Lee County, North Carolina

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Robert E. Lee


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1750s / Germans, Scots-Irish

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Airports in Lee County

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A History of Lee County

Old City Hall - Sanford, North Carolina

Possibly the most recognizable of all historic buildings in Lee County, the Old City Hall was finished in 1910. Now home to the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce, the building has been home to city offices, civic meeting rooms, public school classrooms and even a volunteer fire department.
Lee County was formed in 1907 from Moore and Chatham counties. The act was to become effective April 1, 1908. It was named in honor of Robert E. Lee. It is in the central section of the state and is bounded by Harnett, Moore and Chatham counties. The present land area is 257.26 square miles and the 2010 population was 57,866. Sanford has been the county seat ever since inception. 
Some of the nation's best-known companies thrive in Lee County. Worldwide leaders like Moen, Wyeth, Coty, Tyson, and Caterpillar. And then there's Frontier Spinning and Static Control Components, two worldwide industry leaders created right here. Static began as an entrepreneurial startup, operating out of a basement workshop. It now employs well over a thousand people.

Lee County offers worldwide access, through its solid transportation network. A world-class workforce, supported by outstanding industrial training and prepared to produce results. And, an exceptional quality of life, offering the conveniences of small town life with quick and easy access to Raleigh, Durham, and the rest of this famed Research Triangle region.

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