Incorporated February 12, 1887, the City of Dunn has come a long way
since its settlement over 125 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
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