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Butner - A brief history



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Butner has a rich history of agriculture, military and institutions. Originally an agricultural community that became a training camp for the U.S. Army during World War II, called Camp Butner, named after Major General Henry W. Butner (1875-1937), a North Carolina native.

Butner has a unique past that no other town can claim.

During its days as a training camp, John Umstead hospital was built for returning veterans. Now, there are multiple institutions as well as many industrial entities that are the primary employers for Butner, including the new Central Regional Hospital.

As the Triangle area continues to grow, Butner expects to see a lot of new industrial growth bringing more residents and commercial development.

On November 1, 2007, Butner was incorporated and governed by a council-manager form of government. The Town Council has made it their priority to make Butner the best place to live. The Soldiers Memorial Sports Arena has been renovated to preserve this piece of the town’s history and provide recreational opportunities for all residents. A town hall has been designed and construction began in July, 2010.

In less than five years since incorporation, more than five grants have been received. These grants will help the town build a new outdoor recreation complex, construct a greenway to encourage pedestrian travel and improve air quality, expand access with new sidewalks and add playground equipment at the Central Avenue Gazebo Park.

Visit historic Butner today!

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