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Love Valley, NC

At the NC Visitor Center, we love telling folks about all of the unique features of our great state.  From the historical and cultural sites, the Lost Colony, Sir Walter Raleigh, Flora MacDonald, Daniel Boone, Blackbeard, Revolutionary War Battlefields, Civil War Battle Fields,  the Wright Brothers, the Outer Banks, Pisgah National Forest, Cherokee, the gold mines, the emerald and ruby mines, the Uwharries,  the Home of Golf, the highest elevation town east of the Mississippi,   NASCAR, the music the food, etc, etc., etc,  - from the mountains to the coast and all points between!  There is so much to cover that it can be overwhelming!  

It is hard not to bombard folks with tons of information in answering even the simplest question.  However, the answer to one frequently asked question is very simple  "What is the most unique town in North Carolina?"  The answer is: Love Valley

According to Wikipedia, the population is about 30 people. 

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The Battle of Averasboro

In March 1865, the Battle of Averasboro (also called Averysborough, Smith's Mill and Black River) was the first deliberate, tactical resistance to the infamous march of Federal forces through Georgia and the Carolinas. The battle was fought on the plantation lands of the John Smith family four miles south of the Cape Fear River town of Averasboro.

Today the cannons are silent. The battle-scarred plantation lands are quiet. But the memory remains of those both military and civilian who suffered and died during the Battle of Averasboro. Their valor and sacrifice deserves to be perpetually honored.

The Battle of Averasboro began during the afternoon of March 15, 1865. Soldiers under the command of Colonel Alfred Rhett were deployed as the first of three defensive lines. Forward of the first line were skirmishers positioned to engage the advancing Union cavalry commanded by Brigadier General Judson Kilpatrick, which was in the forefront of General Sherman's left wing of 30,000 officers and men. Kilpatrick's 9th Michigan Regiment drove the Confederate skirmishers back toward the defensive line but were halted by additional Confederates reinforcing from the Confederate defensive positions. Sharp exchanges occurred and the situation stabilized by nightfall.

At 6:00 am on the morning of March 16, a buildup of 20th Corps Union brigades on line began with over 12,000 troops to be committed against the approximately 2800 Confederates on the first and second defensive lines. Heavy fighting occurred during the morning, highlighted by simultaneous fronted and flanking assaults against the Confederate right by two Union brigades. This and a preceeding artillery preparation resulted in the loss of over 220 Confederates--either killed, wounded, or captured--and the forced withdrawal from the first and second Confederate defensive lines. As the Confederates withdrew under pressure to their prepared and partially occupied third line, General Sherman committed elements of the 14th Corps abreast of the 20th Corps. Brigades of the 14th Corps attempted to again flank the Confederate right but were decisively stopped with significant casualties by Confederate General Joe Wheeler's dismounted cavalry. Sporadic Union attacks continued without success along the third line until nightfall.

General Sherman anticipated a major assault against the Confederate third defensive line at dawn on March 17th. The defending Confederate General William Hardee, having succeeded in his mission of delaying and disrupting the advance of General Sherman's left wing, withdrew his troops under cover of darkness the night of March 16th and conducted a forced march to the vicinity of Bentonville. There these Confederate veterans of the Battle of Averasboro would join General Johnston and his army to surprise the Union 14th and 20th Corps and begin the Battle of Bentonville on March 19, 1865.

Casualties for the fighting at Averasboro were high for both armies. Killed and wounded were approximately 650 Union and 800 Confederate casualties. Approximate numbers of troops committed were Union 25,000 and Confederate 8,000.

