argyll and Bute, Scotland.
Merchants in Wilmington wanted a town on the
Cape Fear River
Cape Fear River to secure
trade with the frontier country. They were afraid people would use the
Pee Dee River
Pee Dee River and transport their goods to Charleston, South Carolina.
The merchants bought land from Newberry in Cross Creek. Campbellton
became a place where poor whites and free blacks lived, and gained a
reputation for lawlessness.
In 1783, Cross Creek and Campbellton united, and the new town was
incorporated as Fayetteville in honor of Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de
Lafayette, a French military hero who significantly aided the American
forces during the war. Fayetteville was the first city to be named
in his honor in the United States. Lafayette visited the city on
March 4 and 5, 1825, during his grand tour of the United States.
Center tile of floor of the Market House which served as a town market
Liberty Point in Fayetteville, where the "Liberty Point Resolves" were
signed in June 1775
The Cool Spring Tavern, built in 1788, is the oldest structure in
Fayetteville. Most earlier structures were destroyed by the "great
fire" of 1831.
The local region was heavily settled by Scots in the mid/late 1700s,
and most of these were Gaelic-speaking Highlanders. The vast majority
of Highland Scots, recent immigrants, remained loyal to the British
government and rallied to the call to arms from the Royal Governor.
Despite this, they were eventually defeated by a larger Revolutionary
force at the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge. The area also included a
number of active Revolutionaries.
In late June 1775, residents drew up the "Liberty Point Resolves,"
which preceded the Declaration of Independence by a little more than a
year. It said,
"This obligation to continue in full force until a reconciliation
shall take place between Great Britain and America, upon
constitutional principles, an event we most ardently desire; and we
will hold all those persons inimical to the liberty of the colonies,
who shall refuse to subscribe to this Association; and we will in all
things follow the advice of our General Committee respecting the
purposes aforesaid, the preservation of peace and good order, and the
safety of individual and private property."
Robert Rowan, who apparently organized the group, signed first.
Robert Rowan (circa 1738–1798) was one of the area's leading public
figures of the 18th century. A merchant and entrepreneur, he settled
in Cross Creek in the 1760s. He served as an officer in the French and
Indian War, as sheriff, justice and legislator, and as a leader of the
Patriot cause in the Revolutionary War. Rowan Street and Rowan Park in
Fayetteville and a local chapter of the Daughters of the American
Revolution are named for him, though Rowan County (founded in 1753)
was named for his uncle, Matthew Rowan.
Flora MacDonald (1722–1790), a Scots Highland woman known for aiding
Bonnie Prince Charlie after his Highlander army's defeat at Culloden
in 1746, lived in
North Carolina for about five years. She was a
staunch Loyalist and aided her husband to raise the local Scots to
fight for the King against the Revolution.
Seventy-First Township in western Cumberland County (now a part of
Fayetteville) is named for a British regiment during the American
Revolution – the 71st Regiment of Foot or "Fraser's Highlanders", as
they were first called.
Fayetteville had what is sometimes called its "golden decade" during
the 1780s. It was the site in 1789 for the state convention that
ratified the U.S. Constitution, and for the General Assembly session
that chartered the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Fayetteville lost out to the future city of Raleigh in the bid to
become the permanent state capital.
In 1793, the Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry formed and is
still active as a ceremonial unit. It is the second-oldest militia
unit in the country.
Henry Evans (circa 1760–1810), a free black preacher, is locally
known as the "Father of Methodism" in the area. Evans was a shoemaker
by trade and a licensed
Methodist preacher. He met opposition from
whites when he began preaching to slaves in Fayetteville, but he later
attracted whites to his services. He is credited with building the
first church in town, called the African Meeting House, in 1796. Evans
AME Zion Church
AME Zion Church is named in his honor.
Fayetteville had 3,500 residents in 1820, but Cumberland County's
population still ranked as the second-most urban in the state behind
New Hanover County (Wilmington). Its "Great Fire" of 1831 was believed
to be one of the worst in the nation's history, although no lives were
lost. Hundreds of homes and businesses and most of the best-known
public buildings were lost, including the old "State House".
Fayetteville leaders moved quickly to help the victims and rebuild the
The Market House, completed in 1832, became the center of commerce and
celebration. The structure was built on the ruins of the old State
House. It was a town market until 1906. It served as Fayetteville Town
Hall until 1907. The
City Council is considering adapting the Market
House into a local history museum.
