Welcome to Fairmont,
Fairmont Brochure (PDF)
Your friends in Fairmont wish to welcome you to our
hometown. We invite you to visit us, rest a "spell,"
and enjoy small town life in this warm and progressive
slice of Americana. If you are ready for relocating,
whether for business reasons or for escaping the fast
lane of the city, you'll find Fairmont ready to welcome
Fairmont is located in the southern part of Robeson
County. The town has a population of 2,642, but the
businesses and industries of the town actually draw
upon a population between 25,000 and 30,000 from the
communities surrounding the town. The population is
a uniquely tri-racial mix of the African American, Native
American and Caucasian races.
was originally founded on the site of the Ashpole Institute,
a small private academy, and was chartered in 1899 as
Union City, then Ashpole in 1901 and lastly as Fairmont in 1907. The
first settlers to this area received land grants from
the Lord's Proprietors and worked in the logging and
naval stores industries producing lumber, turpentine
and pitch for ships. By the late 1800's, a thriving
tobacco market had been established as well. The railroads
later followed to rapidly move these goods. By the early
1900's, tobacco became king, and by the mid-1950's,
Fairmont was considered one of the major tobacco markets
in the world. As health concerns have affected the sales
of tobacco, many local farmers have turned to other
cash crops, mainly corn, soybeans and wheat.
Click Fairmont History
for a 1987 collection of facts and pictures from Fairmont's
past. This history was compiled by the late Wiley R.
Taylor as part of the Robeson County Bi-Centennial Celebration.
(The document is in Adobe PDF and is a large file.)
For some historical pictures of the town click here. You can also find historical pictures of the town at www.fairmontfotos.com.
One of Fairmont's most famous natives was Joseph
Mitchell, a writer and journalist. Some other famous
people from Fairmont are CBS News Reporter Drew Levinson,
Folk Artist Sam McMillan, basketball star Rod Griffin and PGA Golfer William McGirt.
Downloadable Map of Fairmont (PDF)
Fairmont Census Information
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