Fayetteville, North Carolina
|Fayetteville, North Carolina|
|City of Fayetteville|
Downtown Fayetteville, North Carolina in December 2010.
|Nickname(s): All-America City|
|Motto: "Live. Thrive. Prosper."|
|• Mayor||Nat Robertson (R)|
|• City Manager||Ted Voorhees|
|• City||149.526 sq mi (240.6 km2)|
|• Land||147.326 sq mi (237.1 km2)|
|• Water||1.2 sq mi (3.1 km2)|
|Elevation||263 ft (80 m)|
|Population (2012 Census Estimate)|
|• Density||1,396.3/sq mi (795.1/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|ZIP code||28301, 28302, 28303, 28304, 28305, 28306, 28307 (Fort Bragg), 28308 (Pope AAF), 28309, 28310 (Fort Bragg), 28311, 28312, 28314|
|GNIS feature ID||1020226|
Fayetteville 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 prestigious All-America City Award from the National Civic League three times. According to the 2011 United States Census estimate, the city has a population of 205,678. It currently ranks as the sixth-largest municipality in North Carolina. Fayetteville is in the Sandhills in the western part of the Coastal Plain region, on the Cape Fear River.
With an estimated population of 374,157, 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 current mayor is Nat Robertson, who is serving his first term.
- 1 History
- 2 Sanctuary community for military families
- 3 Accolades
- 4 Fort Bragg / Pope Army Airfield
- 5 Geography
- 6 Topography
- 7 Climate
- 8 Business and economy
- 9 Education
- 10 Demographics
- 11 Transportation
- 12 Notable people
- 13 Radio stations
- 14 Points of interest
- 15 Clubs and organizations
- 16 Sports
- 17 Religion
- 18 Sister city
- 19 References
- 20 Sources
- 21 External links
The area of present-day Fayetteville was historically inhabited by various Siouan Native American peoples, such as the Eno, Shakori, Waccamaw, Keyauwee, and Cape Fear Indians. They followed successive cultures of other indigenous peoples in the area for more than 12,000 years.
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 state. Two inland settlements, Cross Creek and Campbellton, were established by Scots from Campbellton, Argyll and Bute, Scotland.
Merchants in Wilmington wanted a town on the Cape Fear River to secure trade with the frontier country. They were afraid people would use the 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.
After the American Revolutionary War, the two towns were united and renamed to honor General La Fayette, a French military hero who significantly aided the American Army during the war. Fayetteville was the first city to be named in his honor in the United States. Lafayette visited the city March 4 and 5, 1825 during his grand tour of the United States.
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.
"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 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 Metropolitan 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 town.
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
In March 1865, Gen. William T. Sherman and his 60,000-man army attacked Fayetteville and destroyed the Confederate arsenal. 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. Despite their constitutional rights, blacks were disfranchised under a new state constitution, a condition that persisted for more than sixty years, until federal civil rights legislation of the mid-1960s.
20th century to the present
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. Civil rights marches and sit-ins, 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. Politics changed. Blacks and women gained office in significant numbers, from the late 1960s and on into the early '80s.
The 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 and activist Jane Fonda to Fayetteville to participate in three anti-war events. At this time, Fayetteville made headlines after Army doctor 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 2005, Congress passed the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Act, resulting in several new commands relocating to Fort Bragg. These include the U.S. Army Forces Command and U.S. Army Reserve Command, both of which relocated from Fort McPherson in Atlanta. More than 30,000 people are expected to relocate to the area with associated businesses and families. FORSCOM awards over $300 billion in contracts annually.
Recently, Where To Retire magazine named Fayetteville as one of the best places to retire in the US.
Sanctuary community for military families
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".
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 it economic and housing growth as well as its reliance on Fort Bragg.
- #1 "Job Market in the Country" for recent college graduates, The Daily Beast.
- #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 Magazine
- #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 Solutions Magazine.
- #14 "Top 25 Most Uniquely American Cities and Towns", Newsmax magazine (2009)
- #18 "Best Performing City in America", the Milken Institute.
