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Welcome from the Lumberton 
Visitors Bureau
by Mickey Gregory, Executive Director

The Lumberton Visitors Bureau takes great pride in promoting Lumberton to travelers.  When our City was incorporated in 1859, residents could never have envisioned what a strategic location their town, a shipping point for lumber and naval supplies, would become in the future age of interstate highways.  Halfway between New York and Florida, directly off north-south Interstate 95 and close to east-west Interstate 74, the City is just a short drive from North Carolina’s beaches and mountains.  

Lumberton offers a warm, relaxed lifestyle with the charm and natural beauty of a small southern city. The historic Lumber River flows through the downtown area.  “Brake” here, spend the night and wake up to history, culture and fun.  Hike and bike on the Riverwalk near Historic Downtown as you breathe in the beauty of the Lumber River, listed as a National Wild and Scenic River.  It is the only black water river to earn this designation and it was voted one of North Carolina’s Top Ten Natural Wonders in 2010.  Lumberton invites you to enjoy our wonderful location, seasonal climate, natural beauty and friendly people.    

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Summer Classic Movie Series at the Sunrise Theater

July will see five classic movies on Thursday evenings at the Sunrise Theatre in downtown Southern Pines. Shows are bargain priced at $5 and begin at 7:30. Leading off on the 3
rd will be the musical “Cabaret”, followed by “Top Gun”, the beloved “Casablanca” on the 17th, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, and on the final day of the month, “Gremlins”.

Perfect for July is John Hughes’ best movie because it is about the pursuit of happiness. I’m referring to “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”. An independent spirit? Why, yes. Matthew Broderick stars as the teenaged Ferris in a role that director Hughes says would have been perfect for the young Jimmy Stewart. Also starring are Mia Sara as the girlfriend and Alan Ruck(twenty-nine at the time) as the depressed best friend, as well as a 1961 Ferrari California convertible. Who could resist? Also from 1986, as was Top Gun, the movie is about a high schooler who simply needs a day away from the halls of education. He’s needed so many days off, however, that one more absence means repeating the year. Dean of Students Mr. Rooney, played by Jeffrey Jones in the role of a career, wants to catch Ferris in the act and suffers greatly for his efforts. No days off in the adult world. In writer, producer, director Hughes’ self- described love letter to his home town of Chicago, Bueller and company attend a Cubs game(and make a TV replay), visit the art Institute of Chicago(watch for Nighthawks), eat at an expensive restaurant with a snooty, incompetent maitre’d (Ferris’s dad is there) and wind up at the Von Steuben Day parade where Ferris sings “Danke Schoen” and “Twist and Shout”(a version Paul McCartney says has too much brass). Too much brass….Ten thousand citizens showed up to shoot the parade scene on a few day’s notice and the fun is evident on screen. Co-starring in memorable small roles are Edie McClurg as the school secretary who can hold three pencils in her big hair, Ben Stein as a supply side lecturing teacher, Charlie Sheen as a delinquent in an anticipatory role, and Jennifer Grey(daughter of Joel) as a long suffering sister. The Ice Cream Parlor is sponsoring the movie even George will has described as effortless escapism.
Last but not least in July is the 1984 black comedy “Gremlins”. Written by Chris Columbus of Home Alone and Mrs. Doubtfire directorial fame and directed by Joe Dante, who was handpicked by executive producer Stephen Spielberg, this one comments on no less than Western Civilization itself. A well meaning Dad buys a Chinese “monster” or, mogwai, as a Christmas present for his teenaged son. Named Gizmo by young Billy(Zach Galligan) it’s not long before the care and handling rules(no sun, no getting wet, no food after midnight) are broken. Mayhem ensues. (Western Civilization?) Mogwais are microwaved, they reproduce, they go to the movies where they enjoy Snow White and her own “monsters”. Singer-songwriter Hoyt Axton is the father and Polly (Flo from the “Alice” TV show) Holiday plays unforgettable Mrs. Deagle. Gremlins wound up 1984 as the second highest grossing movie after Ghostbusters and was influential in the idea of splitting the difference between “R” and “PG” ratings. “PG13” was the result.  Moubry Dental of Southern Pines is sponsoring.

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The People of Sneedsborough

By John Jennings Dunlap, III


Much has been written about Sneedsborough, but we still know so little. Many of those writings are suppositions rather than factual.


In this article I plan to tell you what we know about some of the people who established and settled Sneedsborough. Many became prominent citizens of the county, state, and nation.


Sneedsborough, the second town to be established in Anson County, existed only 40 years or so, from 1795 to around 1835. It was located on the Pee Dee River, some two miles east of present McFarlan. Authorization to establish a town was enacted by the General Assembly in1795. Sixty-four half-acre lots, with convenient streets, were laid off. In 1800 the Charter was amended to include the dwelling home of William Johnson and instead of sixty-four lots, the number was increased to 250.


Sneedsborugh was the dream of Richard Edgeworth, who arrived in the Pee Dee area in the 1780s.With funds from his father, he purchased 512 acres in Anson County on September 22, 1794. He named the property Ashton.


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Anson County Events


Aug. 16th


Red Hill Quartet and Friends Gospel Bluegrass

Ansonia Theatre

7:30pm Wadesboro, NC


Aug. 20th

Bach’s Lunch Music and Lunch

First Presbyterian Church

12pm Wadseboro, NC


Aug. 22nd and 23rd


Cindabella “A Southern Fried Fairytale”

Ansonia Theatre

7:30pm on 22nd; 3pm on 23rd


Aug. 24th


“In One Ear and Out the Other”

Ansonia Theatre

3pm Wadesboro, NC

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Loved by young and old, the Horn in the West drama is located in the heart of Boone, North Carolina in one of the most beautiful outdoor theatres in the country. This adventure, from our nation's heritage, has offered thrilling outdoor entertainment to generations of Americans since it premiered in 1952.

