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About Harnett County

Harnett County, which is located in the Lower Coastal Plain region of eastern North Carolina, is bounded to the north by Wake County; to the west by Chatham, Lee, and Moore counties; to the south by Cumberland County; and to the east by both Johnston and Sampson counties. The area of Harnett County is 595 square miles (380,800 acres). The elevation of the county ranges from around 200 feet in the south to 490 feet in Murchisontown.

Harnett County, named after Cornelius Harnett, was formed in 1855 from parts of Cumberland and Johnston counties. The initial settlers of the region were mostly English and Scottish who arrived in the late 1700s. The county seat remains Lillington.

Harnett County is known for its agricultural and textile production.

Joshua Farichild