Other honors include:
- 3-Time Winner of the National Civics League "All-American City" award in 2011
- America's First Soldier Sanctuary 
Fort Bragg / Pope Army Airfield
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.
Missions at Pope AFB range from providing airlift and close air support to American armed forces, to humanitarian missions flown all over the world. Pope AFB 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. However, the main entity at Pope at that time will be the Air Force Reserves. Although they still will have a small amount of active counterpart to get the job done.
In September 2008, Fayetteville annexed 85% of Ft. Bragg, bringing the official population of the city to 206,000. Ft. Bragg still has its own police, fire, and EMS services. Fayetteville hopes to attract large retail businesses to the area using the new population figures.
Fayetteville is at 35°04'00" North, 78°55'03" West (35.066663, -78.917579).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 60.0 square miles (155 km2), of which 58.8 square miles (152 km2) is land and 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2) is water. The total area is 1.98% water.
Fayetteville is in the Sandhills of North Carolina which are between the coastal plains and Piedmont of North Carolina. The city is built on the Cape Fear River, a 202 mile long river that originates in Haywood and empties into the Atlantic Ocean. Carver's Falls, the largest waterfall (measuring at 150 feet wide and 2 stories tall) between the coast and foot hills is also in Fayetteville.
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 January 21, 1985 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 also got hit.
|Climate data for Fayetteville, North Carolina (1981–2010 normals)|
|Record high °F (°C)||81
|Average high °F (°C)||52.7
|Daily mean °F (°C)||41.6
|Average low °F (°C)||30.5
|Record low °F (°C)||−1
|Precipitation inches (mm)||3.64
|Snowfall inches (cm)||0.4
|Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in)||10.8||9.2||9.5||8.0||8.9||9.8||11.6||10.8||8.2||7.4||7.3||9.8||111.3|
|Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.1 in)||0.1||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.1||0.3|
Business and economy
Fort Bragg is the backbone of the county's economy. Fort Bragg and Pope Army Airfield pumps 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 trained professionals.
According to Fayetteville 2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:
|#||Employer||# of Employees|
|1||Department of Defense (Fort Bragg)||15,500+|
|2||Cumberland County Public School System||6,000+|
|3||Cape Fear Valley Health System||5,000+|
|5||Good Year Tire Manufacturing and Plant||2,000+|
|7||City of Fayetteville||1,000+|
The Fayetteville area has a large and growing Defense Industry and was ranked in the Top 5 Defense Industry Development areas in US for 2010. Eight of the ten top American defense contractors are located in the area, including Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics, and L3 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.
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 schools. Cumberland County Schools is the 4th-largest school system in the state and 78th-largest in the country.
Elementary schools (grades K–5)
|Alderman Road||Armstrong||Bill Hefner|
|Brentwood||C. Wayne Collier||Cliffdale|
|College Lakes||Cumberland Mills||Cumberland Road|
|District 7||E. Melvin Honeycutt||E. E. Miller|
|Eastover Central||Ed V. Baldwin||Elizabeth M. Cashwell|
|Ferguson Easley||Gallberry Farm||Gray's Creek|
|Hillsboro Street||Howard Hall|
|J. W. Coon||Lake Rim||Lillian Black|
|Long Hill||Loyd Auman||Lucile Souders|
|Manchester||Margaret Willis||Mary McArthur|
|Montclair||Morganton Road||Pauline Jones|
|Seabrook||Sherwood Park||Stoney Point|
|Sunnyside||Teresa Berrien||W.T. Brown|
|Warrenwood||Westarea||William H. Owen|
- Alderman Road ES (Pre K - 5)
- Alma Easom Primary (K - 1)
- Armstrong ES (Pre K - 5)
- Ashley ES (3 - 5)
- Beaver Dam ES (Pre K - 5)
- Benjamin J. Martin (Pre K - 5)
- Brentwood ES (Pre K - 5)