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Givens Performing Arts Center Announces 2014/15 schedule:

Broadway & More Series

The National Acrobats of China - Oct 13

Jekyll & Hyde, the musical - Oct 20

American Big Band: Home for the Holidays - Nov 21

Million Dollar Quartet - Jan 15

NC Symphony - March 21

Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy: Visions from Cape Breton - March 24

The Great Gatsby - April 25


Bonus Events

Michael Ian Black, comedian – Oct 24

Mamma Mia! - Nov 13


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John Chavis

John Chavis, born around 1763 in Virginia, was a prominent free black preacher and educator in and around the Raleigh area from 1810 onwards. Chavis was raised in Virginia and had an extensive education for the time period, likely the best education of any African American of his day in North Carolina. He is best known for his classical teaching in Raleigh, educating children of all races and from all different backgrounds. In 1832 free blacks lost many of their rights in North Carolina, and Chavis lost his freedom to preach and to teach. He died in 1838, having lived and worked as a respected member of society amongst all races of people. Chavis is considered by many historians to be the first free black to demonstrate to white slaveowners the abilities of blacks in formal education.

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NC Spotlight:
Kyle Creed


"I don't believe in building nothing I'd be ashamed to own," Kyle Creed said in a 1970s interview. "I like them to stay with me." Creed was a carpenter by trade, and an excellent old-time banjo player and fiddler. He combined his passions for woodworking and music and built some of the most highly prized banjos in the northwest North Carolina-southwest Virginia region. As he had planned, the banjos lasted. In 2009, banjo player and maker Kevin Fore organized a gathering to which dozens of banjo players brought their Creed banjos.

Kyle Creed grew up in the Beulah community, in a family full of musicians, including his brother, father, uncle, and grandfather. His father played a lot of fiddle, and John Lowe and Baughey Cockerham influenced his banjo playing. In the process of becoming a musician himself, he made his own first banjo and fiddle.

Creed had a very distinctive clawhammer banjo style, playing over the neck with his right hand and taking a minimalist approach to melody. He was particularly influential on a generation of young musicians who became interested in old-time music in the 1960s and ‘70s. He encouraged the preservation of regional music traditions, welcoming musicians to his home, attending the regional festivals and conventions, and recording his music.

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Welcome To The 22nd Annual Dublin Peanut Festival!

It’s Salty, Roasted, Plain, Green and Boiled. It’s also the STAR of our show, better known to us as Bladen County’s finest PEANUTS. We celebrate the Peanut the third Saturday of September each year. This year’s date is September 20th, 2014. The Festival is held in Dublin, N.C, also known as the Peanut Capital of the South. It is the home of Houston’s Peanuts which is known, and whose peanuts are shipped, world wide.

Our festival kicks off at 10 AM with a Parade.  When the parade ends, a day to be remembered begins. We will have the Classic Cruisers Car Show, Craft and Food Vendors, Bar-B-Que plate sale, Kiddie and Women’s Tractor Pull, Corn Hole Tournament, Rides for the entire family, Games for the Kids, Our Own Secret Recipe Hot Dogs, Sausage Dogs and Steak and Chicken Fajitas. The Nationwide NASCAR Show Car will be here and the Nationwide NASCAR Race Car Simulator is just waiting for a driver! Nationwide will be giving away fantastic prizes!

Our Entertainment Line Up is sure to keep you moving all day. The band line up will be:
1. The Band of Oz
2. BlackWater Rhythm and Blues Band

3. The New Believers

This is sure to be our best festival yet. We are 22 years strong and so proud of what we have accomplished. We are all about our local schools and our community. Please visit our website at: and read all about us. Our committee looks forward to seeing each and every one of you have a great and memorable day.  

There’s nothing like seeing old friends and making new ones. So come on out and enjoy a day full of fun.

We are a family friendly festival with a few rules to make sure everyone is comfortable. They are as follows: No Alcohol, No Smoking and No Pets of any kind.



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.


Please support our Wounded Warriors

Hands Together is a nonprofit organization devoted to educating, inspiring and encouraging people to understand the importance of responding to the needs of the poor and disadvantaged. Our Mission, as we strive to build a more compassionate and human world, proceeds from the spiritual belief that we are all members of one, equal, interconnected family under a loving God.



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