The Civil War era and late nineteenth century
The Confederate arsenal in Fayetteville was destroyed in March 1865 by
William T. Sherman
William T. Sherman during the Civil War.
In March 1865, Gen.
William T. Sherman
William T. Sherman and his 60,000-man army
attacked Fayetteville and destroyed the Confederate arsenal (designed
by the Scottish architect William Bell). Sherman's troops also
destroyed foundries and cotton factories, and the offices of The
Fayetteville Observer. Not far from Fayetteville, Confederate and
Union troops engaged in the last cavalry battle of the Civil War, the
Battle of Monroe's Crossroads.
Downtown Fayetteville was the site of a skirmish, as Confederate Lt.
Gen. Wade Hampton and his men surprised a cavalry patrol, killing 11
Union soldiers and capturing a dozen on March 11, 1865.
In the late nineteenth century, Fayetteville whites adopted Jim Crow
and state laws to impose racial segregation.
20th century to the present
Children working in the Tolar, Hart and Holt Mills in Fayetteville,
1914. Photo by Lewis Hine.
Cumberland County's population exploded in the post-World War II
years, with its 43% increase in the 1960s the largest in any of North
Carolina's 100 counties. Construction was fast-paced as shopping
developments and suburban subdivisions began to spread outside the
Fayetteville city limits toward
Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force Base.
The Fayetteville and Cumberland County school systems moved toward
integration gradually, beginning in the early 1960s; busing brought
about wider-scale student integration in the 1970s.
Segregation of public facilities continued. Marches and sit-ins during
the Civil Rights Movement, with students from Fayetteville State
Teachers College (now Fayetteville State University) at the forefront,
led to the end of whites-only service at restaurants and segregated
seating in theaters. Blacks and women gained office in significant
numbers, from the late 1960s and on into the early 1980s.
Vietnam Era was a time of change in the Fayetteville area. Fort
Bragg did not send many large units to Vietnam, but from 1966 to 1970,
more than 200,000 soldiers trained at the post before leaving for the
war. This buildup stimulated area businesses. Anti-war protests in
Fayetteville drew national attention because of Fort Bragg, in a city
that generally supported the war. Anti-war groups invited the actress
Jane Fonda to Fayetteville to participate in three
anti-war events. At this time, Fayetteville also made headlines after
Jeffrey R. MacDonald murdered his pregnant wife and two
daughters in their Ft. Bragg home in 1970; the book and movie Fatal
Vision were based on these events.
To combat the dispersal of suburbanization, Fayetteville has worked to
redevelop its downtown through various revitalization projects; it has
attracted large commercial and defense companies such as Purolator,
General Dynamics and
Wal-Mart Stores and Distribution Center.
Development of the Airborne &
Special Operations Museum,
Fayetteville Area Transportation Museum, Fayetteville Linear Park, and
Fayetteville Festival Park, which opened in late 2006, have added
regional attractions to the center.
In the first decade of the 21st century, the towns and rural areas
surrounding Fayetteville had rapid growth. Suburbs such as Hope Mills,
Raeford and Spring Lake had increases in population.
In 2005, Congress passed the
Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Act,
resulting in several new commands relocating to Fort Bragg. These
U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) and
U.S. Army Reserve
Command, both of which relocated from
Fort McPherson in Atlanta. More
than 30,000 people were expected to relocate to the area with
associated businesses and families. FORSCOM awards over $300 billion
in contracts annually.
In the November/December 2009 issue of Where to Retire, the magazine
named Fayetteville as one of the best places to retire in the United
States for military retirements.
In December 2015, Fayetteville unveiled the
Guinness World Record
Guinness World Record for
the biggest Christmas stocking, weighing approximately 1,600 pounds
(730 kg), and measuring 74.5 x 139 inches.
Fort Bragg and Pope Army Airfield
Entrance sign to Fort Bragg
FORSCOM & USARC headquarters
Fort Bragg and
Pope Army Airfield Field
Pope Army Airfield Field are in the northern part of
the city of Fayetteville.
U.S. Army airborne units are stationed at Fort Bragg, most
prominently the XVIII Airborne Corps HQ, the 82nd Airborne Division,
United States Army
Special Operations Command.
Fort Bragg was the home of the Field
Artillery at the onset of World
War II. All the Army's artillery units east of the Mississippi River
were based at the post, about 5,000 men in all. Soldiers tested the
Army's new bantam car, which was soon to be known as the Jeep,
although most of the power to move artillery still came from horses
and burros. On September 12, 1940, the Army contracted to expand the
post, bringing the 9th Infantry Division to Fort Bragg.
