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Lee County
History of Lee County

Old City Hall - Sanford, North Carolina


Possibly the most recognizable of all historic buildings in Lee County, the Old City Hall was finished in 1910. Now home to the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce, the building has been home to city offices, civic meeting rooms, public school classrooms and even a volunteer fire department.

Lee was formed in 1907 from Moore and Chatham counties. The act was to become effective April 1, 1908. It was named in honor of Robert E. Lee. It is in the central section of the state and is bounded by Harnett, Moore and Chatham counties. The present land area is 257.26 square miles.  Lee County is made up of the City of Sanford and the Town of Broadway. Sanford's population is 28,401 in 2014 and Lee County's population is 59,662.

Companies that are currently operating in Lee County are Fortune 500 companies – Moen. Coty. Caterpillar. Pfizer. Tyson. Magneti Marelli. Frontier Spinning. Static Control. Also home to smaller well-known manufacturers such as Mertek Solutions, Inc. and Red Wolf.

Lee County offers worldwide access, through its solid transportation network. A world-class workforce, supported by outstanding industrial training and prepared to produce results. And, an exceptional quality of life, offering the conveniences of small town life with quick and easy access to Raleigh, Durham and the rest of this famed Research Triangle region.
- Source: J.D. Lewis - Little River, SC

Points of interest:

·         Temple Theatre, Carolina’s Center for the Performing Arts. Cue the audiences in this restored 1920’s vaudeville venue. A designated national landmark that draws more than 30,000 theatre goers annually with a star-studded schedule of musical and theatrical performances.  As a training stage for young theatre artists, the Temple is also setting the stage for tomorrow’s great performances.

·         Sanford Arts & Vine Festival. This spirited two-day celebration of art showcases the work of North Carolina’s leading potters and artisans, as well as the products of the state’s premier vintners, brewers and vineyards. The fruits of their labor to sip and savor: A can’t miss for connoisseurs and fun-lovers of all kinds.

·         Deep River Sporting Clays. Explore a venerated shooting art at its best on a complex course set amidst lush natural scenery at Deep River Sporting Clays, host to the premier Southern Side by Side Championship and Exhibition. Also home to the annual Chamber’s Clays Championship.

·         Raleigh Exec Jetport @ Sanford-Lee—Knowledge moves fast in the Research Triangle, and so do people with this well-appointed executive gateway, offering a 6,500 x 100-ft. runway with pavement strength to accommodate up to 100,000 pounds. Catering, weekly food trucks, general aviation flying club, corporate hangers and other amenities available.

·         Central Carolina Community College (CCCC): Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center. A main campus in Sanford makes CCCC a convenient choice; outstanding instruction and a diverse array of programs make it the smart choice. More than 12,000 students choose CCCC every year, and home to the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center that is the venue for just about any event. From corporate events, weddings and business expos – the Civic Center can do it all.