Introduction to Dunn, North Carolina
In the 1870s, present day Dunn was comprised primarily of woodlands with a few small cotton fields and farms. Gradually, logging camps and barrooms developed in the area. "Wade," "Lucknow," and "Hell's Half Acre" are some of the early names of the community. The name "Dunn" honors Mr. Bennett R. Dunn, who supervised the construction of a railroad between Wilson and Fayetteville. The city of Dunn was incorporated on February 12, 1887 when it was a logging town and a turpentine distilling center. More recently, the city has become dependent on agriculture, tourism, manufacturing, and distribution. Dunn is the hometown of the father of the American Airborne, General William C. Lee, and rock and roll guitar star, Link Wray.
Dunn and Nearby Attractions
- Averasboro Battlefield Museum
- Bentonville Battleground State Historic Site
- Raven Rock State Park
- J.C. Raulston Arboretum
- Fascinate-U Children's Museum
Things To Do In Dunn
Dunn is home to the General William C. Lee Airborne Museum, and the Averasboro Battlefield Museum. The General William C. Lee Airborne Museum showcases historical exhibits on the American Airborne and special operations units. Fayetteville Museum of Art, and Fascinate-U Children's Museum are other museums nearby. Bentonville Battleground State Historic Site, where a Civil War battle was fought in 1865, is also in the area. It was at this battle that the Union forces won a decisive victory over the Confederates. Raven Rock State Park offers facilities for camping, fishing, canoeing, hiking, and picnicking. Opportunities to play golf are available at the Chicora Golf Course. J.C. Raulston Arboretum is another popular destination in the area.
Air transportation is available from Raleigh - Durham International Airport.
Dunn Higher Education
Heritage Bible College is located in Dunn. Other nearby colleges include Fayetteville State University, Wake Technical Community College, and Meredith College.