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About Fairmont

Fairmont welcome signYour 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 you.

The Fairmont Story

tobacco auctionFairmont is located in the southern part of Robeson County. The town has a population of 2,623, 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.

Fairmont 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 Fairmont mapsettlers 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 1900s, 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 more Fairmont history visit

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.


Community Life


Churches have played an important role in the founding of Fairmont, and they continue to be a strong asset and influence in our community. The Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, and Church of God demoninations have local parishes, with active pre-school, youth and community programs. Click "Churches in Fairmont" for pictures and address information.

Fairmont has several strong and active civic organizations. These organizations are responsible for sponsoring scout troops, organizing and maintaining the Little League program and park, litter pickups and beautification projects, scholarship programs, and charity drives. They also provide funding for the local volunteer fire departments and rescue squad, set up blood drives, and raise monies for the less fortunate. Volunteerism is a committed way of life for Fairmont citizens.

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Fairmont Rotary Club

Fairmont Civitan Club

Hearts N Hands Ladies Civitan Club

HANDS Junior Civitan Club

Rosenwald Alumni Association

Fairmont Woman's Club

Contemporary Woman's Club

Fairmont Masonic Lodge

Fairmont Shriners

Boy and Girl Scouts

Fairmont Garden Club

Mattie B. Haggins Federation Club

Garden Lovers Club

Sidney Lanier Book Club

Faithful Workers Club

Masonic Lodge Eastern Star

Rosenwald Elementary School

Rosenwald Elementary School
Principal: Justin Dial
301 Martin Luther King Street

Fairmont Middle School







Fairmont Middle School
Principal: Dr. Vivian Tyndall
402 Iona Street 910-628-4363

Fairmont High School








Fairmont High School
Principal: Kent Prater
5419 Old Stage Road 910-628-6727