Introduction to Laurinburg, North Carolina
The present day city of Laurinburg was first settled in 1785. It was named after the McLaurin family, the area's prominent settlers. Originally, it was spelled Laurinburgh but, eventually, the letter h was dropped from the name. The area's first private school was established in 1852 and was known as Laurinburgh High School. The Wilmington, Charlotte and Rutherfordton Railroad first entered the city in 1861. Laurinburg was incorporated in 1877 and became the county seat, of the newly formed Scotland County, in 1899.
Laurinburg and nearby Attractions
- Historic John Blue House and Cotton Gin
- Scottish Heritage Center
- Indian Museum of the Carolinas
- Raeford Hoke Museum
- Marlboro County Historical Museum
- Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve
Things To Do In Laurinburg
Laurinburg is home to the Indian Museum of the Carolinas. You can also visit the Historic John Blue House and Cotton Gin and Marlboro County Historical Museum. The Ellicott Rock Wilderness, which is only few minutes from the city, offers facilities for camping, hiking, and fishing. You can enjoy shopping at the Westwood Shopping Center. The Cheraw State Recreation Area and Lumber River State Park are also worth visiting.
Air transportation is available from Moore County Airport.
Laurinburg Higher Education
St Andrews Presbyterian College is the local college. The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Francis Marion University, Fayetteville Technical Community College, and several other colleges and universities also offer higher educational facilities.