Fayetteville Area CVB Revamps Cultural Heritage Trails Website

New, Mobile-Friendly Site Allows Visitors to Create Their Own Custom Trail Experience

"Fayetteville, NC (September 12, 2016) – The Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (FACVB) today announced the launch of several interactive enhancements to its popular Cultural Heritage Trails, including a newly-designed mobile-friendly website, integrated map and GPS technology and custom trail building capabilities, offering users a self-guided tour of the countless unique attractions, restaurants and historical landmarks of Cumberland County.
In addition to popular Cultural Heritage Trails such as the military themed Patriots, Past & Present Trail, the recreational All-American Adventure Trail for active travelers, and the historically rich African-American Heritage Trail, the updated platform allows users to create their own custom trail based on their personal interests.  Whether architecture, cuisine, arts, religion, antiques or the Civil War, the increased mobility of the site gives travelers the opportunity to see it all in one trip. 
These exciting new enhancements are another indication of how the FACVB is working to provide visitors with more advanced tools and resources to enhance their overall experience in Cumberland County.  “By making the trails mobile-friendly, it allows travelers to follow the driving trails in real-time from any device,” explains FACVB President John Meroski. “The modern traveler wants to be able to customize their experience and these technological enhancements make it a seamless process.”
The Cultural Heritage Trails were launched in 2007 through a collaboration between the FACVB, area historians, attractions and 300 citizens. Offering 16 themed driving paths, covering 750+ miles, each trail showcases a different aspect of the community’s cultural or historical background and includes pre-planned routes with maps, addresses, descriptions and photographs. 
The complete list of Cultural Heritage Driving Trails includes:
  • African-American Heritage Trail- Explore sites that provide a historical glimpse into the life of African-Americans who resided in Fayetteville and Cumberland County. 
  • All-American Adventure Trail-From bird watching and fishing at our many parks to experiencing one of USA Today's 10 Great Ziplines at ZipQuest Waterfall and Treetop Adventure- Nature lovers and active vacationers, this is the experience for you. 
  • American Independence Trail- Explore Cumberland Country’s rich Revolutionary War history through a variety of museums, battlefields & other historical sites.
  • Civil War Trail- Cumberland County answered the call to duty during the Civil War playing a key role in delaying Union General Sherman’s March to the sea.  This trail features landmarks, battlefields & related historical sites.
  • Gaelic Beginnings Trail- America is the land of immigrants and that is certainly true in the Fayetteville area. Start at the beginning of our history with museums, churches and homes founded by early Scottish settlers.
  • Historic Architecture Trail- A visit to America’s Hometown would not be complete without admiring and exploring the architectural treasures of the area. The story of the development of this historical area can be told through the structures built long ago, but still stand proudly today.
  • Paths, Plank Roads & Planes Trail- Ride along this trail and take a trip back through time as your explore historical railroads, airfields, battlefields & a transportation museum.
  • Patri-Arts & Gardens Trail- Find wonderful opportunities to appreciate freedom of expression at its finest and find your best inspiration in our community of History, Heroes, and a Hometown Feeling.
  • Patriots, Past & Present Trail- Every corner of America’s Hometown reflects a rich sense of its patriotic culture.  Walk in the footsteps of our forefathers through historical military sites and museums.
  • Religious Freedom Trail - The Fayetteville area has a rich diversity of religious heritage. From very early on, religious institutions of all denominations developed throughout the area. Though primarily Christian congregations settled the area first, other religions arrived as the county’s population diversified in ethnicity and nationalities. 
  • International Cuisine Trail - There is an old saying around here that goes something like, ‘Point your compass in any direction in Cumberland County and you are bound to come across savory delicacies at every turn.’
  • Lafayette Trail - Fayetteville is named for the French proponent of liberty and hero of the American Revolutionary War, Marquis de Lafayette. Follow in the footsteps of his 1825 visit to the city.
  • Literary Lanes Trail - Cumberland County is the epicenter of some of the richest stories of American history. That is one of the reasons why you will find volumes of books re-telling our rich heritage across our dozens of libraries and bookstores.
  • Second-Hand Treasure Trail - The antique selection you'll find in Cumberland County is broad and rewarding. From vintage furniture to house wares, clothing to toys,  jewelry and civil war memorabilia, you never know what unexpected gem lies around the next corner.
  • Historical Markers Trail - Did you know that some of the most important events in America’s history took place in Fayetteville? From General Sherman’s infamous march to Babe Ruth’s first home run to the first African American to serve in Congress, our town is filled with points of archival interest. 
  • Fish & Game Trail- Cumberland County has plenty to offer when it comes to hunting and fishing. Here’s everything you’ll need - including a map of all the good spots.
To find out more about the Cultural Heritage Trails, go to www.visitfayettevillenc.com/culturalheritagetrails

About the FACVB:

The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and leisure travel. For additional information about America’s First Military Sanctuary Community, visit www.visitfayettevillenc.comor call 1-888-98-HEROES."

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