Lumberton is a city in Robeson County, North Carolina, United States.
The population has grown to 21,542 in the 2010 census from 20,795 in
the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Robeson County, the largest
county in the state. Lumberton, located in southern North
Inner Banks region, is located on the
Lumber River. Founded
in 1787 by John Willis, an officer in the American Revolution,
Lumberton was originally a shipping point for lumber used by the Navy,
which was sent downriver to Georgetown, South Carolina. Most of the
town's growth, however, began shortly after World War II.
5 Notable people
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City of Lumberton was created by an Act of the North Carolina
General Assembly in 1787 and was named the county seat of Robeson
County. Lumberton was incorporated in 1859.
Robeson County is located in the Coastal Plains region of southeastern
North Carolina. The county was created from
Bladen County in 1786 by
American Revolutionary War
American Revolutionary War heroes and residents of the area,
General John Willis and Colonel Thomas Robeson. The county was named
after Colonel Robeson and the land for the county seat was donated by
General Willis, who is also credited with naming the county seat
The area was a frontier destination for both white and numerous free
families of color from Virginia in the late eighteenth and early
nineteenth centuries. Many free blacks were descendants of white men
and African women, whether slave, free or indentured, from the
colonial years when working classes lived and worked near each
other. The County has a high proportion of Lumbee, who have been
recognized as a Native American tribe by the state of North Carolina
but have not been able to receive federal recognition as an Indian
tribe by the US Federal government or the B.I.A.
For four seasons, 1947–50, Lumberton fielded a professional minor
league baseball team in the Tobacco State League. Affiliated with the
Chicago Cubs, the team was known as the Lumberton Cubs in 1947 and
'48, and the Lumberton Auctioneers in 1949 and '50.
Established in 1912, the
Robeson County Health Department is
recognized as the oldest rural health department in the nation. Its
current headquarters is on the outskirts of Lumberton.
Welcome to Downtown Lumberton
In 1970, Lumberton was named an All-American City, presented by the
National Civic League. It became a two-time winner in 1995 of this
award which recognizes those whose citizens work together to identify
and tackle community-wide challenges and achieve uncommon results.
David Lynch's film Blue Velvet (1986) was set in Lumberton, though it
was filmed about 70 miles (110 km) southeast in Wilmington. This
situation raised some problems during filming, so Lynch filmed a small
sequence in Lumberton and was subsequently allowed to use the name.
In 2010, the
North Carolina Legislature designated Lumberton as THE
FIRST Certified Retirement Community in North Carolina. This
certification signals that Lumberton offers an unprecedented quality
of living and range of amenities, services and opportunities which
make it desirable to retirees. This program captured the Governor’s
Innovative Small Business Community Award in 2011.
The Baker Sanatorium, Luther Henry Caldwell House, Carolina Theatre,
Humphrey-Williams Plantation, Lumberton Commercial Historic District,
Robeson County Agricultural Building, Alfred
Rowland House, and US Post Office-Lumberton are listed on the National
Register of Historic Places.
North Lumberton Baptist Church, 1901 Carthage Road
Lumberton is located at 34°37′38″N 79°00′43″W /
34.627239°N 79.011947°W / 34.627239; -79.011947.
According to the United States
Census Bureau, the city has a total
area of 15.8 square miles (40.9 km2), of which
15.7 square miles (40.7 km2) are land and 0.1 square
mile (0.2 km2) (0.44%) is water.
Lumberton is located on the
Lumber River in the state's Coastal Plains
Lumber River State Park, 115 miles (185 km) of
natural and scenic waterway, flows through Lumberton. The river was
designated as a National Wild and Scenic River and is part of the
North Carolina Natural and Scenic River System. The
Lumber River has
been classified as natural, scenic and recreational. Recreation
includes canoeing and boating, fishing, hunting, picnicking, camping,
nature study, swimming, biking, jogging, crafts and fossil and
Lumberton is served by
Interstate 95 and Interstate 74.
