The North Carolina Visitor Center




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James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone’s favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece… and a rare modern classic. The Tony Award-winning book and score are both enchanting and touching.  The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.

One of Sondheim’s most popular works, Into the Woods is a musically sophisticated show with the opportunity to feature actors adept at dark comedy. Designers will especially enjoy highlighting the fantastical elements of this magical word.

Ticketing Information
Tickets for the Mainstage Series can be purchased on-line by going to our web site at  Tickets also can be purchased in-person or by  telephone with credit card or cash noon-6pm Monday through Friday through our administrative offices in the theater’s second floor (enter on Fourth Street side), or by calling the Civic Center at (910) 738-4339. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. Theater lobby box office opens for ticket sales one hour prior to performance.

Mainstage Series tickets are $25. Starting this season for our Mainstage Series, we now have package discounts when you purchase four, five or six shows at the same time. The more you buy the more you save! We also have a senior and military discount of $22 for each mainstage show, while tickets for members of Southeastern Regional Medical Center’s PrivilegesPlus program are only $20 per show. Students are $10.  For details about joining PrivilegesPlus please visit its web page at .  Group rate is $17 per ticket with advance purchase of ten or more at same time, and are available by contacting the box office. All ticket prices now include 7% sales tax on nonprofit attraction ticket sales as required by the North Carolina General Assembly as of January 1, 2013.



The Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater is a beautifully-restored 1928 treasure listed on the National Register of Historic Places that offers visitors a unique and visually stunning experience. The theater is located at 315 North Chestnut Street in the heart of downtown Lumberton.  First opened as a vaudeville and silent film house, the theater offers a wide array of programming including live touring performances, original productions, art exhibits, films, special events and rentals. For more information visit

The Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater is located in historic downtown Lumberton at Fourth and Chestnut streets, just one block north of the downtown plaza. There is plenty of parking around the theater.

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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.




The Confederate ironclad Albemarle was outfitted in Halifax with machinery and guns before sailing down river into action, 1864.

  The 1863 Confederate contract to build an ironclad ram was granted to a nineteen year old North Carolina soldier named Gilbert Elliott who would oversee the bulk of its construction in a cornfield in Halifax County. The ship, later named the Albemarle was intended, if ever completed, to operate on the waters of Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds. Elliott began building the Albemarle at Tillery’s Farm, seven miles below Halifax on the Roanoke River. He moved the operation downstream to Edwards Ferry in March 1863. There, on the property of Peter E. Smith, a shipyard was built in a cornfield by the river. While Smith brought in or built the equipment needed, Elliot combed the state for iron, collecting old railroad iron, broken boilers, and even buckets of bolts. Regarding the difficulties in completing the ship, Elliott wrote “No vessel was ever constructed under more adverse circumstances.”

      In March 1864, after about a year at what became known as the Edwards Ferry Shipyard, the Albemarle was launched about two miles downriver to Hamilton. Completed, the ship was 152 feet long, 45 feet wide, with a draft of eight feet. Although the eighteen-foot ram was the Albemarle’s primary weapon, the vessel was also outfitted with six gunports and two rotating eight-inch Brooke rifled guns. The two engines, built by Elliot out of an assortment of odds and ends, were 200 horsepower each.

      General Robert F. Hoke convinced Commander James W. Cooke to have the Albemarle ready in time to aid in his planned attack on the Union occupying forces at Plymouth. On April 17, 1864, the Albemarle was commissioned and launched, departing directly for Plymouth. Since the iron plating was not yet complete, forges were installed on the deck and mechanics, carpenters, and blacksmiths boarded to work on the ship as it floated down the Roanoke River. As work was completed, Cooke made brief stops to drop off surplus men, materials, and equipment. Elliott volunteered to join the crew as Cooke’s aide and, on the night of April 17, completed a reconnaissance mission that made it possible for a furtive early morning journey through enemy obstacles in river.

      The Albemarle easily bypassed Fort Gray, slipping further downstream toward Plymouth. Two Union steamers, the Miami and the Southfield, were targets of the next naval action. The Albemarle rammed the Southfield, which sank, and Cooke turned his attention to the Miami. The Miami’s commander, Charles W. Flusser, was killed when a shell that he fired at the Albemarle was ricocheted back to the Miami, so close were the two vessels. Having already taken punishing shellfire, the Miami then fled downstream. The Albemarle was liberated to steam to Plymouth and pound the city’s Union defenses, providing significant support to Hoke’s troops, who recaptured Plymouth on April 20.

      Though the Albemarle fought successfully in only one other engagement, the ram, moored at Plymouth, remained a threat to Union forces in eastern North Carolina. Lieutenant William B. Cushing was dispatched to North Carolina with orders to destroy the Albemarle. On October 27, 1864, Cushing torpedoed the ram from a small launch in the river, clearing the way for Union forces to recapture Plymouth and subsequently the entire sound region. Near the end of the war the Albemarle was raised, towed to Norfolk, and sold at public auction. 

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Mayo River State Park

Envisioned as a riverine park along the Mayo River corridor from Virginia to the Town of Mayodan, Mayo River State park is under development, but offers basic state park amenities on the 400-acre site of the former Mayo Park, a historic and prized community gathering place. The centerpiece of the park is a restored pavilion-style picnic shelter designed by renowned architect Antonin Raymond. This is flanked by picnic grounds, small fishing ponds and a growing network of hiking trails. Rangers offer free interpretive programs at the park and outreach programs at area locations can be arranged. Paddling opportunities on the mild whitewater Mayo River are available from local outfitters.


Mayo River State Park

500 Old Mayo Park Road
Mayodan, NC 27027