History & Heritage
In Richmond County, NC we have more than a history, we have a heritage. Founded in 1779, the county grounds
were under foot of soldiers in both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. In 1865, Union General William Tecumseh
Sherman's army marched right through Rockingham on their way to Richmond, Virginia.
Many of the mansions that run along Fayetteville Road in Rockingham, NC date back to the antebellum period, and
the city of Hamlet later became an east coast railway hub at the turn of the century. The Bostick Schoolhouse in
Ellerbe, NC, is one of few surviving one-room schoolhouses in the state and offers a glimpse of what teaching
was like in the old days. The schoolhouse and several other buildings throughout Richmond County are officially
listed with the National Register of Historic Places.
Richmond County's history is rooted in agriculture. While other communities have lost that heritage, ours is still
alive and thriving today with small family farms, destination produce stands, peach orchards, and wineries.
Richmond County is defined by our authentic, small southern towns. From the railroad history in Hamlet,
the historic courthouse town of Rockingham, the agricultural center of Ellerbe, or the crossroad communities of
Hoffman and Norman, people can escape the hustle and bustle of the big city, and we are just a short drive away.
The Loch Haven Golf Center is a beautiful 18 Hole golf course surrounded by mature longleaf forests in the
Sandhills region of North Carolina just south of Rockingham, NC off of US 1. It is a challenging par 71 with yardage
racing at the Weekengo Farm Arena, to local lawn mower contests in Ellerbe, Richmond County fuels those with a
zeal for speed with a host of options throughout the year. If you have a love and appreciation of all models of
classic cars and motorcycles you will love our area Car Shows and Cruise-Ins. If your racing tastes have more of a
local flavor, then likely you’ll find the lawn mower races at “Lion’s Cage” in Ellerbe more than a little entertaining.
Sponsored by the Ellerbe Lion’s Club, this increasingly popular attraction pits dozens of competitors in divisions
from stock class all the way up to super modifieds! UNC-TV sent a camera crew to Richmond County in 2010 to
document the event, which later aired on the “North Carolina Weekend” show.
For those of you with a flair for horse-racing, Weekengo Farm Arena is one of the best Barrel Racing Arenas and
Marston also offers some of the best Barrel Racing in the area and is a great place to watch our area riders
Richmond County salutes our military serviceman, both past and current, and we are proud to offer several
military memorials and places to visit honoring our military. Contact the Richmond County Tourism Office for more
information and directions to our Military memorials and sites.
Museums & Arts:
Our creative community has inspired artists for generations. Here, art, theatre and music flourish inside the walls
of our thriving community's many venues. Come be inspired! Our venues range from the Discovery Place KIDS,
Richmond County's Great Outdoors:
Richmond County is a community of natural riches, with pristine forests, unspoiled rivers, and fertile farmland.
We’re proud of our two public game lands, the Sandhills and the Pee Dee River. The Sandhills has one of the
nation’s foremost long leaf pine ecosystems. Both game lands are operated under the control of the North Carolina
Wildlife Resources Commission and provide ample hunting, fishing, Horse trail-riding, hiking and exploring—usually
in solitude! The Gamelands of Hoffman boast 60,000 acres of wildlife. Saddle up and ride from the Longleaf Lodge,
formerly the Chadbourne Farm, onto miles and miles of sandy roads and paths through woods and around
ponds. Paddlers may try their hand at traversing a section of Hitchcock Creek Blue Trail, which runs right through
the heart of Rockingham as it winds toward the Pee Dee River.
The Webb Farm - Located on 1200 acres in south central North Carolina where the sandy rolling hills of wiregrass
and longleaf pine transition into open hardwood canopies, small scattered fields and rocky bedded streams of the
Pee Dee River Valley, The Webb Farm is a wingshooting experience unique to North Carolina and one of the noted
quail hunting venues of the South.
DeWitt's Outdoor Sports - Located in Ellerbe, N.C. just 16 miles N of Rockingham, N.C. and 1 hour south of
Greensboro, N.C. DeWitt's utilizes 65 acres of varied terrain, from the 600+ acres available. DeWitt’s offers a 14
station sporting clays course winding 1.2 miles. The course consists of 2 automatic traps per station offering a
variety of challenging yet enjoyable target presentations. You will shoot in wooded areas with smaller windows,
open fields, targets thrown from towers and shots over water.
Cast your line in one of many Richmond County fishing holes and tell us which fish are biting. We offer anglers
three large lakes from which to choose, Blewett Falls, McKinney and Indian Camp, along with countless other
smaller lakes that dot our landscape. Catfish are the most sought after fish, although there are also plentiful
Shad, Bream, Striped Bass and Mullet. You can choose to launch your own craft from one of our many public boat
ramps or select a professional fishing guide, such as Pee Dee Fishing Adventures. Rumor has it that state record-
sized catfish lurk under the submerged stumps of Blewett Falls Lake. And the state record is just shy of 90 pounds
Follow our link to great fishing spots in Richmond County!
You may know us from our rich racing history that begins with The Rock, but we are much more than that... We are also a community of natural riches, with pristine forests, unspoiled rivers, and fertile farmland. We are the entrance to Central Park NC and a base camp for people who want to experience the great outdoors.
Richmond County, NC is defined by our authentic, small southern towns. From the railroad history in Hamlet, the historic courthouse town of Rockingham, the agricultural center of Ellerbe, or the crossroad communities of Hoffman and Norman, people can escape the hustle and bustle of the big city, and we are just a short drive away.
Richmond County is one for the active. Children from all over the region flock to Discovery Place KIDS to laugh and learn. Sportsmen retreat here to hunt the lush longleaf pine woodlands of the Sand Hills Game Lands, get a unique wing-shooting experience at the hunting plantation, or even compete in field trials and sporting clays. Adventurers come to our scenic rivers and roads for canoeing, camping, fishing, hiking and biking experiences that are second to none.
Richmond County's history is rooted in agriculture. While other communities have lost that heritage, ours is still alive and well today with small family farms, destination produce stands, peach orchards, and wineries.
Most importantly, we offer visitors an escape to a more traditional time, one where we respect the land and nature, and are dedicated to its preservation. Whether it's outdoor adventure, agritourism, heritage tourism and yes, motorsports, Richmond County is the perfect getaway.