Rowan Park is the second park on our tour and is on the west end of Linear Park greenspace which winds through downtown Fayetteville. Until Festival Park was built this was the primary site for outdoor concerts in Fayetteville, and it still hosts outdoor entertainment regularly.
Rowan Park and adjacent Rowan Street are both named for Robert Rowan (circa 1738–1798), one of the area’s leading public figures of the 18th century. A merchant and entrepreneur, he settled in Cross Creek in the 1760s, he served as an officer in the French and Indian War, as sheriff, justice and legislator, and as a leader of the Patriot cause in the Revolutionary War. We will visit his grave later in our tour.