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National Hollerin' Contest

Held in Spivey's Corner on the third Saturday in June, the contest features festive activities such as singing, dancing, games, arts and crafts, delicious food, and family entertainment. For more information, call (910) 567-2600.    

 

Churches

Anderson Church  

Bunnlevel

 

Anderson Creek Church  

Bunnlevel

 

Antioch Church  

Mamers

 

Bethel Church  

Erwin

 

Bethlehem Church  

Lillington

 

Black River Church  

Dunn

 

Black River Grave Church  

Angier

 

Calvary Church  

Olivia

 

Cape Fear Church  

Lillington

 

Cedar Grove Church  

Lillington

 

Cedar Rock Church  

Lillington

 

Chalk Level Church  

Cokesbury

 

Chapel Hill Church  

Mamers

 

Cool Springs Church  

Mamers

 

Cumberland Church  

Cokesbury

 

Davis Chapel  

Bunnlevel

 

Divine Street United Methodist Church  

Dunn

 

East Erwin Baptist Church  

Erwin

 

Ebenezer Church  

Benson

 

Ephesus Church  

Anderson Creek

 

Erwin Chapel  

Erwin

 

Erwin Church of God  

Erwin

 

Erwin Presbyterian Church  

Erwin

 

Erwin United Methodist Church  

Erwin

 

Fellowship Church  

Lillington

 

First Baptist Church of Dunn  

Dunn

 

First Baptist Church of Erwin  

Erwin

 

First Free Will Baptist Church  

Erwin

 

First Presbyterian Church  

Dunn

 

Friendship Church  

Bunnlevel

 

Garners Chapel  

Murchisontown

 

Gourd Springs Church  

Anderson Creek

 

Green Chapel  

Lillington

 

Grove Church  

Fuquay-Varina

 

Harmony Church  

Bunnlevel

 

Hillmons Grove Church  

Olivia

 

Hodges Chapel  

Benson

 

Holly Springs Church  

Broadway

 

Hood Memorial Christian Church  

Dunn

 

Johnson Memorial Church  

Erwin

 

Johnsonville Church  

Olivia

 

Jonesboro Church  

Dunn

 

Layton Chapel  

Anderson Creek

 

Leaflet Church  

Mamers

 

Lees Grove Church  

Dunn

 

Leslie Church  

Dunn

 

Linden Chapel  

Bunnlevel

 

Long Branch Church  

Dunn

 

Love Grove Church  

Broadway

 

Macedonia Church  

Murchisontown

 

Macedonia Church  

Cokesbury

 

McCoy Grove Church  

Lillington

 

McLeans Church  

Bunnlevel

 

McRaes Chapel  

Anderson Creek

 

Memorial Church  

Olivia

 

Moore-Union Church  

Mamers

 

Morris Chapel  

Broadway

 

Mount Ariel Church  

Bunnlevel

 

Mount Moriah Church  

Murchisontown

 

Mount Olive Church  

Anderson Creek

 

Mount Pisgah Church  

Broadway

 

Mount Pleasant Church  

Bunnlevel

 

Murchison Chapel  

Murchisontown

 

Neighbors Grove Church  

Dunn

 

Neills Creek Church  

Lillington

 

North Clinton Avenue Baptist Church

Dunn

 

Oak Grove Church  

Erwin

 

Paradise Church  

Mamers

 

Pleasant Grove Church  

Erwin

 

Pleasant Hill Church  

Bunnlevel

 

Pleasant Memory Church  

Coats

 

Pleasant Plains Church  

Coats

 

Pleasant Union Church  

Lillington

 

Porters Chapel  

Erwin

 

Prospect Church  

Coats

 

Raven Rock Church  

Mamers

 

Red Hill Church  

Benson

 

Sacred Heart Catholic Church  

Dunn

 

Saint Stephens Episcopal Church  

Erwin

 

Sansom Chapel  

Erwin

 

Smith Grove Church  

Erwin

 

Spring Hill Church  

Anderson Creek



St. John Church

Johnsonville

 

Summerville Church  

Lillington

 

Tabernacle Church  

Bunnlevel

Teach All Nations Church
Anderson Creek

 

Turlington Grove Church  

Erwin

 

Union Church  

Anderson Creek

 

Union Grove Church  

Broadway

 

Walkers Chapel  

Erwin

 

Wesley Chapel  

Lillington

 

West M Street Pentecostal Church  

Erwin

 

Westfield Baptist Church  

Erwin

 

White Oak Church  

Anderson Creek

 

Williams Chapel  

Olivia

 

Woodside Church  

Mamers 

 

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History of Harnett County


Old Harnett County Courthouse (1897-2003)

 

Harnett was formed in 1855 from Cumberland County. It was named in honor of Cornelius Harnett, an eminent Revolutionary patriot, president of the Provincial Council, president of the Council of Safety, delegate to the Continental Congress, and author of the Halifax Resolutions of April 12, 1776. It is in the eastern section of the State and is bounded by Chatham, Cumberland, Hoke, Moore, Lee, Wake, Johnston, and Sampson counties. The present land area is 595.01 square miles and the 2000 population was 91,025.

