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“Interesting if you like history.”
Review of Markethouse

Markethouse
Ranked #11 of 47 things to do in Fayetteville
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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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62 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Interesting if you like history.”
Reviewed December 29, 2012 via mobile

I have lived in Fayetteville for a few years and I regularly pass the Market House while running and visiting downtown. It has an extensive history that includes use as a slave auction, local market, bank annex, and now a small local exhibition hall and gathering place. On the average day there is very little to do there except watch people go by on their daily business in Downtown Fayetteville. Aside from some engraved stones and historical markers, there isn't much. On Fourth Fridays in Fayetteville, the Market House is is usually a focal point with drum circles, occasional local dancers, and a small local history exhibit in the upstairs. The exhibit usually isn't too overly exciting but does a good job of informing visitors of different topics of local history each month.
I would never recommend someone travel to Fayetteville just to see it, but if you are in the Downtown Fayetteville area, it might be worth your while to snap a picture en route to some of the areas other attractions and parks.

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English first
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“The Markethouse from a Local”
Reviewed September 3, 2012 via mobile

The markethouse has long been a historical symbol in Fayetteville. It was not used simply for slavery. When the markethouse was built, it was a market place for everything from agricultural products, to household goods, to farm goods. The list goes on and on. If you are taking a trip to Fayetteville, it's worth a look. It has been beautifully renovated. Just drive up, park, and take a look at a beautiful piece of our history. Plus, it's free.

As for those who say it should be shut down, your reasoning is like saying that Gettysburg should be shut down. The waterfront at Wilmington was also used for the slave trade, but I have yet to see someone want to shut it down. The markethouse is included in city festivals that host people of every color. I think it's a great testimony to how far we've come.

Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. That's why it's important to see this monument and teach our future generations.

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Erwin, North Carolina
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138 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Great Place in History”
Reviewed August 7, 2012

This is one of the most beautiful buildings in Fayetteville NC...some wanted it torn down because it is were the slaves were sold...I would vote to keep it, it is a reminder of how far the nation has come plus we don't ever need to rid our country of history future generations need to be able to see for themselves what history really was.

Visited July 2012
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Fayetteville, North Carolina
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“nothing too exciting”
Reviewed July 28, 2012

Unless you're an architecture or history buff, this is nothing too exciting. I've heard that slaves were once auctioned off here.

Visited July 2012
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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Fourth Fridays are fun here!”
Reviewed July 11, 2012

They used to hang and sell slaves here. Crazy. Now they hold celebrations here. I am convinced this place is haunted.

Visited March 2012
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