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Welcome to the North Carolina Visitor Center

From the mountains to the coast and all points in between

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The Salute to Veterans Flags are to celebrate the service of ALL VETERANS, regardless of time served, branch of military or war time service. Flags will be displayed on the ASOM Parade Field from Friday, November 10 to Monday, November 20, 2017.

Flags may be picked up from November 21 through December 3.

All Flags not picked up by Sunday, December 3 become the property of the Foundation.
The museum is closed on Mondays


In a special performance for the Airborne & Special Operations Museum, Lynn Roberts and Chuck Carson bring you back to the days when radio was king by recreating a NBC radio comedy show from the 1940s. For more information call 910.643.2773 or email


In honor of Veterans Day, Tryon Palace will offer free admission to all active duty and military veterans and their immediate family members on Saturday, November 11.
This free admission will include the Governor's Palace, historic homes, North Carolina History Center attractions, and 16 acres of gardens. Military ID or proof of service is required for free admission. 


Upcoming Events in Lumberton, NC


Annual Kiwanis of Robeson-Lumberton Pancake Festival

November 10, 2017 - November 11, 2017

All you can eat is available for Dine-In and Take Outs will be available.  Proceeds go to Kiwanis of Robeson-Lumberton Children’s Foundation.  Tickets can be purchased from a Kiwanis member and also can be purchased at the door.


 $7.00 (All You Can Eat – Dine In, & Take Outs Available)

A Very Local Holiday Festival

November 18, 2017 @ 7:00 am - 1:00 pm

robeson county farmers market,Corner of 8th and Elm Streets, Lumberton+ Google Map

Shop local, eat local this holiday season! Healthy food samples highlighting local produce (available 9 a.m. until) Nutrition education Local arts and crafts vendors If you are interested in being a vendor (registration form attached) or for more information, contact Mack Johnson, Extension Horticultural Agent, or Janice Fields, Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, at Cooperative Extension at 910-671-3276.


NC Historic Site

President James K. Polk

U.S. President – Mexican American War

This site is located on land once owned by the parents of James K. Polk, the 11th U.S. president. The state historic site commemorates significant events in the Polk administration: the Mexican-American War, settlement of the Oregon boundary dispute, and the annexation of California. Reconstructions of typical homestead buildings a log house, separate kitchen, and barn are authentically furnished. The visitor center features a film on Polk's life and exhibits on his family and tumultuous presidency.

Read the full site information


Lumberton, NC, October 24, 2017 – The Anne Moss-Biggs Library at Robeson Community College has been awarded a $8,376.00 grant to be used for the creation of a FabLab to serve the students, staff, and faculty at Robeson Community College.  This project was supported by grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (IMLS grant number LS-00-17-0034-17).  

These federal funds are investments that help libraries deliver relevant and up-to-date services for their communities. At the Anne Moss-Biggs Library, the LSTA grant is being used to purchase cutting-edge equipment with which the RCC community of users can work collaboratively to design posters and presentations, podcasts and videos, and 3D objects.  Library Director, Maryellen O’Brien, said “The new FabLab will provide RCC students with the opportunity to explore applications and technologies that will not only benefit them in their college studies, but which will prepare them for entry into the 21st Century workforce.”     

The Anne Moss-Biggs Library received one of the 39 competitive grants for fiscal year 2017-2018 awarded to North Carolina libraries from this year’s federal allotment of $4,428,172.  The LSTA grant program administered by the State Library of North Carolina funds library projects across the state that advance literacy and lifelong learning, expand access to library resources and expertise, promote partnerships and collaboration, and digitize materials important to the cultural heritage of North Carolina.  

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. Through the LSTA Grants to States program IMLS provides funds to State Library agencies using a population-based formula. State libraries may use the appropriation to support statewide initiatives and services; they may also distribute the funds through competitive subgrants to public and academic libraries.  To learn more about the Institute, please visit  

For more information about North Carolina’s LSTA program visit the State Library of North Carolina’s LSTA web page at or contact the State Library’s Federal Programs Consultant at 919-807-7423.

For more information about the Anne Moss-Biggs Library at Robeson Community College, visit 


Cliffs of the Neuse State Park

The site of Cliffs of the Neuse State Park, with impressive cliffs overlooking the Neuse River, has been a landmark for centuries. Five hiking trails explore the riverside habitats and their mature forests and lead to some quiet fishing spots along the waterway. A favorite facility for the local communities is an 11-acre swimming lake with a bathhouse, grass-covered lawn, sandy beach and diving platform with rental boats available. Expansive picnic grounds are nearby. The park has group campsites and a 35-site family campground. A visitor center offers museum-quality exhibits that explore the natural and cultural history of the region, complementing regular interpretive programs.

Cliffs of the Neuse State Park

240 Park Entrance Road
Seven SpringsNC 28578
Phone 919-778-6234


November's News from the Mountains
Dear Friends,  

Happy fall! Or is it winter already? We got our first taste of snow this past week (check out Michael's photo from Cades Cove below). While we're on the topic, make sure you're following SmokiesRoadsNPS on Twitter for the latest updates on road closures and hazards. You can see the info there even without a Twitter account, FYI.

In this month's News from the Mountains, get the scoop on GivingTuesday and our radio system fundraiser, more on Chimney Tops Trail, and some important updates from our NC office.

As always, be sure to check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for important info about the park and the very best Smokies photos we can get our paws on.

Thank you for being a Friend,
Brent McDaniel
Director of Marketing
Friends of the Smokies


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.



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