The courts were ordered to be held at Summerville until a courthouse was erected unless otherwise directed by a majority of the justices of the peace. It also named commissioners to locate the geographical center of the county, acquire the land, lay out a town, and erect the public buildings. The town was called Toomer in honor of John D. Toomer of Cumberland, a judge of the superior and of the supreme court. Many people became dissatisfied with the location, and in 1859 an act was passed to allow the voters to decide whether Toomer should remain the county seat or to select a new location. If a new site was selected, it should be called Lillington. Lillington was named in honor of Alexander Lillington. It is the county seat. 


The county became a political entity in 1855, and was formed from Cumberland County. It was named for the Revolutionary War Patriot, Cornelius Harnett, delegate to the Continental Congress. The first settlers came in the mid 1720s, and were followed by the Highland "Scots." The Scots settled in the foothills rather than in the rich alluvial soil area of the coastal plains. After the defeat by the British of Bonny Prince Charles at Culloden, the Scots came up the Cape Fear River in ever-increasing numbers and settled in western Harnett County. The British also settled along the banks of the Cape Fear River in the coastal area, generally from Erwin to Wilmington.

 

During the Revolutionary War, the Scots, who were forced to take ironclad vows never again to take up arms against the British, were considered as traitors. Since their activity assisted the British against the American Patriots, public executions were not uncommon. One site near Lillington was the scene of a mass execution of Scot "Traitors."

One of the last battles of the War Between the States took place at Averasboro near Erwin. General Sherman's army, on its march to the sea, defeated the army of General Hardee and proceeded eastward. The centennial celebration of that event was held at the site of the battlefield in 1965.

Only after 1880, did the population begin to establish itself in urban rather than rural areas. Lillington, Dunn, Coats, Angier, and Erwin became trading and commercial areas. Today more than one-fifth of the population resides in towns or villages. Agriculture and agricultural products are the greatest source of income to the county. The preponderance of the population is either engaged directly in agriculture or derives a major portion of its income from the economy created by agricultural pursuits.

Harnett County is now moving into the industrial development phase. Community planning is being undertaken on an unprecedented scale and new leadership is emerging which holds promise of broadening the county's economic base. The western and southwestern portion of Harnett County could easily become the playground of east-central Carolina. The terrain, the geological character and its proximity to large and growing metropolitan areas place this portion in an excellent competitive position. History is made by people, and the people of Harnett County accept the challenge that tomorrow shall hold unlimited opportunity.

- Source: J.D. Lewis - Little River, SC 
 http://www.carolana.com/


More Information

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 91,025 people, 33,800 households, and 24,099 families residing in the county. The population density was 153 people per square mile (59/km²). There were 38,605 housing units at an average density of 65 per square mile (25/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 71.13% White, 22.50% Black or African American, 0.87% Native American, 0.65% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 3.21% from other races, and 1.57% from two or more races. 5.86% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 33,800 households out of which 36.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.20% were married couples living together, 13.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.70% were non-families. 23.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.00% under the age of 18, 10.60% from 18 to 24, 32.10% from 25 to 44, 19.90% from 45 to 64, and 10.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 97.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,105, and the median income for a family was $41,176. Males had a median income of $30,265 versus $22,283 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,775. About 11.30% of families and 14.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.20% of those under age 18 and 19.40% of those age 65 or over.

-Source: Wikipedia

Points of Interest

Raven Rock State Park

Address: 3009 Raven Rock Road, Lillington, NC 27546
Office Phone: (910) 893-4888

Email: info.ravenrock@ncmail.net

Should the humdrum of the work week leave you with the urge to travel and explore, head to Raven Rock State Park. Adventure is just an hour's drive from the Research Triangle and only 45 minutes from the Fayetteville area. The first feeling you are likely to experience at Raven Rock is one of renewal. Here, the forest reigns as each year the timeless cycle of growth further heals age-old wounds inflicted by man. Nature triumphs as plants compete in the stages of forest succession and the woodlands are restored. High above the Cape Fear River stands Raven Rock, its austere beauty a testament to the forces that have shaped the land. As the river below rushes to join the sea, nature's elements continue to shape the surface of this natural monument.

Spend some time at Raven Rock State Park and let nature refresh your spirit.

- Source: http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/raro/main.php


Averasboro Battlefield and Museum

In March 1865, the Battle of Averasboro (also called Averysborough, Smith's Mill and Black River) was the first deliberate, tactical resistance to the infamous march of Federal forces through Georgia and the Carolinas. The battle was fought on the plantation lands of the John Smith family four miles south of the Cape Fear River town of Averasboro.
 
Today the cannons are silent. The battle-scarred plantation lands are quiet. 

But the memory remains of those both military and civilian who suffered and died during the Battle of Averasboro. Their valor and sacrifice deserves to be perpetually honored.

Visit: http://www.averasboro.com/Default.aspx