Bladen County originally existed as one county prior to be divided into fifty-five, and is a popular lake region resulting from a meteor shower some 100,000 years ago. Encompassing 879 square miles, Bladen County is home to the Cape Fear, Black and South Rivers, and lies in the Sandhills Coastal Plain. Established in 1734, Bladen was settled by the Moores and eventually, the Scots. Cited in Bartram's Travels, written in 1778, residents of Bladen have enjoyed a long history within the state. Industries of this county have changed over time but include tar, turpentine, the steamboat age, agriculture, and forestry.