Online Ticket purchasing is now available! 
Make your reservation online today!

Horn in the West 2014 Season

Dates: June 27 to August 16, Nightly Except Mondays
Times: 7:30pm Preshow; 8:00pm Main Performance

Rates: VIP Package: Adult VIP $34 and Child (12 and under) $24
(Gold Level Seating*) PLUS Complimentary Souvenir Program, VIP Lanyard, Guided Museum Tour, Daniel Boone Native Gardens Admission, Special Gift, Seat Cushion, Popcorn and a Drink

*Gold Level Seating: Adult Gold $25 and Child (12 and under) $13 
(First few rows of Upper or Lower Center Sections)

General Reserved: Adult Gen. $20 and Child (12 and under) $10

Enjoy dinner on our grounds before the show! 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Dinner with Dan'l: A delicious Southern cuisine buffet, catered by Dan'l Boone Inn, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights only. Complete with crispy fried chicken, country ham, biscuits, green beans, stewed apples and strawberry shortcake for dessert. Adults: $15 - Children: $9. Advanced reservations required.

2014 Horn in the West County Nights
$10 Discount* Performance Tickets!

June 27, 28: Watauga Co. (opening weekend)
July 4, 5 and 6: Johnson Co., TN and Avery Co.
July 11, 12 and 13: Ashe Co, Alleghany Co. and Caldwell Co.
July 18, 19 and 20: Wilkes Co.
(starts over)
July 25, 26 and 27: Johnson Co., TN and Avery Co.
August 1, 2 and 3: Ashe Co. and Caldwell Co.
August 8, 9 and 10: Wilkes Co.
August 15 and 16: Watauga Co. (closing weekend)

*Call or stop by Ticket Office to make reservation at discounted price



The core of Campbell House was actually part of the original Boyd home, built in 1903 on the site of the present Weymouth Center. James Boyd, the family patriarch and a well known author, intended to replace the Boyd home with a more elegant home. Not until the early ’20′s was his plan realized, when his heirs, grandsons James and Jackson Boyd, removed portions of the old house, including “the big room” as it was called, to form the basis of Jack Boyd’s home at 482 E. Connecticut Avenue.

In 1946, Major W.D. Campbell, who was discharged from Fort Bragg, bought the 14-acre property. Always involved with the cultural happenings in Southern Pines, Major and Mrs. Campbell gave the Campbell House property to the Town of Southern Pines in 1966 and specified that it be used for “the cultural and social enrichment of the inhabitants of the community.”

True to their wishes, the Campbell House continues to be fully utilized by the Arts Council of Moore County, Southern Pines Recreation & Parks Department, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Southern Pines Garden Club, and many other organizations throughout Moore County. A more complete history is available at the Campbell House.

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NC Spotlight:  The Dixon Brothers

photo credit: Country Music Originals by Tony Russell

As tough as the life of a professional musician must have been in the '30s, the plight of a typical Carolina millworker was a whole lot worse. This was the background that Dorsey and Howard Dixon were born into, as they and their family all worked in the mills of Darlington, Lancaster, and Greenville, SC, as well as East Rockingham, NC. Dorsey was born October 5, 1897, and his brother on June 9, 1903. Music was an outlet from the long hours, lousy pay, and miserable factory conditions, with the workers often picked on by their bosses for being so-called hillbillies, and persecuted by local police for being so-called communists. Perhaps a career in country music was inevitable for hillbilly communists and it surely must have seemed like it would be more rewarding. At any rate, Dorsey picked up guitar at 14 and switched to fiddle later. When his little brother also figured out chords on the guitar, the two put together a fiddle-guitar duo, although the older brother continued practicing guitar. The most important musical influence on the Dixons was a local guitarist named Jimmy Tarleton, who had been a member of a successful duo, Darby and Carleton. The Depression had sandbagged this duo's career, so Tarleton had returned to the Little Hanna Pickett Mill in East Rockingham and his old job as a textile worker. He made friends with the brothers and the talk frequently turned to music, with lots of song trading going on. The brothers flipped over Tarleton's slide-guitar sound, which was much more heavily influenced by black blues styles. A strength of the Dixon Brothers' sound inevitably was the blues influence they filtered down through their friend, the result being a bit less of an overt blues influence, but plenty of stylistic shading. Howard also switched instruments because of his new friend, so enamored was he with the sound of the National steel. This in turn had an effect on Dorsey's guitar style. He ditched the flatpick and began working out his own approach to the instrument. Tarleton later repaid the debt by recording "Weaver's Blues," his own version of a Dixon Brothers song entitled "Weaver's Life." the Dixon Brothers began performing in 1932 at local shindigs, but really began their professional career two years later on the WBT Saturday Night Jamboree. This was a popular show and led to work outside the area and eventual recording opportunities with Victor.





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.



Both restaurants are newly renovated, owned and operated by the original Coleman family... serving excellent seafood, in the true Calabash style, since 1940!  
 Coleman's Opens at 4pm daily.

Fabio's Restaurant in Downtown Newland... celebrating more than 7 years in business!

Cuisine that is always "exciting and new" from the former executive chef of the Love Boat!

Wonderful Wine Tastings at Fabio's!

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106 Pineola St Newland, NC.


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