The historic center of Scotland County, downtown Laurinburg is a National Register Historic District featuring 50 contributing buildings, specialty shopping, and dining.
Laurinburg’s Main Street is a point of historical interest in itself. Many of the stores on Main Street are housed in buildings that date back to the late 1800s and early 1900s and were operated by some of the town’s most prominent citizens, including the likes of Mr. Walter Evans, one of the first African-American merchants who operated a clothing store and had holdings in land and other property, and Mr. Washington Gill, an early mayor of the town.
Today, downtown Laurinburg is still the center of commerce, culture and community as it hosts government buildings, the Storytelling Art Center of the Southeast, and an array of art displays, parades and Holiday festivals.
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A unique feature of Downtown Laurinburg is the Art Garden. This display of modern sculptures are created by students at UNC-Pembroke and constructed solely with recycled materials from reclaimed in Scotland County.