Southern Pines history really began when John T Patrick, North Carolina’s first Commissioner of Immigration, bought 675 acres in 1884 on Shaw’s Ridge. Appointed by governor Zebulon Vance in the 1850’s, he was assigned the task of bringing newcomers to the area. The Raleigh Augusta railroad came through Manly (a town located 1 mile north of Southern Pines) in 1876, and shortly thereafter Patrick stepped off the train and headed south.
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