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Hay Street

Downtown Fayetteville



City of Fayetteville

Anchored by the historic Market House landmark on its east end and the Haymount Residential Historic District and Airborne and Special Operations Museum on its west end, this distinctive corridor represents a journey through time as reflected in its architecture. Many of the buildings along Hay Street are listed on the National Historic Register and Hay Street is part of the Downtown Historic District. It has a long history as the gathering place of public figures, merchants and entrepreneurs. However, Hay Street cannot be fully understood without the historical context of its transition from the epicenter of Fayetteville's "red light district" in the 1970s to the pleasant tree-lined boulevard of today, with its thriving restaurants, sidewalk cafés, mix of everyday uses, offices, and residences. 

COFPlacemakingHayStreet2sBecause of the City's commitment to its renewal and refurbishment, Hay Street has made a strong comeback as a truly great main street, and is now a popular destination for tourists and residents alike.






  • 2014 Best Restoration of a Historical Property by Fayetteville/Cumberland County Joint Appearance Commission
  • 2013 Great Places Award by the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-NC)