Known originally as Blue's Crossing, the historic
town of Aberdeen has a past that is lined
with business entrepreneurs and railroad tycoons. In 1989, over a hundred
years after the founding of Aberdeen,
the downtown area
was officially named a historic district. The quaint streets of the historic
district provide a trip back
in time, while just a few miles away, Aberdeen is also home to a variety of
the most popular shopping areas. Pine Bluff is a small community just to the
south of Aberdeen. An ideal place to gain the true meaning of Southern
Hospitality, Pine Bluff is also just miles away from "The Rock," one of
NASCAR’s premier racetracks.
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Incorporated in 1876, Cameron was once known as
"The World’s Largest Dewberry Market." Today Cameron is known throughout the
South for its historic buildings and unmatched antique market.
Between Cameron and Southern Pines lies the
charming town of Vass. Also known for antiques and unique shops, Vass is a
community set among horse farms.
The center of Moore County since 1784, Carthage
was once home to the world-renowned Tyson and Jones Buggy factory. Revisited
annually during the its Buggy Festival, this era brought Carthage great
prosperity that can still be felt throughout the area and seen in the
numerous historic buildings of Carthage.
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Foxfire, Seven Lakes and West End are quiet
communities just north of Pinehurst. Hosting beautiful golf courses, these
communities provide the relaxing atmosphere of country lanes and lakes, but
are just minutes from the area’s centers of activity.
HIGH FALLS | ROBBINS
Rolling hills provide the backdrop for the
towns of Robbins and High Falls. At the northern edge of Moore County, it is
here that you can find pottery shops that allow you to visit an earlier era.
The clay soil provides for the artists as they continue to shape their
unique and beautiful creations.
Originally known as Tuftstown, Pinehurst was
established in 1895 when Boston philanthropist James Tufts purchased 5,800
acres of timberland in central North Carolina. Tufts was intrigued by the
area’s mild climate and wanted to create a winter retreat and health resort
here. He commissioned Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of New York’s Central
Park, to lay out the village streets.
In 1896, the Holly Inn opened, and the area had
20 cottages, a general store and a dairy. Some hotel guests introduced the
game of golf – without benefit of a course – and in 1898, a rudimentary
nine-hole course was constructed. By 1901, Tufts had opened what is now the
Pinehurst Resort complete with riding, hunting, polo, lawn bowling,
bicycling, tennis and archery. The same year, Tufts hired Donald Ross, the
"father of modern golf architecture," to oversee golf operations. The
acclaimed Pinehurst No. 2 course, one of many he designed or redesigned, is
ranked as one of the best in the world. By 1903, Pinehurst was becoming a
major national golf center.
In another colorful chapter of Pinehurst
history, Annie Oakley, sharpshooter and star of the Buffalo Bill Wild West
Show, arrived in 1916. She stayed for four years to give shooting
exhibitions and instruction at the Pinehurst Gun Club.
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From horse farms to the sophisticated streets
of downtown Southern Pines, this is a city that provide the very best of
Southern hospitality. It has certainly come a long way since John Patrick
paid less than $2 an acre for the land in 1884. With wonderful restaurants,
classic golf courses and fairs and festivals for everyone Southern Pines is
becoming a true jewel of the South.
Just north of Southern Pines, Whispering Pines
is a community that provides a Country Club setting for its residents.
Nestled among longleaf pines, this is yet another of the beautiful
communities in North Carolina’s Sandhills.
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