Fayetteville Itinerary: African-American Heritage
The Itinerary at a Glance
Come experience Greater Fayetteville, North Carolina, a place where History, Heroes and a Hometown Feeling bestow a unique opportunity for all ages to engage in a three-day cultural experience. The hard labor borne by slaves, entrepreneurship of free blacks, devotion to religion and education, service to our country, and the desire to learn and preserve await to tell your group a grand story.
3 Unique Experiences on This Trip
- 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum
- North Carolina Veterans Park
- Cape Fear Botanical Garden
Duration: 3 Days
This Itinerary is Ideal For: All
Hometown History & Local Highlights
Arrive in Fayetteville early afternoon.
Your visit begins with a historic walking tour of downtown. Your local guide will recount the history, stories and people who were important to this unique city. You will visit the Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum to learn about the colonial transportation system that united the colonies.
Next, you will visit Brookside, an area of Cross Creek Cemetery dedicated to burials of African-Americans post-Civil War, and see gravesites of notable families of the Greater Fayetteville area. At the Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry (F.I.L.I.) Parade Grounds, you’ll see Isaac Hammond’s grave and learn about North Carolina’s ofﬁcial historic military command and its ceremonies. Also included on the tour is a visit to the Evans Metropolitan AME Zion Church.
Check in to your hotel this afternoon.
This evening, enjoy dinner at a popular local eatery, Chris’ Open Hearth Steak and Seafood House. With the presence of our military, Fayetteville’s dining options have ﬂourished. Built as a barbecue lodge in Fayetteville’s ﬁrst shopping center and with the addition of an open hearth, Chris’ has been serving the community since 1963. Enjoy its “good ole American” status.
Plank Road Passage
Your day begins as your step-on guide greets you at your hotel and you’re off to the Fayetteville Market House. Previously known as the State House, it was here that North Carolina ratiﬁed the U.S. Constitution in 1789 and chartered the University of North Carolina.
Next, discover African-American historic, economic and social displays at the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex. The lives of many are told collectively through the museum’s exhibits.
A guided tour of the 1897 Poe House discusses the roles of African-American women working as domestic servants at the turn of the 20th century. Discover a bit of what life was like for African-Americans in the Jim Crow South. Walk the grounds where both free and enslaved African-Americans labored to help construct the federal arsenal prior to the Civil War. Travel along the historic Plank Road route that slave labor helped build and allowed farmers and merchants to transport goods to the Fayetteville Market House.
Arrive in Spring Lake and enjoy a one-of-a-kind lunch by Chef Judy at Let Me Cater to You Restaurant.
This afternoon continue to the Sandhills Farmers Market, the area’s ﬁrst African-American-owned and -operated farmers market. Taste the freshest of locally grown produce; sample African-American baked goods; learn about local herbs used as medicines for generations past; or just pull up a chair and listen to the stories that make up local lore. A captivating outdoor performance by the Sankofa Players wraps up your time at the market.
Next, it’s off to the Bethel AME Zion Church, where you’ll discover its historic importance to the surrounding community. Bethel’s humble beginnings span a story of black entrepreneurship, the Manchester Rosenwald School, area plantations and the Rockefeller connection.
This evening we can assist you with dining options to satisfy your group’s taste buds.
Orange Street School
Begin your day with a guided tour at Orange Street School Restoration and Historical Association. Built in 1915, the Orange Street School is believed to be the oldest building associated with education in Fayetteville. Before its construction, black students attended classes in a small, one-room schoolhouse for nearly 50 years. The school functioned as an educational facility for 38 years. The upstairs now serves as a museum where Bishop James Walker Hood’s top hat and Bible can be viewed.
For an authentic experience, plan to include a catered lunch for your group at the school and a question-and-answer session with association members.
Depart Fayetteville early afternoon.
We wish you safe travels and welcome you back anytime to Fort Bragg and the communities of Cumberland County.
This itinerary may be customized to meet any special needs and interests of your group. It is perfect for a getaway, mystery tour or patriotic group tour. Contact the Tourism Sales Manager at the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau for more information.
Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Group Tour Services
- Itinerary planning
- Facilitate ﬁnding a step-on guide
- All-American welcome reception
- FAM tours for qualiﬁed operators