Lee County was founded in 1907 from portions of Chatham, Moore and Harnett counties. The county covers an area of 259 square miles of which 2 square miles is water. The county seat of Lee County is Sanford.
Lee County was named for Robert E. Lee who was a commanding general of the Confederate forces during the American Civil War. Some interesting facts about Lee County include the fact that it is one of the leading counties for brick manufacturing in the United States. The county leads all others in the generating revenue from cotton and tobacco crops. When you hear people speak of the Sandhills of North Carolina you know that they are referring to Lee County.
Lee County has always been a county that took an interest in its residents and to this day this same attitude holds true, except it goes beyond the simplicities of today, but they are always looking into the future of growth and opportunities and what will be best for Lee County in the future.