Fun Facts About Fayetteville, NC
Fayetteville, North Carolina, is also the only Fayetteville that namesake Marquis de Lafayette ever actually visited. The French aristocrat and American Revolutionary War hero visited the city on a grand tour of the United States in 1824.
The Golden Corral buffet chain originated in Fayetteville. When it opened in 1973, it was known as “Golden Corral Family Steak House.”
The Fayetteville Observer’s office was one of many casualties of General Sherman’s destructive march through the Confederate South. Sherman targeted the newspaper due to the editor’s strong support for the Confederate cause.
The Fayetteville area was once a significant wine producer: during the 1880s, the 60-acre Tokay Vineyard was thought to be “the largest single vineyard this side of the Rocky Mountains.”
Babe Ruth hit his first-ever professional home run at Cape Fear Fair Grounds in Fayetteville in 1914. Ruth was a 19-year-old rookie for the Baltimore Orioles, and the ball traveled an estimated 350 feet.