The North Carolina Visitor Center




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Airborne & Special Operations Museum Foundation | 100 Bragg Blvd.Fayetteville, NC 28301






Some of North Carolina’s greatest treasures can be found off the beaten path. You never know what you might find... an old-time general store, local artisan, or simply a picturesque view that takes your breath away. You’ll be swept away by the untouched natural landscape found on the backroads of this rural county.

In Anson County, you can discover all that and more. Come. Visit. Surround yourself with the beauty of North Carolina’s best kept secret.


Blue Star Museums is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Department of Defense.  More than 2000 museums nation wide participate. 

This is our way to express appreciation to our military for their service and share with them America’s cultural treasures.   If you are a military family or  know of one in the Fuquay-Varina area, please call this to their attention.

We offer tours of a Little Red Caboose, a school house, an old jail, a playhouse, a tobacco barn, and a history museums, with historical artifacts on display.  Our docents enjoy children and cater to their interests.

The Fuquay-Varina Museums welcome Blue Star Families to tour the museums during the WRAL Balloon Festival on Saturday, May 26 between 10:00-4:00. 

Contact: to set up a tour for a family or a group at another time if this day is not good.



The Green Hill Place in Louisburg is associated with the birth of the Methodism in North Carolina. The house was built during the 1760s, and was known to Methodists as a landmark of the North Carolina circuit, the course of travel a pastor would follow in preaching throughout the state. The first Annual Methodist Episcopal Conference took place at Green Hill’s House on April 20, 1785. 

      Colonel Green Hill was a leading figure in the religious, martial, and political spheres of North Carolina life. From 1774 through 1779, Hill represented Bute County in various capacities, serving in the colonial Assembly in 1774 and the Second Provincial Congress in 1775. He also served as a Bute County magistrate beginning in January 1777. 

      Hill was active in the Methodist church, serving as a pastor in his community. It was in this capacity that he served as an Army chaplain in 1781. In 1785, Hill hosted Bishop Francis Asbury and representatives from Virginia, North and South Carolina in the first Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, held at the his house in 1785. Eleven years later Hill moved to Tennesseewhere he died at his home on Liberty Hill, a structure that closely resembles his house in North Carolina. 

      Built in the tradition of plantation style homes, the Green Hill House was renovated in 1988, but retains several features from the original design, such as brick chimneys and a tapered porch. 


The Toe River Arts Council has appointed Nealy Andrews as Executive Director, a position that Denise Cook exemplary has held for 30 years. Nealy is from Hickory, North Carolina with a degree in Arts Education from Appalachian State University at which she is completing a MPA with a concentration in nonprofit management. She has held administrative positions at Artspace in Raleigh, The Turcin Center for the Visual Arts at ASU, and Mayland Community College. Nealy says, “Stepping into this new role with TRAC feels like the perfect marriage of my love for the arts and my passion for growing and enhancing the community that has come to mean so much to me.” “We had a significant number of well-qualified potential candidates for the position,” said Chair of the TRAC Board, Dr. Dan Barron, “however, Nealy was the unanimous choice of the Search Committee, the Board and the TRAC Staff. We are looking forward to working with her to continue building on the strong foundation established by Denise Cook.


Morrow Mountain State Park

Choose an adventure at Morrow Mountain State Park, whether it’s hiking, camping, paddling, fishing, horseback riding, swimming or just taking in scenery on one of the highest points in the piedmont. More than 15 miles of hiking trails and 16 miles of bridle trails thread the park, reaching from the summit of Morrow Mountain to Lake Tillery, where a boathouse offers canoes and rowboats for rent and bait for fishing. Visitors can launch their own craft from a boat ramp. A family campground with 106 sites for tents, trailers and RVs is close by a swimming pool with bathhouse. Group camping, remote backpack camping and rustic vacation cabins give more choices for extended stays.


Morrow Mountain State Park

49104 Morrow Mountain Road
AlbemarleNC 28001



Charlie Poole Festival Postponed


The Charlie Poole Music Festival, originally scheduled for Memorial Day weekend of 2018, has been cancelled for this year due to a lack of funding.  The planned move of the festival to the campus of Rockingham Community College entailed increased expenses. Unfortunately, more time is necessary to enlist additional sponsors than anticipated.  Piedmont Folk Legacies, the presenting organization for the festival, offers its apologies to all of the many Poole fans and faithful festival attendees who had planned to attend for this year, but offers assurances that plans are already underway to present the 2019 event. 

This year marks a special anniversary in the legacy of Charlie Poole, for it was in 1918 that he moved to Rockingham County, North Carolina, to go to work at Spray Cotton Mills.  There, he joined with two other mill workers, Posey Rorer and Norman Woodlieff, to form the North Carolina Ramblers, and musical history was made.  Their recordings for Columbia Records in the summer of 1925 established country music as one of the keystone genres of the recording industry and made possible many of the significant musical careers that followed. 

Numerous tributes to Charlie Poole’s music, just in recent years, have included the Sony box set “You Ain’t Talkin’ to Me: Charlie Poole and the Roots of Country Music” produced by Hank Sapoznik, to Loudon Wainwright III’s Grammy-winning “The Charlie Poole Project” and the just released “Didn’t He Ramble: Songs of Charlie Poole” by David Davis and the Warrior River Boys.  Not to mention the mention given to Poole by Bob Dylan in his 2017 Nobel Prize acceptance speech. 

To stay up to date on ongoing plans for CPMF 2019, fans may check into the website at, or like the event Facebook page: Charlie Poole Festival.  The festival director, Louise Price, may be reached at or 336-623-1043.


Searching for something fun, educational, and enlightening for you and your crew to do?  How about a visit to the Robeson Planetarium?  Here is our schedule of Alive After Five shows!  Beginning May 16th, and running throughout the season (except for June 7th and 14th), we will be open for public programs and groups on Thursday nights.  Times for these programs are 6:30 p.m., first set break, and 9 p.m., with additional show times available upon request for groups of 20 or more. 

Our programs will feature the night sky, along with the week in space exploration.  The schedule will rotate throughout the spring and summer, so you’ll see a different set of programs every week. Tickets are Free. Seating is limited to 25 per showing.  Groups of ten or more are encouraged to make reservations in advance by calling 735-2147

            We are located at the Robeson County Partnership for Children, 210 E. 2nd Street, Lumberton.


May 24, 2018


6:30 pm - 8:30 pm



Robeson County Partnership for Children

210 E. Second St.
Lumberton, NC United States+ Google Map