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From the mountains to the coast and all points in between

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Welcome to Anson County!

Come discover the splendor of rural North Carolina. Get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and relax a little. Cruise the countryside and enjoy the beauty of nature. Drop a line in a fishin’ hole and relax with a summer breeze coming off the water. Hop on a bicycle and cycle some of the most scenic cycling trails in North Carolina; they will take your breath away. Bring a camera with a long lens and go on a wildlife photo safari in a wildlife refuge with an abundance of butterflies, birds, deer, wild turkeys and other species native to North Carolina.

Few master the game of golf, the rest of us have fun trying. So if you would like to get out and pound that little white ball while in Anson County, try your skill at the par-72 Twin Valley Country Club public course. This course was designed by two legendary course designers. The front- nine were designed by Donald Ross while the back-nine were designed by Gary Player. Come play a round or two and compare the two different design philosophies.

For the lover of nature and natural habitat, no trip to Anson County would be complete without an exploration of the Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge. There is in excess of 8,000 acres of natural habitat for nearly all things wild in North Carolina. The refuge supports an abundance of nesting neotropical migratory birds, bobwhite quail, wild turkey and white-tail deer.

Get back to the way food was supposed to taste by visiting one or two of our roadside produce stands that dot the highways. You’ll know it is fresh because you got it right from the grower. Or gorge yourself on fresh homemade peach ice cream at Pee Dee Orchards or Peaches ‘n Cream which bracket Wadesboro on the east and west along Highway 74.

If you have an interest in fishing, Anson County affords the avid fisherman with some of the best fishing in the Carolinas. Flathead and blue channel catfish, largemouth bass, bream and crappie are in abundance on Blewett Falls Lake. Saltwater American and hickory shad, saltwater striped bass and mullet are found in the Pee Dee River just below Blewett Falls Dam. (The saltwater fish swim up the Pee Dee River in the spring to spawn.)

Some of North Carolina’s greatest treasures can be found off the beaten path. Listen to the crickets chirp on a warm summer evening. Watch a bald eagle soar across the morning sky. Take a lazy canoe trip down the great Pee Dee River. In Anson County, you can find all that ... and more. Come. Visit. Surround yourself with the beauty of North Carolina’s best kept secret.

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NC Spotlight:
The Blue Sky Boys


Brothers Earl and Bill Bolick of the Blue Sky Boys were two of the most popular duet singers in country music in the 1930s. During this time, the brothers made nearly 100 recordings, and their music would influence such groups as the Everly Brothers and the Louvin Brothers. Ranking among the greatest brother duets in country music, the Blue Sky Boys left a vast repertoire of recordings and radio performances that continue to fuel country and folk musicians' canon of songs and styles.

Bill (1917-2008) and Earl (1919-1998) Bolick were born and raised in Hickory, North Carolina, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. They learned how to harmonize singing hymns at home with their family. A neighbor taught Bill how to play guitar, and he in turn helped Earl get started. Bill learned how to play mandolin, and the two started working up songs together with guitar, mandolin, and harmony singing.

The brothers started performing on a radio spot in Asheville in 1935, first with the Crazy Hickory Nuts, then as the JFG Coffee Boys with Homer Sherrill, the fiddler from the Hickory Nuts. Eventually the group went to Atlanta, and while there, the Bolicks auditioned for RCA Records as a duet. They named themselves the Blue Sky Boys, after their home in Western North Carolina, and made their first records in 1936. The recordings sold well, and their career quickly took off.

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Listen to The Blue Sky Boys play Are You From Dixie? on Youtube:

Festival parade on Thursday, September 18th!

The Parade is on Main Street in downtown Raeford on Thursday, September 18, 2014, beginning at 5:30 pm.

The Stuffin' and Stompin' turkey dinner is at West Hoke Middle School in Raeford on Friday, September 19, 2014, from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm.

Big Day in the Park in downtown Raeford on Saturday, September 20, 2014, beginning at 9:00 am.



Herring Farms is located in the East Howellsville (Littlefield area) of Lumberton, N.C., approximately 5 miles outside of the city limits.  The farm land has been in my husband, Roy Herring’s family approximately 100+ years.  My father-in-law, Memory Herring, along with his father, Louis, began the farming operation.  Upon his father’s passing, Memory continued with the farm, along with his wife Agnes, and their 5 children.  There were approximately 75 acres of farm land at this time.  After high school, Roy received a football scholarship to Western Carolina.  He made a decision to leave college after one year to join his father in the farming business full time, since this was and still is his real passion.  He has always been known for growing excellent crops, especially watermelon and cantaloupe, giving most away.  For several years, I kept insisting that we could “SELL this stuff”.  About 13 years ago, Roy began planting a peach orchard, and I began wondering why.  When I retired, Roy finally said, “Are you ready to try this produce thing”?  Hence, began our ventures with the produce stand, and it has been phenomenal!       

We are a family operated farm that includes all of us being part of a “ hands on “operation. Our daughter Brooke  completed college, left a corporate job, and joined us 3 yrs ago full time.  All things sold are grown on our farm, and picked daily to ensure the freshest, highest quality products for your enjoyment.      

Herring Farms today consists of nearly 2,000 acres with a roadside stand known as Geraldine's Peaches & Produce Roadside Market. About 25 acres are devoted to our peach orchard, & produce, which includes 3,200 peach and nectarine trees with 28 varieties that begin ripening in mid-June and go through mid- August. In addition, we grow muscadine grapes, blackberries, raspberries, oriental Persimmon, figs, watermelon, cantaloupe, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, potatoes, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, turnips, collards, rutabagas, eggplant, peppers, peanuts, sweet potatoes, and pumpkins, all to sell at the produce stand.