- Bill Hefner ES (K - 5)
- Cliffdale ES (Pre K - 5)
- College Lakes ES (Pre K - 5)
- Cumberland Mills ES (Pre K - 5)
- Cumberland Road ES (Montessori: Pre K - 5)
- Eastover Central ES School of Arts (Pre K - 5)
- E.E. Miller ES (K - 5)
- Elizabeth Cashwell ES (Pre K - 5)
- Ferguson-Easley ES School of Math and Science (Pre K - 5)
- Glendale Acres ES School of Communications w/ Foreign Language (K - 2)
- E. Melvin Honeycutt ES (Pre K - 5)
- Howard Hall ES School of Classical Studies (Pre K - 5)
- J.W. Coon ES (Pre K - 5)
- J.W. Seabrook ES School of Classical Studies (Pre K - 5)
- Lake Rim ES (Pre K - 5)
- Long Hill ES (2 - 5)
- Loyd Auman ES (Pre K - 5)
- Lucile Souders ES School of Math and Science (Pre K - 5)
- Margaret Willis ES (Pre K - 5)
- Mary McArthur ES School of Arts (Pre K - 5)
- Montclair ES (Pre K - 5)
- Morganton Road ES (K - 5)
- New Century International (Pre K - 5)
- Ponderosa ES School of Mathematics (Pre K - 5)
- Sherwood Park ES School of Technology (Pre K - 5)
- Stedman Primary ES (K - 1)
- Stedman ES (2 - 5)
- Stoney Point ES (K - 5)
- Sunnyside ES (Pre K - 5)
- Teresa C. Berrien ES School of Technology (K - 5)
- Vanstory Hills ES School of Communications w/ Foreign Language (2 - 5)
- Warrenwood ES School of Math and Science (Pre K - 5)
- Westarea ES (Pre K - 5)
- William H. Owen ES Language Immersion School (Pre K - 5)
- Walker-Spivey ES School of Math and Natural Science (K - 5)
- Anne Chesnutt Year-Round MS (6 - 8)
- Douglas Byrd MS (7 - 8)
- Ireland Drive MS (6)
- John Griffin (6 - 8)
- Lewis Chapel MS School of Cultural & Performing Arts (6 - 8)
- Luther "Nick" Jeralds MS School of Math & Science (6 - 8)
- Mac Williams MS (6 - 8)
- Max Abbott MS School of Global Communications (6 - 8)
- New Century International MS (6 - 8)
- Pauline Jones MS (5 - 8)
- Pine Forest MS (6 - 8)
- Reid Ross Classical MS/HS (6 - 12)
- Seventy-First Classical MS School of Classical Studies (6 - 8)
- Westover MS (6 - 8)
High schools (grades 9–12)
- Cape Fear HS - School of Agricultural & Natural Sciences Academy (9 - 12)
- Douglas Byrd HS - Finance Academy & Ford Partnerships for Advanced Studies (9 - 12)
- Ezekiel Ezra "E.E." Smith HS - Academies of Math & Science and Fire Science (9 - 12)
- Jack Britt HS - Academy of Integrated Systems of Technology and Applied Engineering (9 - 12)
- Pine Forest HS - Academies of Emergency Medical Science and Information Technology (9 - 12)
- Seventy-First HS - School of Arts (9 - 12)
- Terry Sanford HS - Global Studies Academy (9 - 12)
- Westover HS - Academies of Health and Engineering (9 - 12)
- Cross Creek Early College Accelerated Learning & College Credit HS (9 - 12)
- Cumberland International Early College HS CCS Choice Program (9 - 12)
- Massey Hill Classical High School (9 - 12)
- Reid Ross Classical MS/HS (6 - 12)
- Fuller Performance Learning Center HS (9 - 12)
- Ramsey Street HS (9 - 12)
|This section requires expansion. (June 2007)|
- Fayetteville Academy
- St. Ann Catholic School
- St. Patrick Catholic School
- Northwood Temple Academy
- Fayetteville Christian School
- Village Christian Academy
- Berean Baptist Academy
- Cumberland Christian Academy
- Liberty Christian Academy
- Breezewood Christian Academy
- Cornerstone Christian Academy
- Freedom Christian Academy
- First Impressions Academy 
- Flaming Sword Christian Academy 
Colleges and universities
- Fayetteville State University
- Methodist University
- Fayetteville Technical Community College
- Grace College of Divinity
- Carolina Bible College
- Shaw University Satellite Campus
As of the census of 2014, there were 209,505. people, 48,414 households, and 31,662 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,375.2 people per square mile (795.0/km²). There were 53,565 housing units at an average density of 351.9 persons/km² (911.5 persons/sq mi). The racial composition of the city was: 49.76% Black or African American, 42.74% White, 5.67% Hispanic or Latino American, 2.19% Asian American, 1.1% Native American, 0.22% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, 2.53% some other race, and 2.78% two or more races.
