Up & Coming Weekly

September 05, 2017

Up and Coming Weekly is a weekly publication in Fayetteville, NC and Fort Bragg, NC area offering local news, views, arts, entertainment and community event and business information.

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SEPTEMBER 6 - 12, 2017 UCW 23 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM EVENTS Explore local history in a whole new way. e Downtown Alliance and the city of Fayetteville host monthly historic tours by horse and carriage lasting about 45 minutes each. "e tours cover Fayetteville's early history," said Hank Parfitt, founder and former president of the Downtown Alliance. "It covers colonial times, highland and lowland Scots immigrating here, the Revolutionary period, the 19th-century introduction of the railroad and some Civil War history. It is heavier on the earlier history because we really want people to un- derstand that Fayetteville has a rich and storied past." is month, the tour coincides with the Lafayette Birthday Celebration, and it is a special tour. ere will be a guided exploration of Cool Spring Tavern. e tavern is named after Cool Spring, an actual spring that provided water for the original town. "e spring was where many people from all levels of society would go to get water and to socialize," Parfitt said. "So it's pretty perfect that the new arts district is named the Cool Spring Downtown District. For those of us that really bought into the downtown revitalization, we saw downtown as a place for people of all social classes to come and socialize." e tour is a rare opportunity to look inside one of the most historic buildings in North Carolina. While the interior and exterior are close to the original look of the building, it is cur- rently being rented by Connections of Fayetteville for use as a training center to help reintegrate homeless women into the community. "e docent will be Lulie Harry," Parfitt said. "e house has been in her family since 1860. She will talk about the history of the building, share her family history and tell some family stories. It is a fun and educational tour that no one should miss. She is a great storyteller and a great teacher." e tour of Cool Spring Tavern will last around 25 to 30 minutes. All the tour guides are rigorously trained, but because of the success of the tours, there is a need for more. "We have grown a lot in our second year," Parfitt said. "We are interested in getting some more tour guides trained up. If anyone is interested, they should contact me at (910) 678- 8899. We have a training program. It is not very hard to be a tour guide if you like talking to people and love history. It's a lot of fun." e historic tours are popular among locals and visitors alike. Ad- vanced reservations are recommend- ed. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased at City Center Gallery Books at 112 Hay St. or by calling (910) 678-8899. ere is a military discount, and tickets for children between 3 and 12 years old cost $15. e tours run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and last about 45 minutes. e tours will depart from 232 Hay St. This month's tour coincides with the Lafayette Birthday Celebration and will feature a guided exploration of Cool Spring Tavern. Specialty Carriage Rides Explore Local History by ERINN CRIDER ERINN CRIDER, Staff Writer. COMMENTS? Editor@upandcom- ingweekly.com. (910) 484-6200. Tuesday, September 19, 2017 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Best of Fayetteville Awards Party are cordially invited YOU 20th Annual 'S Awards Presentation 6:30pm Mistress of Ceremonies, Cindy Blackwell Welcome: Bill Bowman, Publisher, Up & Coming Weekly Special Guests: N.C. Representatives Billy Richardson John Szoka County Commission Chairman Glenn Adams Fayetteville Mayor Nat Robertson Chamber of Commerce President Christine Michaels Better Business Bureau President John D'Ambrosio FACVB President John Meroski Guest Host WKML Carolina's Best and Most Country FOOD • FUN • PRIZES • SURPRIZES!

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