Visit Sanford, NC and Lee County for amazing art in murals, galleries and on stage. Eclectic fare served with southern hospitality. Abundant outdoor recreation and natural beauty. Remarkable history and a vibrant downtown district. All delightfully unexpected adventures waiting for you to discover them. Plan your trip today. Check out our events calendar for fun things to do and sign up for our newsletter as well to stay up to date on what’s happening in Sanford, NC.
Explore the rich history of Sanford, NC. Discover the beginnings of the small railroad town and everything it has to offer.
In 1874, two railroads crossed in a bucolic spot in the heart of North Carolina, and the Town of Sanford was formed. Even long before the town was officially incorporated, it played a role in Revolutionary and Civil War history, particularly historic sites such as House in the Horseshoe, Endor Iron Furnace and, of course, Depot Park. At the turn of the 20th century, Sanford became an important source of coal, brownstone and brick, a true leader in business and innovation for the entire country. Since its unique beginnings as a railroad town, Sanford, NC has continued to flourish as a vital intersection of art, music, rich history, shopping, dining, recreation, family fun and warm hospitality – always commemorating its past while keeping a steady eye towards its future. We invite you to explore and discover all that Sanford and Lee County have to offer.