The mission of
Pope Field is to provide airlift to American armed
forces and to humanitarian missions flown all over the world. Pope
Field particularly provides air transportation for the 82nd Airborne,
among other airborne units on Fort Bragg.
All of Pope's fighter jet squadrons have been relocated to Moody AFB,
Georgia. The main entity at Pope are now the Air Force Reserves,
although they still have a small amount of active personnel.
In September 2008, Fayetteville annexed 85% of Ft. Bragg, bringing the
population of the city to 206,000. Ft. Bragg retains its own police,
fire, and EMS services. Fayetteville hopes to attract large retail
businesses to the area using the new population figures.
Sanctuary community for military families
Fayetteville becomes the first "Sanctuary for Soldiers".
82D Airborne Division 4-mile Run
On September 5, 2008, Cumberland County announced it was the "World's
First Sanctuary for Soldiers and Their Families"; it marked major
roads with blue and white "Sanctuary" signage. Within the county,
soldiers were to be provided with local services, ranging from free
childcare to job placement for soldiers' spouses.
Five hundred volunteers have signed up to watch over military
families. They were recruited to offer one-to-one services; member
businesses will also offer discounts and preferential treatments. Time
magazine recognized Fayetteville for its support of military families
and identified it as "America's Most Pro-Military Town".
National Register of Historic Places
Main article: National Register of Historic Places listings in
Cumberland County, North Carolina
The city limits extend west to the Hoke boundary. It is bordered on
the north by the town of Spring Lake.
According to the
Census Bureau, Fayetteville has a total
area of 147.7 square miles (382.6 km2), of which 145.8 square
miles (377.7 km2) is land and 1.9 square miles (4.8 km2) is
water. The total area is 1.926% water.
Fayetteville is in the Sandhills of North Carolina, which are between
the coastal plain to the southeast and the Piedmont to the northwest.
The city is built on the Cape Fear River, a 202-mile-long
(325 km) river that originates in Haywood and empties into the
Atlantic Ocean. Carver's Falls, measuring 150 feet (46 m) wide
and two stories tall, is on Carver Creek, a tributary of the Cape
Fear, just northeast of the city limits.
Fayetteville is located in the humid subtropical climate (Köppen
climate classification Cfa) zone, with mostly moderate temperatures
year round. Winters are mild, but can get cool with snow occurring a
few days per year. Summers are hot with levels of humidity which can
cause spontaneous thunderstorms and rain showers. Temperature records
range from −5 °F (−21 °C) on February 13, 1899 to
110 °F (43 °C) on August 21, 1983, which was the highest
temperature ever recorded in the State of North Carolina. On April 16,
2011, Fayetteville was struck by an EF3 tornado during North
Carolina's largest tornado outbreak. Surrounding areas such as
Sanford, Dunn and Raleigh were also affected.
Climate data for Fayetteville,
North Carolina (1981–2010 normals)
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As of the census of 2010, there were 200,564 people, 78,274
households, and 51,163 families residing in the city. The population
density was 1,401 people per square mile (541.1/km²). There were
87,005 housing units at an average density of 230.3 units/km² (596.3
persons/sq mi). The racial composition of the city was 45.7%
White, 41.9% Black or African American, 2.6% Asian American, 1.1%
Native American, 0.4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, 3.3%
some other race, and 4.9% two or more races. 10.1% of the population
were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 78,274 households, out of which 36.7% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 41.3% were headed by married couples
living together, 19.5% had a female householder with no husband
present, and 34.6% were non-families. 28.7% of all households were
made up of individuals, and 7.3% were someone living alone who was 65
years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45, and the
average family size was 3.02.
In the city the population was spread out with 25.8% under the age of
18, 14.4% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and
9.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29.9 years.
For every 100 females there were 93.6 males. For every 100 females age
18 and over, there were 90.5 males.
In 2013, the estimated median annual income for a household in the
city was $44,924, and the median income for a family was $49,608. Male
full-time workers had a median income of $37,371 versus $32,208 for
females. The per capita income for the city was $23,362. 18.4% of the
population and 16.2% of families were below the poverty line. 27.1% of
those under the age of 18 and 9.8% of those 65 and older were living
below the poverty line.
