FAYETTEVILLE – On July 31 at 7 p.m., 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 Fayetteville Arsenal was one of the key reasons that Union General William Sherman brought his army to Fayetteville in March 1865. A facility that originally took up an entire city block, and 18 years to construct, was leveled in a matter of hours by Union troops on their way out of town. Greathouse will walk the audience through those 18 years of construction, which included several additions made by the Confederate government once it took ownership.
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 learn more about joining the organization.
For more information, call 910-486-1330.
The Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex, located on the corner of Bradford and Arsenal avenues in Fayetteville, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is part of the Division of State History Museums, Office of Archives and History, within the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives. The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources serves as a champion for North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy. To learn more, visit www.ncculture.com.