Carthage was laid out in 1803 and named the county seat in 1804. The town's growth from 1850 to 1929 was mostly due to a booming buggy manufacturing industry. At one point, Carthage became the "Detroit" of the horse-drawn carriage.
Henry Ford himself even visited here when first honing his own ideas of automobile mass production. Though Carthage was the home to one of the world's biggest buggy manufacturing plants, it was all but made obsolete by 1925 due to the rise of Ford's own horseless carriage.
Originally known as Tuftstown, Pinehurst was established in 1895 when Boston philanthropist James Tufts purchased 5,800 acres of area timberland. He was intrigued by the area's mild climate and wanted to create a winter retreat and health resort. By 1901, Tufts had opened what is now the Pinehurst Resort complete with riding, hunting, polo, bicycling, tennis and archery. The same year, Tufts hired Donald Ross, the "father of modern golf architecture" to oversee golf operations. By 1903 Pinehurst was a major national golf center.
In another colorful chapter of Pinehurst history, Annie Oakley, sharpshooter and star of the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show, arrived in 1916 and stayed for 4 years to give shooting exhibitions and instruction at the Pinehurst Gun Club.
The region also boasts a number of attractions and events. The annual Carthage Buggy Festival brings back a taste of the good old days. You'll also enjoy the Buggy Golf Tournament, Carthage Buggy Festival Barbecue Cook-Off and the Mayberry Comes to Carthage events. Other points of interest include the Westmoore pottery shops, the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, the Pinehurst Harness Track and the Scenic Midland Road - the "Fifth Avenue of Golf."
The Sandhills region is also a Mecca for Hollywood films such as "The Color Purple," "Billy Bathgate," "Brainstorm" and others.
Historic attractions include the Carthage Historic Museum, the Carthage Historic District, the House in the Horseshoe and others.
Public primary and middle schools include Sandhills-Farm Life, Carthage Elementary and Pinckney Academy. Pinehurst schools include Academy Heights Elementary and Pinehurst Elementary. Higher education in the area is served by Central Carolina Community College, Sandhills Community College, Fayetteville State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Pembroke, Campbell University and North Carolina Central University.
Area hospitals and medical centers near Carthage include the Firsthealth Moore Regional Hospital, Central Carolina Hospital and Chatham Hospital. Medical facilities near Pinehurst include the Sandhills Regional Medical Center, Firsthealth Richmond Memorial Hospital and Central Carolina Hospital.
Area recreational opportunities include Lake Luke Marion with a walking trail, abundant fish and wildlife. You'll also enjoy Aberdeen Lake, Heritage Lake, Reservoir Park, Weymouth Woods, Whitehall Center, Cannon Memorial Park and Lumber River State Park with fishing, camping and 115 miles of navigable river for canoeing.
Nancy Kiser Park is a 9-acre community park with a baseball/softball field, playground, tennis courts, basketball/volleyball courts, amphitheater and more.
Hillcrest Park is a 45-acre multi-purpose county park and athletic complex.
The nearby North Carolina Speedway hosts the finest stock car racing in the world. Little River Golf Club, a Dan Maples Classic, was named one of the top ten new courses in the United States by Golf Digest in 1996. Only a few miles away are 42 golf courses and the famed Pinehurst #2, site of the 1999 and 2005 U.S. Opens. Pine Needles Golf Club, site of the 2001 U.S. Women's Open, is also nearby.
As you can see, there's a lot to recommend about Carthage, Pinehurst, Moore County and the entire Sandhills region. But don't just take our word, come by our United Country office soon and see for yourself. We're here to help you with any and all your real estate needs.