On September 30, 2005, Fayetteville annexed 27 square miles
(70 km2) and 46,000 residents. Some affected residents and
developers challenged the annexation in the courts, but were
ultimately unsuccessful. The exception was the Gates Four neighborhood
which won its case against annexation despite the annexation of all
Hay Street United
Founded in Wade in 1758,
Old Bluff Presbyterian Church
Old Bluff Presbyterian Church is one of the
oldest churches in the Upper Cape Fear Valley. The fourth Sunday of
September each year is the annual Old Bluff Reunion; it is open to the
Presbyterian Church maintains a detailed history at
Hundreds of houses of worship have been established in and around
Cumberland County, including Catholic, Baptist, Pentecostal, Methodist
Presbyterian churches, which have the largest congregations.
Fayetteville is home to St. Patrick Church, the oldest Catholic parish
in the state. Fayetteville is also home to Congregation Beth Israel,
formed in 1910 by the Jewish families of Fayetteville.
Fort Bragg is the backbone of the county's economy.
Fort Bragg and
Pope Field pump about $4.5 billion a year into the region's
economy, making Fayetteville one of the best retail markets in the
country. Fayetteville serves as the region's hub for shops,
restaurants, services, lodging, health care and entertainment.
Fayetteville boasts a low unemployment rate with a large labor pool of
According to Fayetteville 2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial
Report, the top employers in the city are:
# of Employees
Department of Defense (Fort Bragg)
Cumberland County Public School System
Cape Fear Valley Health System
Good Year Tire Manufacturing and Plant
City of Fayetteville
The Fayetteville area has a large and growing defense industry and was
ranked in the Top 5 Defense Industry Development areas in US for 2008,
2010, 2011 by Expansion Solutions Magazine. Eight of the ten top
American defense contractors are located in the area, including
Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics, and L-3
Communications. The city hosts Partnership for Defense Initiatives
(PDI), a non-profit organization that works with government,
academia, and private industry to develop defense solutions. The PDI
sponsors a Research and Development laboratory and a Defense Security
Technology Accelerator (DSTA), a statewide program to assist new
companies in developing their businesses and their technology services
and products to the entire Department of Defense community.
Arts and culture
Clubs and organizations
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The Woman's Club of Fayetteville
Points of interest
Cape Fear River
Cape Fear River Trail is designated as part of the East Coast
Greenway, a series of urban trails and greenways that will eventually
connect from Maine to Key West, Florida.
One of the downtown side streets with shops and restaurants
Hay Street in Downtown Fayetteville
Cool Spring Tavern
Evans Metropolitan AME Zion Church
The first Golden Corral
Hay Street United
Myrtle Hill Plantation
St. Patrick Catholic Church
Special Operations Museum
Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County
Fascinate-U Children's Museum
Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum
Fayetteville Museum of Art
Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex
Parks and recreation:
Cape Fear Botanical Garden
Cape Fear River
Cape Fear River Trail
College Lakes Park
Cross Creek Linear Park
Freedom Memorial Park
Jordan Soccer Complex
North Carolina Veterans Park
Cross Creek Mall
Theaters and arenas:
Cameo Art House Theatre
Cape Fear Regional Theater
The Gilbert Theater
Buies Creek Astros*
Jim Perry Stadium
Southern Professional Hockey League
Cape Fear Heroes
American Arena League
Coastal Plain League
J. P. Riddle Stadium
*The Houston Astros' Class-A Advanced affiliate will play its 2017 and
2018 seasons in Buies Creek while a new stadium is built in downtown
Fayetteville. The team will begin playing at its new home in
Fayetteville starting in 2019.
Cumberland County Schools' headquarters are located in Fayetteville,
and the schools serve all cities and towns of the county. CCS operates
a total of 87 schools, 53 elementary schools, 16 middle schools, 15
high schools and 9 Alternative and Specialty Schools including, 1
year-round classical, 1 evening academy, 1 web academy, and 2 special
Cumberland County Schools is the 4th-largest school system in
the state and 78th-largest in the country.
