Introduction to Clinton, North Carolina
A group of Scotch-Irish immigrants were the first European settlers to arrive in this region in 1740. John Sampson, one of the settlers, later served as the Lieutenant General of the county's militia, and then became the first mayor of Wilmington, North Carolina. His stepson, Richard Clinton, also defended Wilmington against the British, and in the following years, played a significant role in Duplin County's government. In fact, he was largely responsible for creating Sampson County, which was named in honor of his stepfather. Clinton was officially incorporated as a city in 1852. It developed as a major agricultural marketing center.
Clinton and Nearby Attractions
- Averasboro Battlefield Museum
- Bentonville Battleground State Historic Site
- Jones Lake State Park
- Sampson County History Museum
- J.C. Raulston Arboretum
Things To Do In Clinton
The city of Clinton is home to the Sampson County History Museum, which features artifacts that reflect the history, culture, and heritage of the region. Averasboro Battlefield Museum's exhibits commemorate the 1865 Battle of Averasboro. Bentonville Battleground State Historic Site, a place of historic interest near Clinton, is the site of a Civil War battle that occurred in 1865, and resulted in the defeat of the Confederates at the hands of the Union forces. The J.C. Raulston Arboretum, and Airlie Gardens are other popular destinations in the area. Visitors to the 2,208-acre Jones Lake State Park can enjoy fishing, swimming, boating, camping, hiking, and picnicking. In addition, the community hosts the Court Square Street Fair & BBQ Cook-off in October every year.
Air transportation is available from Raleigh-Durham International Airport.
Clinton Higher Education
Sampson Community College is situated in Clinton. Fayetteville State University, Mount Olive College, and Wake Technical Community College are among the nearby colleges.