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Book 'Em NC - Saturday, Sept 14 in Lumberton, NC
Civil War Weekend - Sept 14 and 15 at Tryon Palace
Lumber River Day - Sept 21, at Lumber River State Park in Orrum, NC
Anson County Chamber of Commerce Oyster Roast - Sept 28

See below for details and more information



Civil War Weekend | September 14 & 15
The sights and sounds of the Civil War come to life during Tryon Palace Civil War Weekend on the grounds of the historic New Bern Academy, located at 508 New St. This event features an encampment of the 35th Regiment of the United States Colored Troops, our state's first regiment of African American Union soldiers, and the 7th North Carolina Regiment. 

Visitors of all ages will be able to:
  • Witness regiment drills and food demonstrations
  • Watch live rifle and cannon firings (Tryon Palace South Lawn)
  • Explore a medical tent
  • Discover New Bern's Civil War history inside the New Bern Academy Museum
Admission is Free!



We are excited to invite you to participate in the third annual Chamber on the Half Shell taking place on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at the Twin Valley Golf Club from 6:00 to 11:00 P.M.  The Anson County Chamber of Commerce is a dynamic, energetic and respected business organization that facilitates both economic and social growth in support of our members and the community. The Chamber strives to provide quality community events for all members and residents of Anson County.

Chamber on the Half Shell will be one of our most anticipated fundraisers of the year! Our fundraising goal for this event is $25,000.

Today, we are asking you to join us in our efforts to support our organization. There are three ways to support us and contribute to the success of this year’s event:

  • Become a sponsor – we have opportunities from $100 to $2,500.
  • Donate a raffle item – we encourage you to be creative, items can range from your products and services, to gift certificates, baskets or experiences.
  • Join us at the event! Chamber on the Half Shell will feature an all you can eat buffet complete with steamed oysters, fried shrimp, fried fish, hush puppies, coleslaw and all the fixings! There will also be a complimentary open bar complete with wine and beer to quench your thirst! And just in case you feel like dancing, The Live House Band will join us beginning at 7:00 P.M. to turn up the volume! Individual tickets: Chamber members $60; Non-Members $70 limited number of tickets available!

In recognition of your generosity, your company will receive continued exposure with all of our sponsorship support levels.

Thank you in advance for your generous support- with the strong support of sponsors and donors like you- we can meet our goal! Sponsorship details and a sign-up form are included with this letter. Please complete and return the form with payment immediately to ensure that you are included in all of Chamber on the Half Shell materials. If you have questions or would like more information about becoming a sponsor or donor for our 2019 Chamber on the Half Shell, please email the chamber at

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.



Revolutionary statesman. Prominent in resistance to British rule and the creation of independent N.C

 Cornelius Harnett, statesman and organizer, was a leading voice for an independent North Carolina during the Revolutionary War. Through stalwart guidance after the war, he also oversaw the transformation of an independent North Carolina from province to statehood. Born to an Irish immigrant family in Chowan County in 1723, young Harnett and family moved to Brunswick in 1725 to escape repercussions of his father’s participation in an Edenton riot. In his early adulthood, Harnett distinguished himself as an able merchant, operating wharfs and distilleries in the Cape Fear area.

     After making a name for himself in business, Harnett ventured into politics when elected to the Wilmington town commission in 1750. As in his business pursuits, Harnett built a solid reputation as a steadfast politician through a series of public offices, which culminated in his election in 1754 to represent Wilmington in the General Assembly. The turning point in Harnett’s career was in 1765, when the provincial government introduced the Stamp Act. In leading opposition against the act, Harnett became an advocate for states’ rights and an activist for independence from Britain.

     Already a respected North Carolina statesman, Harnett became active in the struggle for North Carolina’s independence. Soon after the introduction of the Stamp Act, he and fellow patriot John Ashe led a protest against British tyranny through the streets of Brunswick. Not long after, Harnett was elected chairman of the Sons of Liberty’s Wilmington chapter. At the Fourth Provincial Congress in Halifax, Harnett chaired the committee that, in April of 1776, produced the Halifax Resolves, a formal declaration of North Carolina’s support for independence from Britain. He, along with Ashe, was instrumental in drafting North Carolina’s first state constitution in autumn of that same year.

     In his twilight years, Harnett represented North Carolina in the Continental Congress, 1777-1780. Harnett was captured during a British raid of Wilmington in 1781. His health having deteriorated while imprisoned in a British holding cell, Harnett died soon after his release later that year. For his vision and dedication during the Revolutionary War, Harnett County (est. 1855) is named in his honor.