The North Carolina




Visitor Center

Welcome to the North Carolina Visitor Center

From the mountains to the coast and all points in between

To receive our free North Carolina Visitor Center Newsletter by email each month, please email us at


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.

Read more

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.


Legendary NC Seafood Restaurant Destroyed by Fire

Colemans Origional Calabash Seafood Resturant

Coleman's Seafood, in Calabash, NC, has been a culinary institution for more than 70 years.  The NC Visitor Center offers the Coleman's family our sympathies and hopes that they will be able to rebuild and continue.  The Coleman's family also owns and operated the Calabash Seafood Hut in  - please consider dining with them in support of their rebuilding efforts.


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.

Read More


Anson County Events


Aug. 20th

Bach’s Lunch Music and Lunch

First Presbyterian Church

12pm Wadseboro, NC


Aug. 22nd and 23rd


Cindabella “A Southern Fried Fairytale”

Ansonia Theatre

7:30pm on 22nd; 3pm on 23rd


Aug. 24th


“In One Ear and Out the Other”

Ansonia Theatre

3pm Wadesboro, NC

Read More

2014 Robeson County Alzheimer’s Walk for Memory

Saturday, October 18, 2014


Theme:  Here for you…Today and Tomorrow


What:  The 2014 Robeson County Alzheimer’s Walk for Memory is a fundraising walk to benefit the Alzheimer’s NC, Inc.  There will be speakers, information and other resources available.


Where:                           Wesley Pines Retirement Community

(Rain plan: walk to be held at Biggs Park Mall)


Saturday, October 18, 2014
9:00AM -11:00 a.m.


Why:     The 2014 Robeson County Alzheimer’s Walk for Memory is a fundraising event for Alzheimer’s disease.  Proceeds are used to fund educational services for people with Alzheimer’s disease, their families and caregivers, local support groups, and research.


How:         Registration forms may be obtained at the Walk or from Kim Branch or Amy Hammond.

There is no registration fee,

but all participants are encouraged to raise $25.

Information for the Walk is available

Kim Branch at (910)827-9530 email:

Amy Hammond at (910)272-3006 email:




NC Spotlight:  

Clarence Tom Ashley

Born Clarence Earl McCurry in Bristol, Tennessee, Tom Ashley, as he came to be called, had a lifetime of performing and recording that made him an influential musician in Western North Carolina and across the country.

Ashley learned to play banjo and guitar as a young boy, and he joined his first medicine show, with Doc White Cloud, as a teenager in Mountain City. He continued to play in medicine shows into the 1940s, meeting many other musicians along the way, including Roy Acuff. Ashley made his living playing music for spare change wherever he could, playing with numerous musicians such as G. B. Grayson, the Cook Sisters, the Greer Sisters, and the West Virginia Hotfoots. He made professional recordings with several groups as well, including the Blue Ridge Mountain Entertainers, Haywood County Ramblers, Byrd Moore and his Hot Shots, and the Carolina Tar Heels.

One of Ashley's solo recordings, "Coo Coo Bird," appeared on Harry Smith'sAnthology of American Folk Music in the 1950s. This collection helped spur an interest in recordings of the 1920s and ‘30s among young college students, like Ralph Rinzler, who sought out Ashley on a trip to the area in 1960. This connection opened up many performing opportunities to Ashley. It also brought about the relationship between Rinzler and Doc Watson, which helped launch Watson's national career.

Learn more at Blue Ridge National Heritage


Watch Clarence Ashley play The Cukoo on Youtube:

The Brown 
Mountain Lights


Among the most fascinating natural wonders of the High Country are the Brown Mountain Lights.  The mysterious lights appear and disappear, seeming to move over the ridge of Brown Mountain (in Burke County, near Morganton).  The Brown Mountain Lights have been have been made famous by Cherokee legends dating back to the 1200s and by modern reports.  White settlers of the High Country reported seeing the lights throughout the 1700 and 1800s.   They are the stuff of story and song.


In 1771, German scientist, Gerard Will de Brahm, viewed the lights and reported, “The mountains emit nitrous vapors which are borne by the wind and when laden winds meet each other the niter inflames, sulphurates and deteriorates.”  The US Geological Survey, however, put forth another explanation in 1913: headlights lights from a train in the Catawba Valley.  The government scientists did not bother to explain how the lights appeared before the advent of the locomotive.  Ironically, a flood in 1916 destroyed the railroad line credited as the source of the lights… and, the lights continued.


No one knows the true cause of the Brown Mountain Lights.  This mystery engenders a delightful sense of whimsy and wonder, making the tales of the supernatural preferable as an explanation. 


Cherokee legends credit the lights as the ghosts of Cherokee and Catawba Indian warriors who fought a battle on the mountain centuries ago.


Another legend tells that a woman was killed by her husband on Brown Mountain in 1850.  Although her body was never found, the Brown Mountain lights appeared to guide searchers to her remains.


World-renowned storyteller, Ray Hicks, said that the Brown Mountain Lights were “jack-o-lanterns”, which he described as disembodied lights that traveled through the mountains by night doing the work of witches.    


The most famous legend of the Brown Mountain lights is probably that of the loyal slave.  It is told that a wealthy planter traveled to the mountains to hunt and was never seen again.  His loyal slave searched the mountain with a lantern.  The legend tells that the ghost of the slave continues to search. 


Famous Avery County musician Scotty Wiseman recorded a song about the Brown Mountain Lights.  Scotty and his wife, Lulu belle, were known as the “Sweethearts of the Grand ole Opry”.  Their popularity spread the fame of the Lights well beyond the North Carolina Mountains.  The song later gained international fame when recorded by the Kingston Trio.  The lyrics are as follows (source:


Way out on the old Linville Mountain,

Where the bear and the catamount reign;

There’s a strange ghostly light, can be seen every night,

Which no scientist nor hunter can explain.

Read More


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


Cruise In Antique Auto Show


Antique Cars, Trucks, Tractors, Hot Rods and Motorcycles are invited to participate. Vendors and music will be present. Event last from 3:00pm-8:00pm. Located in the Downtown Lumberton Plaza.

Event Dates: August 23, September 27, October 25

For more information call 910-671-3875


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!

Visit  for schedule

Call for reservations

Call for Details

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.



To find out more, please email: