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Lumberton is a city in Robeson County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 20,795 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Robeson County. Lumberton, located in southern North Carolina's Inner Banks region, is located on the Lumber River. Founded in 1787 by John Willis, an officer in the American Revolution, Lumberton was originally a shipping point for lumber used by the Navy, which was sent downriver to Georgetown, South Carolina. Most of the town's growth, however, began shortly after World War II.
The City of Lumberton was created by an Act of the North Carolina General Assembly in 1787 and was named the County seat of Robeson County.
Robeson County is located in the Coastal Plains region of southeastern North Carolina. The County was created from Bladen County in 1786 by two American Revolutionary War heroes and residents of the area, General John Willis and Colonel Thomas Robeson. The county was named after Colonel Thomas Robeson and the land for the County seat was donated by General Willis who is also accredited with naming the County seat Lumberton. Lumberton was incorporated in 1859.
David Lynch's 1986 film Blue Velvet was set in Lumberton, though it was actually filmed in nearby Wilmington. This situation raised some problems during filming, so Lynch filmed a small sequence in Lumberton and was subsequently allowed to use the name.
On July 23, 1993, James R. Jordan, Sr., father of basketball legend Michael Jordan, was murdered at a rest stop off of Interstate 95 near Lumberton.
Alice Faye Williams, a.k.a Afeni Shakur; a prominent member of the Black Panther Party and more famously, the mother of the rapper Tupac Shakur, was born in Lumberton on January 10, 1947.
Dr. Johnny Hunt, who was elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention in 2008, was born in Lumberton.