There were 48,414 households out of which 31.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.7% were married couples living together, 17.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.6% were non-families. 28.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.96.
In the city the population was spread out with 25.4% under the age of 18, 12.7% from 18 to 24, 31.2% from 25 to 44, 19.7% from 45 to 64, and 11.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 91.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.7 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $36,287, and the median income for a family was $41,210. Males had a median income of $30,493 versus $23,477 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,141. 14.8% of the population and 11.7% of families were below the poverty line. 21.4% of those under the age of 18 and 14.4% 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 surrounding neighborhoods.
The 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 operator.
- Rogers Aircraft provides aircraft repairs and maintenance.
The 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 located at 147 Old Wilmington Road in the city of 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.
- Joey Arias – singer and performance artist
- Chris Armstrong – ex-Canadian Football League player
- Garry Battle – professional arena football player.
- Charlie Baggett – NFL assistant coach
- Chip Beck – professional PGA Golfer
- Ann Bilansky (c. 1820–1860) – Fayetteville native hanged for murder in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
- Bunkie Blackburn – NASCAR driver
- Randy Boone – Country music singer; former actor: The Virginian, Cimarron Strip, and It's a Man's World, was born and resided in Fayetteville until August 2012.
- Doug Brochu – actor in Disney Channel's Sonny With A Chance and So Random
- David "Bubba" Brooks – jazz tenor saxophonist
- Harold Floyd "Tina" Brooks – jazz musician, tenor saxophonist, and composer
- Jonathan Byrd – folk singer-songwriter
- John Benton Callis – American politician and military officer
- Jeff Capel III – former University of Oklahoma men's basketball head coach and former basketball star at Duke University and South View High school.
- J. Cole – rapper and producer
- Affion Crockett – actor, comedian, dancer, rapper and writer
- Aaron Curry – NFL linebacker for the Oakland Raiders, formerly of the Seattle Seahawks
- Christopher Daniels – professional wrestler for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
- Sandra Diaz-Twine – reality television contestant and winner of Survivor: Pearl Islands and Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains
- James C. Dobbin – Secretary of the United States Navy, 1853–1857
- Ryan Dunson - Singer of Rookie of the Year
- Brad Edwards – former Washington Redskins Player, and Super Bowl winner
- Beth Finch - first female Mayor of Fayetteville (1975-1981).
- Cortland Finnegan – NFL Pro Bowl cornerback
- Raymond Floyd – professional PGA Golfer
- Luis Fonseca - United States Navy Hospital Corpsman and veteran of the Iraq War
- Blenda Gay – former NFL player
- Frank P. Graham – president of the University of North Carolina and U.S. Senator
- Moonlight Graham – New York Giants outfielder for two innings on May 25, 1905; represented in the novel Shoeless Joe and the movie Field of Dreams
- Joe Harris – Former NFL Linebacker
- Jimmy Herring - guitarist, Widespread Panic, Allman Brothers Band, The Dead, Aquarium Rescue Unit
- Sterling Hitchcock – former MLB player from 1992-2004.
- Chris Hondros – war photographer and 2004 Pulitzer Prize finalist.
