Elizabethtown is located in Bladen County
(of which it is the county seat) between Fayetteville
along Hwy 87 on the banks of the Cape Fear River
, and Bladen Lakes State Forest. Elizabethtown was founded in March, 1773 and is the fiftieth oldest town in North Carolina. The population estimate for July 1, 1998 was 3,784, an increase of 80 since 1990.