Carthage, Ah sweet Carthage. A town
where time stands still and the neighborly
spirit and moral values have remained for over 100 years. Spending time here will not only take
you back in time, but it will also remind you of so many fond memories of
your childhood and what's really important in life.
As the county seat of Moore County, this beautiful
community has remained the same,
charming, rural town that has drawn locals to the area for years. A center
square with the old courthouse sitting smack dab in the middle and
businesses in old original buildings and surrounding areas that radiate out
from the square.
The town's mainstays in economic development have been
agriculture and farming, manufacturing and government. And even though there
are a couple of new shopping centers, the majority of the town remains
unchanged. Carthage's small businesses around town consist mainly of antique
shops, restaurants and eating joints, coffee shops, small clothing and
jewelry boutiques, and home furnishings.
For years people came from all over
to the Tyson and Jones Buggy factory to
what people considered to be the "cadillac" of buggies and carts, back
in the day. After the closing of the plant some years later, Henry Ford was
actually interested in the property and turning
it into an automotive plant, but when the owners refused to sell he moved on
The Buggy Festival still celebrates this history in the spring
with musicians, food, plenty of old buggies and carts, local vendors,
crafts, antiques and pottery, and a gathering of some 25,000 people from all
over. Many visitors that come in for the bi-annual antiques festival in
Cameron also come to The Buggy Festival, looking for that special piece of
pottery or history from the past.
Accommodations here are typically in
one of the 3 historic Bed and Breakfast
Inns in town, or in one of the outlying communities. Pinehurst is
only 15 minutes away. One of the great things about Sandhills living is the close
proximity of these dynamic small town communities. You can travel from one
to the other in 10-15 minutes or less.
The Old Buggy Inn in the historic
district of Carthage has been a favorite of many a traveler. The Old Buggy
Inn was built by W T Jones, president of the Tyson and Jones Buggy Factory,
in 1880. This historic Victorian B B is a fantastic place to get away and
relax at. Period furnishings, warm people, big rooms, relaxing grounds and
good food all make this a great place to stay.
Our Moore County government offices are also in Carthage,
conveniently located next to the intersection of Hwy 15/501 and Hwy 22.
Acreage and homes in the Carthage area are more affordable
than what you might find in the
Southern Pines or
County areas. Farms and homes with acreage are expectedly more expensive, as
are some historic properties, but overall the real estate market here offers
great possibilities for families and residents settling down, as well as
Many investors that visit the area actually look at acreage here,
as the core area of Pinehurst/Southern Pines continues to grow and push
development out towards Carthage,
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