Laurinburg, North Carolina
Laurinburg is the county seat - and the heart - of Scotland County. Although the size of the town may fool you into thinking there is not much to do it is, in fact, quite the opposite. The All-American City is home to numerous attractions including fantastic golf, multiple art galleries, incredible history, as well as endless acres of naturally beautiful landscape.
"The town is located conveniently on the southern border of North Carolina, allowing easy travel to the white beaches in both North Carolina and South Carolina."
Laurinburg also hosts numerous festivals and events such as the very popular Scottish Heritage weekend, where people of Scottish descent - or those who wish they were - gather to celebrate. The town also cherishes its historic past and history buffs will enjoy visiting places such as the John Blue House, which dates to the early 1800s. The owner, John Blue, was a self-educated inventor who helped further the cotton industry with his cotton stalk cutter and the John Blue Cotton Planter. The estate features additional historic cottages.
The first families settled Laurinburg in 1785 but the town was not incorporated until 1877. As with other North Carolina towns, the railroad was instrumental to its growth. The first train came through in 1861, just in time to pick up recruits heading off to fight in the Civil War. Because Union troops were trying to take Fort Fisher near Wilmington, those townspeople moved their shops inland to Laurinburg for safety. What was to be a short-lived venture lasted until 1894, when the shops left town and the textile industry moved in.
Laurinburg is accented by fields of cotton, the scenic Lumber River and the Lumber Region and acres upon acres of beautiful land filled with pine trees. The town is located conveniently on the southern border of North Carolina, allowing easy travel to the white beaches in both North Carolina and South Carolina. Although Laurinburg is primarily thought of as a farming region, industry has made its mark and continues to prosper in the small town. Scotland County encourages the growth of industry and business and proves that, although small, the town has big city ideas and big city possibilities. Laurinburg is an inviting place with friendly residents who blend Scottish charm with the southern hospitality one would expect from such a town.
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