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The Tories had driven the Whigs from their homes and even out of the county. They ravaged the county in every direction, insulting and plundering the most respectable families, burning private dwellings and destroying a great amount of valuable property.

It was only a little band of patriots that struck the blow of liberty at Elizabethtown. The scantly clothed and half perished patriots set out on their march toward Elizabethtown, under a hot sun on August 28, 1781. The next day they arrived on the east bank of the Cape Fear River. They had not eaten anything except berries and had only stopped to catch a few hours of sleep while their horses grazed.

Colonel Thomas Robeson, the commander, knew that everything depended upon the success of this battle. He was unwilling to risk his seventy men against four hundred Tory enemies until he found out the exact situation in the opposing camp.

As in many great events in history, a woman was to play an important part in the Battle of Elizabethtown. Sallie Salter, of one of the most influential families in the Cape Fear section of Bladen County, volunteered to enter the Tory Camp as a spy. Fetching a basket of eggs, she walked down to the ferry and called to the sentry on the other side to row her over. After some delay, he complied with her request and she entered the camp and sold her eggs - all the while collecting as much information as possible. It never entered the minds of the Tories that she was a spy. Returning safely with the needed information, Colonel Robeson could now begin planning the battle. The smallest details were reviewed over and over, until each man knew what part he was to perform.

Around midnight, the Whigs marched to a point about one mile below the Tories, where they all forded the river successfully.

Colonel Robeson formed his troops and led them into battle. Advancing rapidly and keeping up a well directed fire they were soon in the midst of the enemy. Colonel Robeson and six of his Whig officers took a central position. The main body of men rushed to a point at a distance on his right - fired and reloaded with almost inconceivable rapidity and then rushed to a point on his left and repeated the procedure. They repeated this procedure many times, until the Tories were convinced they were being attacked by a thousand men or more.

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p.m.terrell’s 18th book will be released on September 15. Entitled The White Devil of Dublin, it is the sequel to The Tempest Murders, which placed as one of only four finalists in the 2013 USA Best Book Awards and is a 2014 International Book Awards nominee.

The White Devil of Dublin may conjure up images of Ireland but the action takes place in present-day Lumberton, North Carolina. Irish Detective Ryan O’Clery receives a call from a renowned historian who claims to have uncovered information about Ryan’s family. When he arrives for their meeting, he finds the woman has been murdered. As bodies pile up, he unravels the mystery, uncovering evidence that had lain hidden for more than eight hundred years, taking him to the Viking occupation of Dublin, Ireland on the cusp of the Norman invasion. It will reveal a shocking secret that shakes his family to its core, and brings him face to face with an albino killer intent on settling the score.

The book contains scenes set in and around Lumberton. Detective O’Clery lives in the picturesque Tanglewood neighborhood, works at the nearby Lumberton Police Department, and travels around the city during his investigation. A related murder also occurs at the nearby Fayetteville Regional Airport and Ryan comes face to face with his archenemy Diallo Delport in a junkyard as the sun sets, leaving them in darkness. The climactic scene takes place atop the patriotic themed Lumberton Water Tower, a landmark visible around the city and from Interstate 95 that proclaims Lumberton’s status as an All-America City.

Author p.m.terrell moved to Lumberton ten years ago from Washington, DC. She found the area to be rich in inspiration and an area supportive of creative arts. The Ryan O’Clery Suspense Series is her second series set in Lumberton. The first, another award-winning series, Black Swamp Mysteries, features CIA operatives trying to blend in while working international cases.

“One series allows me to devise plots with an international theme,” terrell says, “while the other focuses on domestic crime.”

To find out more about author p.m.terrell and her books set in Lumberton, visit her website at Her books are available in all book stores internationally as well as online, both in paperback and in eBook formats.


The Small Business Center at Robeson Community College will be participating in a Business Development Seminar for women owned small business and economically disadvantaged women-owned small business on September 26 at UNCP’s Regional Center at 115 Livermore Drive in Pembroke.  Participating partners in this seminar include Senator Richard Burr’s office, the Small Business Technology Development Centers at UNCP and Fayetteville State University, The Women’s Center of NC, Lumbee Guaranty Bank, the SBA and the NC Military Business Center. 

The educational seminars are designed to help businesses understand the SBA’s Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) program and how businesses can compete for government contracts and grow their business. The WOSB contracting program allows federal agencies to offer WOSB set aside contracts to women business owners.

Any and all businesses, regardless of their designation, are encouraged to participate. The seminar is free to attend, but registration is required.

Contact Alexandra Denman at 910-672-1727 for more information or to register. 

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We have a peach orchard with 3,200 trees and 28 varieties which begin ripening in mid June, continuing into September. We grow all fruits and veggies that you buy at the market : picking, cleaning, displaying daily for you. Doesn't get much fresher than that.

We begin our season with broccoli, cauliflower, turnips, sweet peas, onions, cabbage, lettuce, garden peas, radishes, beets and fresh potatoes. As the season continues, we will offer more and more varieties of fruits and vegetables, including beets, string beans, squash, sweet corn, blackberries, peaches, nectarines, watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, cucumber, tomatoes, and numerous others. Please call if you are looking for something special--we probably have it !!

Geraldine's Peaches and Produce Roadside Market

Geraldine Herring
10728 Hwy 41 N 
Lumberton, NC 28358 
Phone: 910-739-8686




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.


Owned and operated by the original Coleman family... serving excellent seafood, in the true Calabash style, since 1940!

1125 River Rd

CalabashNC 28467



Fabio's Restaurant in Downtown Newland... celebrating more than 7 years in business!

Cuisine that is always "exciting and new" from the former executive chef of the Love Boat!

Wonderful Wine Tastings at Fabio's!

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106 Pineola St Newland, NC.


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