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NC opening park near Fort Bragg

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

 A new state park is opening near Fort Bragg on land formerly owned by the Rockefeller family.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports (http://bit.ly/1dO4SAM) Carvers Creek State Park opens Monday. The publicly owned land totals more than 4,300 acres.

The smaller section that's opening belonged to James Stillman Rockefeller, a grandnephew of Standard Oil founder John D. Rockefeller. When James Rockefeller died in 2004 at age 102, he left it to The Nature Conservancy. The nonprofit eventually transferred it to the state and helped acquire other land for the park.

Rockefeller's home is on the National Register of Historic Places and overlooks a lake with a cedar swamp at one end.

The other tract bordering Fort Bragg will eventually be the site of a visitors' center and campground.

 

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