On-Going for the summer: Fridays at 2:00 pm -- FREE
Arsenal Tours - The Museum is pleased to offer free guided tours of the Fayetteville Arsenal grounds again this summer. Tours are scheduled for 2:00 pm on Fridays through August 15. Come early and visit our Civil War gallery on the 2nd floor of the museum to view artifacts from the Arsenal including the museum's collection of Fayetteville Rifles and learn more about its history prior to your tour. A volunteer will be stationed in the Civil War gallery on Fridays beginning at 1:00 pm to answer questions and provide information.
The Building of the Fayetteville Arsenal
July 31, 7:00 pm -- FREE
Jim Greathouse, senior museum specialist for the City of Fayetteville, and co-chair of the NC Military Historical Society, Fayetteville Chapter, will present a slide show on The Building of the Fayetteville Arsenal, at the Museum of the Cape Fear. The arsenal’s cornerstone was laid in 1838 and by 1854, building construction was completed. In March of 1865, the Union army razed the arsenal as they made their way through North Carolina. Ironically, the government that built the arsenal was the same government that destroyed it. This presentation is being co-sponsored by the Museum of the Cape Fear and the Fayetteville Chapter of the NC Military Historical Society, which meets at the museum every other month. The presentation is open to the public, and anyone interested in learning more about the NC Military Historical Society is welcome to remain after the presentation to hear about membership. For more information, call 910-486-1330. For more information about the NC Military Historical Society, please visit http://www.ncmhs.
Festival of Yesteryear: A Celebration of Early America
Sept. 6, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Focusing on the Colonial and Revolutionary War periods, this living history program features re-enactors demonstrating various aspects of daily life including woodworking, music, toys and games, militia drills, and even colonial dentistry! Living history groups include Camp Flintlock, the North Carolina Highland Regiment, and Captain Dry’s Militia Company. Be sure to visit Apprentice Alley, where children can participate and learn a variety of trades through hands on crafts and activities. This event is held annually the Saturday after Labor Day and in partnership with Fayetteville’s Lafayette Birthday Celebration honoring Revolutionary War hero marquis de Lafayette. For more on Lafayette’s Birthday Celebration visit www.lafayettesociety.org. This event is sponsored by a grant from the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County.