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Lumberton in Robeson County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Lumberton Bicentennial Park

 
 
Lumberton Bicentennial Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, January 26, 2008
1. Lumberton Bicentennial Park Marker
Inscription. 1787–1987. On August 14, 1787, John Willis deeded to the Lumberton Lottery Managers 170 acres of land, “being the well known as Red Bluff where the courts are held,” to be sold in lots for the creation of the Town of Lumberton. This Bicentennial Park is located on the history Red Bluff.

The beginning corner in that deed was a red oak on the bank of Drowning Creek (now Lumber River) just west of the Bicentennial Park Monument. This oak was also the beginning corner of the 1768 royal land grant to John Wilson for 250 acres, of a 1774 land grant to John Willis for 500 acres, which together include all of the original Town of Lumberton and most of the City of Lumberton of 1987.

Also at this point in 1787 was the bridge across Drowning Creek for the two stage coach roads which crossed Robeson County and intersected near this spot. These roads and the Red Bluff, which served as a landing for river transportation, were the principal reasons for the location of Lumberton as Robeson County’s seat.

—Henry A. McKinnon, Jr., October 17, 1987.
 
Location. 34° 37.247′ N, 79° 0.618′ W. Marker is in Lumberton, North Carolina, in Robeson County. Marker is at the intersection of North Water Street and W 6th
Lumberton Bicentennial Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, January 26, 2008
2. Lumberton Bicentennial Park Marker
Old Route 72 5th Street bridge over the Lumberton River is in the background.
Street and W Elizabethtown Road, on the left when traveling north on North Water Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lumberton NC 28358, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Hebrew Congregation (within shouting distance of this marker); First Rural Health Department (approx. ¼ mile away); Thompson Institute (approx. one mile away); Angus W. McLean (approx. one mile away); John Willis (approx. one mile away); Burnt Swamp Association (approx. 7.8 miles away); Honorable Hamilton McMillan (approx. 11.7 miles away); University of N. C. at Pembroke (approx. 11.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lumberton.
 
Also see . . .  Lumberton, North Carolina. Wikipedia article. (Submitted on February 7, 2008.) 
 
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Lumberton Bicentennial Park, Monument, and Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, January 26, 2008
3. Lumberton Bicentennial Park, Monument, and Marker
Lumberton Bicentennial Time Capsule, 1787–1987 image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, January 26, 2008
4. Lumberton Bicentennial Time Capsule, 1787–1987
Sealed December 5, 1987, it is to be opened August 16, 2087.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 7, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,044 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 7, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   4. submitted on February 10, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photo of the red oak that marked the corner • Photos of the park and the river when the trees are in leaf • Photos of Lumberton • Can you help?
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