High schools (grades 9–12)
Cape Fear High School
Cape Fear High School - School of Agricultural & Natural Sciences
Academy (9 - 12)
Douglas Byrd High School - Finance Academy & Ford Partnerships for
Advanced Studies (9 - 12)
Ezekiel Ezra "E.E." Smith High School - Academies of Math &
Science and Fire Science (9 - 12)
Jack Britt High School
Jack Britt High School - Academy of Integrated Systems of Technology
and Applied Engineering (9 - 12)
Pine Forest High School - Academies of Emergency Medical Science &
Information Technology (9 - 12)
Seventy-First High School - School of Arts (9 - 12)
Terry Sanford High School - Global Studies Academy (9 - 12)
Westover High School - Academies of Health and Engineering (9 - 12)
South View High School - International Baccalaureate (9-12)
Gray's Creek High School - Academy of Information Technology (9-12)
Massey Hill Classical High School
Massey Hill Classical High School (9 - 12)
Cross Creek Early College High School (9-12)
Berean Baptist Academy (Pre-K - 12)
Fayetteville Christian School (Pre-K–12)
Northwood Temple Academy
Village Christian Academy
Colleges and universities
Carolina College of Biblical Studies
Grace College of Divinity
Fayetteville State University
Fayetteville Technical Community College
Shaw University Satellite Campus
See also: List of newspapers in North Carolina, List of radio stations
in North Carolina, and List of television stations in North Carolina
Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Cable Channel 7)
City of Fayetteville's Government
WUAW Various Genres
WRAE Religious Music
WZRI Christian Contemporary Music
WFSS Public Radio
WFLB Classic Hits
WQSM Top 40
Mainstream Urban (Hip Hop and R&B)
Urban Contemporary (R&B Hits)
WCLN-FM Gospel Music
Urban Adult Contemporary (Adult's R&B)
WKFV Contemporary Christian
Urban Adult Contemporary (Smooth R&B)
640 AM WFNC News/talk
1450 AM WMRV Sports (simulcasts WFAY)
WIDU Black Gospel/Talk
WAXX Big J's Top Hits
Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum in the
restored 1890 Cape Fear and Yadkin Valley Railroad Depot
The historic Fayetteville
Fayetteville Regional Airport
Fayetteville Regional Airport is served by five regional carriers that
provide daily and seasonal passenger services to three major airline
hubs within the United States. An additional regional carrier and
several fixed-base operators offer further services for both passenger
and general aviation operations.
Landmark Aviation provides fixed-base operator services for passenger
and general aviation traffic at the Fayetteville Regional Airport. The
general aviation terminal provides a lobby, pilot lounges, a
conference room, and a flight room with WSI weather computers. Hangar
storage and tie downs are also available.
Powell Avionics provides avionics and aircraft radio sales,
installation and service. Powell Avionics is a limited fixed-base
Rogers Aircraft provides aircraft repairs and maintenance.
All American Freeway
Martin Luther King Jr. Freeway
Interstate 95, south and east of the city limits
Interstate 95 Business
Interstate 295 (partially completed)
U.S. 13: The southern terminus of US 13 is in Eastover, at a junction
with I-95 and I-295.
See also: Fayetteville Area System of Transit
Fayetteville Area System of Transit
Fayetteville Area System of Transit (FAST) serves the Fayetteville
and Spring Lake regions, with ten bus routes and two shuttle routes.
FAST operates thirteen fixed bus routes within the city of
Fayetteville. Service is between the hours of 5:45 am and 10:30 pm on
weekdays, with reduced hours on Saturdays and no Sunday service. Most
routes begin and end at the Transfer Center at 147 Old Wilmington Road
in Fayetteville. Other transfer points are located at University
Estates, Cross Creek Mall, Veterans Administration Medical Center,
Bunce and Cliffdale Rds and Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.
See also: Fayetteville (
Atlantic Coast Line Railroad
Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Station, built in 1911, provides
Amtrak service with northbound and southbound routes leading to
points along the East Coast.
