Dunn Area Tourism

103 East Cumberland Street, Dunn, 28334

I-95 Exit 73, North Carolina

(910) 892-3282

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Dunn is located along Interstate 95, halfway between New York and Florida.

The Dunn area offers authentic history sites, great golf and other fun activities: parks, horseback riding, bowling, paint ball, roller skating,canoeing and kayaking. For a bite to eat on the road, stop in one of their restaurants to experience the friendly charm of Dunn. You can enjoy steak, burgers, shakes, deli, seafood, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, BBQ and, of course, country cooking.

Stay here overnight and sleep in a range of accommodations, from a simple motel to an elegant B&B (with a pool) or a luxurious mansion.

The City of Dunn was incorporated on February 12, 1887 and has come a long way since its settlement some 120 years ago as a logging town and turpentine distilling area.

There are two historic attractions in and close to Dunn, dedicated to preserving the history of this great state:

- Averasboro Battlefield and Museum: you can revisit the Civil War and learn about an important battle (Mar 15-16, 1865) which led up to the final stand between the North and the South. A cool thing to see inside the museum is an authentic Yankee uniform worn throughout the Civil War. Its owner was a Lt. from Rhode Island, and fought up and down the east coast.

The battle was fought on the plantation lands of the John Smith family, and two other buildings (which still stand) were used as hospitals, with blood stains still apparent on the floor. Averasboro Battlefield re-enactments and living history demonstrations take place in March and October.

- Oak Grove Plantation: This was the plantation home of John Smith, and was used as a Confederate hospital during the Battle of Averasboro, March 16, 1865. You can still see cannonball holes and bullet holes in the walls. Learn about the history of a Southern Plantation home which was taken over by the Union Soldiers as they fought their way back north. Open by appointment. 910-892-3282

- General William C Lee Airborne Museum: Come here if you want to learn more about the man who talked the Army into jumping out of airplanes. Housed in the 3-story home of the "Father of the Army Airborne", it charts his personal life as well as the growth of Army 101st and 82nd airborne divisions. He was a relentless lobbyist to make them a formidable part of our military might. By August 1942, in 26 months, he shepherded the airborne from a test platoon of 50 men to 2 divisions of 8,300 men, and was in charge of the sky: parachutes, air landing battalions and eventually the glider units.

Some Outdoor Fun:

- Need to stretch your legs? Enjoy a slow leisurely walk through the countryside along the Dunn Erwin Railtrail, which is 5.3 miles of a railroad turned into a walk/run or bike scenic gravel trail joining the towns of Dunn and Erwin. Historic markers are located along the trail as well as restaurants and shops at both ends. The trail is open during daylight hours only.

- On the Cape Fear Canoe Trails you paddle through the history of the Cape
Fear River. The river flows some 55 miles to Fayetteville, past farms and forest, over the remains of locks and dams built in the early years of the nation, past Revolutionary and Civil War sites, and by a state park. Canoes and kayaks can be rented hourly, daily and for overnight trips. It is open daily, all year round during daylight hours.

- Dunn Farmers Market is open Saturdays from 8 am to noon selling local produce, products and crafts; everything is locally owned and produced.

Some Indoor Fun:

- Lundy-Fetterman Museum and Exhibit Hall welcomes you to animal and marine wildlife with 175 exhibits. Highlights of the exhibit include a polar bear and mountain goat from Alaska, sheep and goitered gazelle from Iran and a leopard, zebra, elephant, reedbuck, lion, gnu, impala and rhinoceros from Africa.

- A small Gourd Museum is located within the town of Angler's Library. Hundreds of gourds from all over the world are on display.

- At East Coast Classic Cars you can browse through over 100 classic, antique and muscle cars in a 35,000 sq ft showroom.

- In downtown Dunn, the Harnett Regional Theatre presents productions throughout the year at the renovated Stewart Theatre. Campbell University, located in Buies Creek, just 10 miles away, regularly presents concerts, plays and musicals.

A Sampling of fun Festivals:

- Averasboro Battlefield Reenactment and Living History Demonstrations events take place in March and October.

- Spivey's Corner National Hollerin' Contest is held in Spivey's Corner on
the second Saturday in September. The contest features festive activities such as singing, dancing, games, arts and crafts, delicious food and family entertainment.

- Dunn Shriners Car Show is held in conjunction with the Touchstone Energy NC Cotton Festival on the first Saturday in November. Over 100 antique and custom cars compete for best in show and more.

- Touchstone Energy North Carolina Cotton Festival is held annually in Dunn the first Saturday in November. The festival's goal is to bring recognition to one of North Carolina's prime agricultural products: "cotton". Downtown Dunn is sprinkled with more than 130 food and craft booths. You can take a tour through an operating cotton gin.

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