As Mayor of this two-time “All-America” city, I welcome you to the City of Lumberton, NC website. The City of Lumberton is located on the Lumber River in southeastern North Carolina. The river derived its name from the extensive timber harvesting and transporting done in the 1700’s.
Lumberton was recognized and designated as the County Seat in 1787 and is by far the largest municipality in Robeson County having experienced acceleration in growth following World War II. The City takes pride in its contributions to the cultural and economic history of the region, and, with strong citizen involvement, has been active in recent years in refurbishing its historic area.
Lumberton received All-America City awards in 1970 and 1995. An extensive, and on-going downtown revitalization effort resulted in Lumberton being re-designated in 2005 as a North Carolina Main Street Community, and this year the city became the first North Carolina Certified Retirement Community. These recognitions are testaments to Lumberton’s balanced, comprehensive approach to development and its commitment to quality living.
Chief among Lumberton’s many assets are its convenient location, natural beauty and quality of life as well as its mild climate. Lumberton has a strategic central East Coast location and is halfway between New York and Florida on I-95, and the developing I-74 corridor offers an east-west passage. To enjoy an occasional change of scenery, you do not have far to travel to enjoy the mountains of western North Carolina or the well-known Atlantic beaches.
Lumberton is family focused with a number of great annual events such as the Chevy to the Levee, Rumba on the Lumber, Mid-Atlantic Fly-In and Sport Aviation Convention, and Alive After Five. In December, we have an annual Christmas Tree Lighting in downtown as well as a Christmas Flotilla on the Lumber River.
I encourage you to visit us often at www.ci.lumberton.nc.us. We hope you find your experience valuable and enjoyable and take the time to enjoy what Lumberton has to offer. We urge you to make suggestions as to how we can make the website serve you better.
Raymond B. Pennington