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Bundled activities to make your visit to Sampson County the best it can be:

History Buff

This package brings the history of Sampson County all together. The early settlers to Sampson County were Scotch-Irish immigrants from North Ireland, many of who came to the colony of North Carolina under the protection and inducements of Henry McCulloch, a wealthy London merchant. Among these first European Settlers of the area was John Sampson. John Sampson brought along who is thought to be his step-son Richard Clinton.  In 1776, Richard Clinton organized a company of militia minutemen from upper Duplin County and led them as captain in the defense of Wilmington against the British. He was later appointed Colonel of Cavalry and Brigadier General of the Fayetteville District. Clinton secured the passage of the act creating the new county, and proposed the name “Sampson” in honor of John Sampson, his stepfather and benefactor. The area’s Civil War fame is represented at Bentonville.  As a result of the overwhelming Union strength and the heavy casualties his army suffered in the battle, Johnston surrendered to Sherman at Bennett Place, near Durham Station. Coupled with Gen. Robert E. Lee‘s surrender earlier in April, Johnston’s surrender represented the effective end of the war. Bentonville Battlefield, Tues – Sat 9 – 5 Liberty Hall, Tuesday – Sat, 10 – 4 Sampson Museum, Thursday – Sat 10 – 4


Southern Goodness and Wine Tour

Mt. Olive Pickles, Mt Olive, NC – visit the gift shop for a mouth watering discussion of pickle production! Southern Smoke BBQ, Garland, NC – only open for a few hours on Thursday and Friday, this BBQ is worth the wait in line… Southern Style, Clinton, NC – the BEST fried chicken around! NC State Ice Cream at Simply NC, Clinton – shop for NC products from all over the state, and enjoy a coffee or ice cream. Elizabeth’s Pecans, Turkey, NC – lots of samples of fudge and all kinds of pecan goodness! The Little Kitchen – Turkey, NC – organic baked goods, eggs, beef, and produce. Jackson Dairy is a working dairy farm that has fresh ice cream, and is minutes outside of Clinton.

We are happy to provide a driver for your own custom wine tour: Capefear Winery – Elizabethtown, N.C. (38 miles) Lu Mil Winery – Elizabethtown, N.C. (36 miles) Duplin Winery – Rose Hill, N.C. (25 miles) Country Squire Winery – Warsaw, N.C. (18 miles)


Golf + Shop


Timberlake Clinton, NC – Timberlake’s course design is of the classic Scottish tradition, offering elevation changes and contours, waste bunkers, pot bunkers and grassy mounds. Designed by Michael Gleason, the course features 6,511 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. The fairways and tees are hybrid Bermuda 419 and the greens are sewn with a blend of A1 and A4 Bentgrass, making for excellent playing conditions all year long.


Rebecca’s Clinton, NC  – “Dress for the Life you Live.” Unique clothing for ladies and children. Brands available include Peaches and Cream, Little Threads, Susanne Lively, Nicole Miller for Kids, and Lilly Pulitzer, just to name a few.

Royal Gifts Clinton, NC – Fine gifts, wedding registry services, and more in North Carolina. 

Annadale’s Gifts Clinton, NC

High Cotton Clinton, NC – Independently owned Home Decor and Gift Shop; offering a variety of gifts, floral supplies, home decor and refinished furniture.

Simply NC Clinton, NC – We are working to represent every county in North Carolina with a NC made product, and have a coffee shop located in the back of the store where you can get a good old cup of fresh brewed coffee or get fancy and order a Latte , Mocha or Frappe!


Mother Earth

Hike the Mountains to Sea Trail – North Carolina’s longest trail, the North Carolina Mountains to Sea Trail, is an ambitious project to provide a foot path linking the Mountains in the West to the Coastal Plain in the East. The trail, when completed, will be over 900 miles in length.

Paddle Black River Kayaking – Flowing through about 60 miles of southeast North Carolina, the Black River is a wild, scenic kayaking destination. The Black receives less traffic than the nearby Cape Fear River, making it one of the more secluded waterways in the region. Some of the oldest trees in North America grow along the Black River, including bald cypress trees that have stood watch over the shore for nearly 2000 years.

Visit Beartrack Farm – For the last three years, Beartrack Farm has been Sharon’s textbook. So far, it has taught her how to take fifty acres of entirely undeveloped land and begin establishing a working farm with a greenhouse, a cow herd, a garden, and a chicken flock, to name a few. It has taught her the priceless value of a cohesive ecosystem where every multi-purpose element works together toward efficiency and sustainability. It has also taught her that no matter what her day job—even something as cool as corporate organics management—she cannot keep herself away from her first love: studying each new lesson the farm has to teach her.

Play at Hubb’s Corn Maze – Five miles of trails, weaving through this year’s exciting design. Other activities include hay rides, fire pits, jumping pillow, sand box, barrel train, giant slide, toddler town with maze, corn cannon, photo ops, concessions, corn hole, and steer head

Delicious Extras (please give 48-hours notice):

$10 – Love Snack four chocolate covered strawberries.

$15 – Takeaway some water, fruit, nuts and cookies for your journey onward.

$20 – Picnic time with a portable lunch (sandwich, side, drink, dessert) to take on an adventure.

$25 – Nibble on a cheese, cracker and fruit platter.

$30 – Celebrate with sparkling wine and four chocolate-covered strawberries.

To order a special item from above, please email, call or make a comment in your on-line reservation.


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