Scotland County Heritage

How did Scotland County become such a cultural crossroads? The answer may lie in the area’s proximity to both Wilmington and to the ancient native trading trails further west.

Whatever the reason, waves of settlers have augmented the original Lumbee Tribe, including Scots Highlanders, African slaves and their descendents, antebellum farmers, and veterans of the War Between the States.

To these traditional elements, new cultures have been added: equestriennes drawn by St. Andrews College, African-American educational leadership at Laurinburg Institute, thrill-seekers trying for land speed records, and men and women of the U.S. Special Forces.

Together, these cultures in Scotland County provide a rich mixture of heritage, food, traditions, and experiences. The county is a cultural sampler that represents the true flavor of the rural South, its hospitality and its hope. And while other parts of the Carolinas may bend to the winds of modernity and change, the special spirit of Scotland County remains vibrant, true and real.