The North Carolina Visitor Center




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Dec 7th
6 - 7:30PM
Horse & Carriage rides, cookies and hot cocoa.


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.


Annual “A Robeson County Christmas” Show
7pm Thursday – Saturday December 6-8
1pm Saturday December 8 and 3pm Sunday December 9

The Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater’s annual holiday performance of “A Robeson County Christmas” Show will be held December 6-9 at the theater in downtown Lumberton, NC.  The show is a musical  revue for the entire family and features the best regional performers singing and dancing in the holidays. This year’s show features Lumberton’s own former Miss North Carolina Rebekah Revels Lowry, X-Factor Top 40 selection Brent Tyler, Jef the Mime and featured singers as well as the beautifully staged dancing of “The Civettes” and adorable performances by the show’s youth cast.  The theater will be beautifully decorated for Christmas and there will be appearances by Frosty the Snowman and Santa Claus.

Tickets: Individuals $25, Seniors (65+) and Military $22. Students $10, Rear Balcony $17*,PrivilegesPlus members $20. Group discount rates of $20 each for groups of 10 or more when purchased in advance are available by contacting the box office.  Please note that BALCONY Tickets require walking up significant stairs. For this show only, the seats in the back half of the balcony may have an obstructed view and are therefore lower priced.


Tickets for the theater’s mainstage events can be purchased any time on-line at or in person and telephone noon-5:30 pm weekdays through the administrative offices on the theater’s 2nd Floor (use 4th Street entrance), or by calling the theater at 738-4339 Ext. 1.The Theater lobby box office opens for ticket sales one hour prior to a performance.


The Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater is a beautifully-restored 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 in 1928 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



Pee Dee Indians migrated here during the 11th century A.D. and built their main village around 1300 A.D. Their reconstructed civic-ceremonial center, a site worked by archaeologists since 1937.

After dealing with trespassers and artifact hunters for years, in 1936 Lloyd Frutchey decided to flatten the odd, purportedly Indian, embankment on his property in Montgomery County. He planned to use the soil to bolster eroded plots on his farm. Members of North Carolina’s budding archaeological community learned of Frutchey’s plans and enlisted Christopher Crittenden’s help in trying to protect the area. In January 1937 a small delegation, including state officials and an archaeologist, evaluated the promontory and approached Frutchey with ideas for preserving it. After negotiations, it was agreed that Frutchey would deed the mound and a small amount of surrounding land to the state, specifically the Department of Conservation and Development, which would administer the site and care for the artifacts found there. The area was known as Frutchey State Park, or the Frutchey mound, until the 1940s, when its name was changed to Town Creek, after a nearby rivulet.

     Funds were hard to come by during the early years of excavation at the site. Ironically, it is probably quite fortunate that money was not available to develop the site according to early State Parks plans. If money had been at hand, much of what is now excavated at Town Creek might have been destroyed in the construction of a large parking lot. In November 1939 excavations at Town Creek were approved as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project. Some of the best archaeological work performed at the site was completed during the WPA years. The United States’s involvement in World War II effectively put an end to all WPA projects; Town Creek excavations were discontinued until 1949.

     Upon his return from military service in April 1946, Joffre Coe visited Town Creek to inspect for pillaging or damage and then went directly to Chapel Hill to set up the University of North Carolina’s archaeological lab, which for years thereafter served as the repository for the state’s archaeological relics. Coe, the archaeological supervisor of Town Creek beginning in 1937, continued in that capacity for more than fifty years. Between 1950 and 1951, the state acquired fifty-two additional acres of land around the original site. At the time, plans were advanced for restoring the mound and palisade, reconstructing the town house on the mound, and interpreting the site through permanent museum exhibits.

     Town Creek Indian Mound became a part of the Department of Archives and History’s Division of Historic Sites in 1955. By that time the mound had been restored and the stockade around the original site had been reconstructed. The site got electrical power in 1960, at which time a manager’s house was begun; an access road was paved in 1962. Town Creek was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1965. The other pre-Columbian facilities reconstructed at the site include major and minor temples, a burial hut, and a mortuary hut. The Learning Center built in 1991 to increase educational and interpretive opportunities, offers space for demonstrations of Indian skills and crafts.


Join us on National Wreaths Across America Day December 15, 2018

Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 1,400 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad.

Join us by sponsoring a veterans’ wreath at a cemetery near you, volunteering or donating to a local fundraising group.


Mount Mitchell State Park

One of those places that stand apart from the ordinary, Mount Mitchell’s dramatic summit is the highest point east of the Mississippi at 6,684 feet and was inspiration for one of the nation’s first state parks. From its easily accessible observation deck, the spruce-fir forest of Mount Mitchell State Park leads the eye to unmatched views. A museum explains the mountain’s cultural and natural history, and its trail network allows visitors to explore up close, offering short hikes near the summit and challenging treks leading to adjacent wilderness areas. A nine-site tent campground is open in warm-weather months, and backpacking opportunities abound, including entry onto the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail. A concession area and a full-service restaurant serve visitors from May to October.