Incorporated February 12, 1887, the City of Dunn has come a long way since its settlement over 129 years ago as a logging town and turpentine distilling center. The name “Dunn” was in honor of Bennett R. Dunn, the Civil Engineer who laid out the railroad through Dunn, connecting Wilson to Fayetteville. Today, Dunn claims industrious citizenry nearing 10,000 along with a growing economy that is firmly grounded in agriculture, manufacturing, distribution and tourism.
Dunn was designated in 1989 and again in 2013 as an All-America City by the National Civic League. Dunn is the largest of five towns in Harnett County. Lillington, located on the west bank of the Cape Fear River, is just 20 minutes from Dunn and serves as the County Seat.
Conveniently situated less than two hours from North Carolina’s beautiful Crystal Coast and just five hours from the oldest mountains in the world, Dunn is ideally located in the heart of North Carolina’s variety vacationland. With four distinct and beautiful seasons, the Dunn area boasts an annual temperature of 60 degrees. About 48 inches of rain and under two inches of snow fall each year.
Dunn offers its residents a variety of neighborhoods along with convenient shopping, excellent schools, churches, restaurants and recreational opportunities. Because of its mild climate, outdoor activities and team sports are provided throughout the year at any one of Dunn’s three City Parks.
Over 30 churches, representing all major faiths, play a vital role in the lives of Dunn’s residents. Dunn is also the home of two Bible Colleges; Heritage Bible College and Foundations Bible College, as well as several conference headquarters.
Area culture thrives! In downtown Dunn, the Harnett Regional Theatre presents productions throughout the year at the Stewart Theatre. Campbell University, located in Buies Creek just 10 miles away, regularly presents concerts, plays, musicals and NCAA sporting events. Notable people born in Dunn include General William C. Lee, father of the American Army Airborne and early rock and roll guitar player, Link Wray.
Located within an hour’s drive of North Carolina’s thriving Research Triangle Park, the Dunn area sits at a convergence of an extensive transportation network. North and south links include I-95, US 301 and the Seaboard System Railroad, while I-40 and US 421 provide east to west routes. Commercial air transportation is available at nearby Raleigh/Durham International Airport. Charter flights and private service are provided, within a 15 minute drive at the Harnett County Regional Jetport. This facility supports a well lighted, 24-hour facility with a 5,000 foot runway. Several major airline express and commuter services are offered, within a 30 minute drive, at the Fayetteville Regional Airport. This airport has two terminals and two runways.