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Welcome to Lumberton, North Carolina!

The new issue of the Lumberton Visitor and Relocation Guide is online!   We hope that you will enjoy exploring Lumberton, North Carolina, a unique and diverse region with both a fascinating history and an exciting future!  Please click on the image below to find out why Lumberton is a great place to visit and a wonderful city to call your home town!

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.



Built in 1756 by colony. Was garrisoned by North Carolina Provincials during French & Indian War, until 1762.

 Fort Dobbs, one of North Carolina’s twenty-seven state historic sites, is the only one dedicated to the French and Indian War (1754-1763), the North American chapter of the broader Seven Years War between England and France. A relatively obscure armed conflict even today, the French and Indian War was significant in setting in motion a set of events throughout the colonies that would conclude with the American Revolution. The expenses incurred from sending and supporting military units would later force Britain to recoup their losses through economic measures such as the Stamp Act and Townshend Act. In addition, British defeats such as that of General Edward Braddock’s would indicate to the American colonies that British military might was far from invincible, uniting them against a common foe for the first time. Lastly, the military campaigns provided invaluable experience to military leaders such as George Washington experience he would later use against England in the War for Independence. 

     Western expansion in North Carolina forced England to protect colonists in the wilderness, and as a result, the provincial assembly approved a grant of one thousand pounds sterling to royal governor and Scotsman Arthur Dobbs (1689-1765) for construction of a defensive fortress in March 1756. Dobbs chose an area in the Catawba valley in present Iredell County and charged Col. Hugh Waddell (1734-1773) and his frontier company of fifty men with protecting both the fort and colonists’ trading rights with Indians against the encroaching French. Later that year, Waddell also was appointed commissioner of peace, and was sent to negotiate with local Cherokee and Catawba Indians. The frontier company proved itself on February 26, 1760, when the only recorded attack on Fort Dobbs, a Cherokee force of at least seventy warriors, was repelled with minimal losses to the colonials. The following years passed without fanfare, and the Treaty of Paris, signed in 1763, brought an end to the war and rendered Fort Dobbs all but obsolete. The fortress was reported as abandoned by 1766, as western frontier had expanded far beyond the wooden fortress. 

     The only known contemporary description suggests the fort was fifty three by forty feet, with oak pillars supporting the structure, which rose almost twenty-five feet. Soldiers were able simultaneously to fire up to one hundred muskets from the walls of the fort, making Fort Dobbs an imposing headquarters on the Carolina frontier.


Gorges State Park

Gorges State Park is set in the midst of plunging waterfalls, rugged river gorges, sheer rock walls and a high concentration of rare species, and exploration of this unique environment often begins at the expansive visitor center with its museum-quality exhibits, augmented by picnic grounds and shelters. Backcountry-style recreation is a hallmark of Gorges with distance hiking, backpack camping, trout fishing, mountain biking and horseback riding welcome in various parts of the rugged interior. The 7,500-acre park incorporates a portion the long-distance Foothills Trail and touches Lake Jocassee at the South Carolina border. Trails and campsites continue to be developed at this relatively new state park.