Incorporated February 12, 1887, the city of Dunn has come a long way since its settlement some 110 years ago as a logging town and turpentine distilling center. Today Dunn claims industrious citizenry numbering 10,000 along with a growing economy that is firmly grounded in agriculture, manufacturing, distribution, and tourism.
Designated several years ago as an All-America City by the National Civic League, Dunn is the largest of five towns in Harnett County. Lillington, established on the west bank of the Cape Fear River, is 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 62 degrees. About 47 inches of rain and under three inches of snow fall each year.
Dunn offers its residents a variety of neighborhoods along with convenient shopping, excellent schools, churches 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 newly renovated Stewart Theatre. Campbell University, located in Buies Creek just 10 miles away, regularly presents concerts, plays and musicals.
Located within an hour’s drive of North Carolina’s thriving Research Triangle, 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 Airports. Charter flights and private service are provided at the Harnett County Regional Jetport, a well lighted, 24-hour facility with a 5,000 foot runway.