Henry Evans (circa 1760–1810) built the first
Methodist church in
Fayetteville in 1793; he is known as the "Father of Methodism" for the
Dwayne Allen, NFL tight end for New England Patriots
Joey Arias, singer and performance artist
Chris Armstrong, Canadian Football League player
Charlie Baggett, NFL assistant coach
Garry Battle, professional arena football player
Chip Beck, professional golfer, born in Fayetteville
Ann Bilansky (c. 1820–1860), Fayetteville native hanged for murder
in Saint Paul, Minnesota
Randy Boone, country music singer, actor, The Virginian, Cimarron
Strip, and It's a Man's World, born in Fayetteville
Doug Brochu, actor in Disney Channel's
Sonny with a Chance
Sonny with a Chance and So
David "Bubba" Brooks, jazz tenor saxophonist
Harold Floyd "Tina" Brooks, jazz musician, tenor saxophonist, and
Jonathan Byrd, folk singer-songwriter
John Benton Callis, politician and military officer
Jeff Capel III, college basketball coach and former player
Judy Clay, soul and gospel singer 
J. Cole, rapper and producer
Felisha Cooper, actress
Affion Crockett, actor, comedian, dancer, rapper and writer
Aaron Curry, NFL linebacker for Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks
Christopher Daniels, professional wrestler for Total Nonstop Action
Sandra Diaz-Twine, reality TV contestant, winner of Survivor: Pearl
Islands and Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains
James C. Dobbin, Secretary of the Navy, 1853–1857
Brad Edwards, football player for
Washington Redskins and Super Bowl
Jane Evans Elliot
Jane Evans Elliot (1820-1886), Civil War memoirist
Beth Finch, first female mayor of Fayetteville (1975-1981)
Cortland Finnegan, NFL Pro Bowl cornerback
Raymond Floyd, golfer, Masters and U.S. Open champion, World Golf Hall
of Fame, attended Fayetteville High
United States Navy Hospital Corpsman and veteran of Iraq
Blenda Gay, NFL player
Frank P. Graham, president of University of
North Carolina and U.S.
Moonlight Graham, New York Giants outfielder for two innings on May
25, 1905; represented in novel Shoeless Joe and movie Field of Dreams
Joe Harris, NFL linebacker
Jimmy Herring, guitarist, Widespread Panic, Allman Brothers Band, The
Dead, Aquarium Rescue Unit
Sterling Hitchcock, Major League
Baseball player from 1992-2004
Kristina Holland, actress
Chris Hondros, war photographer and 2004
Pulitzer Prize finalist
Joe Horn, NFL wide receiver
Michael Joiner, basketball player for
Florida State Seminoles
Florida State Seminoles and New
Zealand National Basketball League
Cal Koonce, baseball player
Calvin Lowry, UFL safety for Omaha Nighthawks
Elizabeth MacRae, actress
Eric Maynor, basketball player, drafted 20th overall by
Utah Jazz in
Troy McLawhorn, musician, guitarist for Evanescence
Jason "Mayhem" Miller, professional mixed martial arts fighter
Dave Moody, Grammy-nominated artist, producer, songwriter, filmmaker
Julianne Moore, Oscar-winning actress, born at Fort Bragg
Kathryn Morgan, ballet dancer with New York
City Ballet, born at Fort
Xavier Nixon, offensive tackle for Washington Redskins
Shanaelle Petty, Miss Universe Croatia 2017, graduated from Terry
Sanford High School in 2016
Shea Ralph, assistant coach for
University of Connecticut
University of Connecticut women's
Jimmy Raye, NFL wide receiver
Hiram Rhodes Revels, first African-American senator and member of
Jerry Richardson, owner of NFL's Carolina Panthers, played for
Antwoine Sanders, NFL safety
Terry Sanford, politician and educator
Terrmel Sledge, professional baseball player
Dennis Smith Jr., basketball player for Dallas Mavericks, ninth
overall pick of 2017 NBA Draft
Charles Manly Stedman, congressman and Lieutenant Governor of North
United States senator
Kinnon Tatum, NFL player
Doug Wilkerson, NFL guard for San Diego Chargers
Robert Wilkie, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs
Special Assistant to President for National Security Affairs
Seth Williams, Canadian Football League player
Despite Fayetteville's modest ranking as the 106th largest city in the
US, with a population of about 204,000, Fayetteville has earned
many top awards and recognition as a desirable location, due to its
economic and housing growth as well as its reliance on Fort Bragg.
#1 "Job Market in the Country" for recent college graduates, The Daily
#2 "Highest Per Capita Income Growth in North Carolina", surpassing
Raleigh and Charlotte, the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
#3 "Most Affordable Housing Market in the Nation, Businessweek
#3 "Job Market in the Nation", Manpower, Inc.
#5 "Strongest Housing Market in the US", Bloomberg Businessweek.
#7 "America's Strongest Building Markets", Business Week.
Top 5 for Defense Industry Development in US for 2010, Expansion
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Fenn, Elizabeth A.; Watson, Harry L.; Nathans, Sydney; Clayton, Thomas
H.; Wood, Peter H. (2003). Joe A. Mobley, ed. The Way We Lived in
North Carolina. The University of
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Meyer, Duane (2007). The Highland Scots of North Carolina,
1732–1776. The University of Matthew Burris.
Oates, John (1981). The story of Fayetteville and the upper Cape Fear.
Fayetteville Woman's Club.
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