The National Historic District of Carthage boasts of more than 50 buildings and residences of historic significance. Located in the geographic center of Moore County, Carthage has been the county seat since 1804.
A major residential real estate development project is now in progress in the southern area of Carthage . The project, known as Little River Farms, is based on a community concept described as "new urbanism" which is designed to create the traditional neighborhood. Located on Highway 15/501 between Pinehurst and Carthage , phase one of the real estate project will feature 77 single-family cottages and a community center comprised of a clubhouse, community pool and specialty shops. Cottages at Little River Farms start at $189,000. Four Models are available ranging in size from 1,684 sq. ft. to 2,226 sq. ft.
Real estate opportunities abound in Carthage, with numerous older homes located on quiet, tree-lined streets available at affordable prices. Surrounding areas are ideal for horse farms, with acreage at a very reasonable price. Carthage offers the services and amenities of a much larger city. To learn more about Carthage and Southern Pines real estate call 910-692-0770 or email at Jo-an@DeSellandCo.com.
History of Carthage Real Estate
Activities in Carthage have revolved around the courthouse through the years, and still do today. By dividing Cumberland County, Moore County was created and on July 4 1784, the North Carolina legislature officially recognized Moore County. Because there were no incorporated towns in the new county there wasn't a county seat and no spot to hold court. The legislature appointed a committee to come up with a site for a new county seat.
The site was in the center of the new county, and the name Carthage was chosen. The town itself was not laid out until 1803. Carthage did not officially become the county seat until 1804.
In 1814, the courthouse was moved to the location of the historic courthouse. This location is at the intersection of the main avenues of Carthage. The courthouse sits at the highest elevation of the county, an altitude of almost 900 feet. The 1814 courthouse has been replaced six times, due to a floor collapse and several fires. The historic fifth courthouse and government building was erected across the street. Today both the fifth and sixth courthouse are used as government offices and court facilities.
From the 1850's to the 1920's, Carthage's growth was due to its successful buggy industry. This major industry remained the largest factory in Moore County into the 20th century. The factory's peak was in 1890 turning out approximately 3000 vehicles a year. The horse drawn buggy brought prosperity to Carthage, but the automobile spelled doom for the buggy company. The Buggy Festival of Carthage is an annual event honoring the town's heritage of carriage makers. Carthage is very proud that it has over 50 building and residences of historic significance, within the National Historic District.
With a population of about 14,600, Carthage is seen as one of the faster growing towns in the county. Carthage has a long and rich heritage in the history of Moore County since the colonial days. It is an ideal community in which to consider real estate.