In 1783, two early settlements, Campbellton and Cross Creek, converged and were named Fayetteville, the first city in America to be named after the French General Lafayette. After the Revolution, with no permanent state capital, the NC state’s legislature periodically met here. In Fayetteville in 1789, North Carolina ratified the U.S. Constitution and chartered the University of North Carolina, America’s oldest state university. The sixth-largest metro area in North Carolina also has numerous historic sites, seven museums, three colleges and universities and many patriotic sites. Even though Fayetteville’s early history revolved around the shipping and trade on the Cape Fear River, it is now mostly known as the home of Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force Base. And while the "don’t ask don’t tell" policy governs the many LGBT military personnel, the city still boasts a vibrant and growing gay community with two gay nightclubs and several LGBT organizations.
One of the most beautiful restorations of a downtown is in progress and the city also has a wonderful small Museum of Art, a Transportation Museum and the new US Airborne and Special Operations Museum that has just opened.