- Joe Horn – National Football League wide receiver
- Michael Joiner – basketball player for Florida State Seminoles and New Zealand National Basketball League
- Calvin Lowry – UFL safety for Omaha Nighthawks
- Eric Maynor – drafted 20th overall by the Utah Jazz in the 2009 NBA Draft
- Jason "Mayhem" Miller – professional mixed martial arts fighter
- Dave Moody – Grammy nominated artist, producer, songwriter, filmmaker
- Julianne Moore – Oscar nominated Actress
- Troy McLawhorn – Musician, Guitarist for Evanescence
- Xavier Nixon - Offensive Tackle for the Washington Redskins
- Jimmy Raye – former NFL wide receiver
- Hiram Rhodes Revels – first African-American Senator and Member of Congress
- Jerry Richardson – Owner of the Carolina Panthers, played for the Baltimore Colts
- Antwoine Sanders - former NFL safety
- Jeffrey Allen Sinclair - U.S. brigadier general who in 2014 pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct while stationed in Afghanistan
- Charles Manly Stedman – U.S. Representative and Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina
- James Terry Sanford - United States politician and educator
- Robert Strange – United States Senator
- Doug Wilkerson – former NFL guard for the San Diego Chargers
- Robert Wilkie – former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs and Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs
- 88.3 FM WUAW Various Genres
- 88.7 FM WRAE Religious Music
- 89.3 FM WZRI Christian Contemporary Music
- 91.9 FM WFSS Public Radio
- 95.7 FM WKML Country
- 96.5 FM WFLB Classic Hits
- 98.1 FM WQSM Top 40
- 99.1 FM WZFX Mainstream Urban (Hip Hop and R&B)
- 102.3 FM WFVL Oldies
- 103.5 FM WRCQ Rock
- 104.5 FM WCCG Urban Contemporary (R&B Hits)
- 105.7 FM WGQR Gospel Music
- 106.9 FM WMGU Urban Adult Contemporary (Adult's R&B)
- 107.3 FM WCLN Contemporary Christian
- 107.7 FM WUKS Urban Adult Contemporary (Smooth R&B)
- 640 AM WFNC News/talk
- 1230 AM WFAY Sports
- 1450 AM WFBX Spanish
- 1490 AM WAZZ Standards
- 1600 AM WIDU Black Gospel/Talk
- 1690 AM WAXX Big J's Top Hits
Points of interest
- Cameo Art House Theatre
- North Carolina Veterans Park
- Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County
- Cape Fear Botanical Garden
- Fort Bragg
- Cape Fear River Trail
- Fayetteville Museum of Art
- Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum
- Evans Metropolitan AME Zion Church
- Hay Street United Methodist Church
- Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex
- Airborne & Special Operations Museum
- Cool Spring Tavern
- Myrtle Hill Plantation
- Liberty Point
- College Lakes Park
- Cross Creek Linear Park
- Fascinate-U Children's Museum
- Jordan Soccer Complex
- Cross Creek Mall
- Cape Fear Regional Theater
- Heritage Square
- The First Golden Corral
- Cumberland County Crown Coliseum
- Freedom Memorial Park
- St. Patrick Catholic Church
- Bordeaux Tower
- Tallywood Tower
Clubs and organizations
|This section requires expansion. (August 2008)|
|Fayetteville FireAntz||SPHL, Ice hockey||Cumberland County Crown Coliseum||2002||1|
|Rogue Rollergirls||Fayetteville's Premier Flat Track Roller Derby League||Cumberland County Crown Coliseum||2006|
|Cape Fear Heroes||AIFA, Indoor football||Cumberland County Crown Coliseum||2011||1|
|Fayetteville Swampdogs||Coastal Plain League, Collegiate Baseball||J.P. Riddle Stadium||2001||1|
Founded in Wade in 1758, 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 public. Bluff Presbyterian Church maintains a detailed history at their website.
Since then, hundreds of houses of worship have been established in and around Cumberland County, including Catholic, Baptist, Pentecostal, Methodist and 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.
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