Climate data for Lumberton,
North Carolina (1981–2010 normals),[a]
Average high °F (°C)
Average low °F (°C)
Average precipitation inches (mm)
Source: xmACIS2 (Monthly Climate Normals)
U.S. Decennial Census
Location of the Lumberton-Laurinburg CSA and its components:
Lumberton Micropolitan Statistical Area
Laurinburg Micropolitan Statistical Area
Lumberton is the larger principal city of the Lumberton-Laurinburg
Combined Statistical Area
Combined Statistical Area that includes the Lumberton (Robeson
County) and Laurinburg (Scotland County) micropolitan areas,
which had a combined population of 159,337 at the 2000 census.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 21,542 people residing
in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 39.0% White, 36.7%
Black, 12.7% Native American, 2.4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.1%
from some other race and 2.2% from two or more races. 6.7% were
Hispanic or Latino of any race.
As of the census of 2000, there were 20,795 people, 7,827
households and 5,165 families residing in Lumberton. The population
density was 1,322.4 people per square mile (510.8/km2). There were
8,800 housing units at an average density of 559.6 per square mile
(216.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 48.54% White, 35.44%
African American, 12.79% Native American, 0.91% Asian, 0.03% Pacific
Islander, 1.18% from other races and 1.11% from two or more races.
Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 3.30% of the population.
Of the 7,827 households, 32.2% had children under the age of 18 living
with them; 38.8% were married couples living together; 23.0% had a
female householder with no husband present; and 34.0% were
non-families. 29.9% of all households were made up of individuals and
12.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The
average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.01.
Children of high school age (grades 9-12) attend Lumberton High
School, which is run by the Public Schools of Robeson County, as
it is in Robeson County.
The city's population was spread out, with 26.3% under the age of 18;
9.3% from 18 to 24; 28.2% from 25 to 44; 21.3% from 45 to 64; and
14.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years.
For every 100 females there were 89.1 males. For every 100 females age
18 and over, there were 85.8 males.
The median income for a household in Lumberton was $26,782, and the
median income for a family was $33,839. Males had a median income of
$28,903 versus $24,503 for females. The per capita income for the city
was $15,504. About 23.9% of families and 25.9% of the population were
below the poverty line, including 38.4% of those under age 18 and
23.7% of those age 65 or over.
Brad Allen, NFL referee
Brad Edwards (born 1966), defensive back who played for NFL's
Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins, and Atlanta Falcons; director
of athletics at George Mason University; born in Lumberton
Hunter Foster (born 1969), Tony Award-nominated actor; born in
Penny Fuller (born 1940), film, television and Broadway actress; moved
to Lumberton at age 12
Tommy Greene (born 1967), Major League Baseball pitcher, was born in
Carmen Hart, pornographic film actress and erotic dancer, was born in
Dr. Johnny Hunt, elected president of
Southern Baptist Convention
Southern Baptist Convention in
2008, was born in Lumberton
Dennis F. Kinlaw, academic, president of Asbury University; author of
Christian theological works
Vonta Leach (born 1981), fullback for NFL's Baltimore Ravens, was born
Gene Locklear (born 1949), Major League Baseball outfielder, was born
Sean Locklear (born 1981), football offensive tackle, was born in
Dwight Lowry (1957-1997), Major League Baseball player for Detroit
Tigers and Minnesota Twins, was born in Lumberton
Mike McIntyre (born 1956), U.S. Representative of North Carolina's 7th
Congressional District from 1997 to 2015; born and raised in Lumberton
and practiced law in city prior to election to Congress
Afeni Shakur, prominent member of
Black Panther Party
Black Panther Party and mother of
rapper Tupac Shakur, was born in Lumberton
John Small (1946-2012), linebacker with NFL's
Atlanta Falcons and
Detroit Lions; was born in Lumberton
Jamain Stephens (born 1974), NFL offensive tackle for Pittsburgh
Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals; was born in Lumberton
Donnell Thompson (born 1958), NFL defensive end, was born in Lumberton
Tim Worley (born 1966), running back for
Georgia Bulldogs and NFL's
Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears, was born in Lumberton
^ Mean monthly maxima and minima (i.e. the expected highest and lowest
temperature readings at any point during the year or given month)
calculated based on data at said location from 1981 to 2010.
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National Park Service
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System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park
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Actions Taken on Properties: 4/16/12 through 4/20/12. National Park
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^ "Contact Us / School Contact Numbers".
Official website of Lumberton, NC
Lumberton Area Chamber of Commerce
Lumberton Visitors Bureau
Online News for Lumberton (www.lumbertontimes.com)
Municipalities and communities of Robeson County, North Carolina,
County seat: Lumberton
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