North Carolina

Manteo Memories

Manteo, North Carolina

It really is a great place to visit—history by the boatloads—but family life here in the 1930’s had its challenges, to say the least

Southern State Capitols: Beauty, History, and Quirks (Part Three)

Jefferson City, MO; Raleigh, NC; Oklahoma City, OK; Columbia, SC

From oil rigs on the capitol lawn to centaurs in the fountain, these Southern state capitols show more than a splash of independence and pride

Digging Deep: Southern Stone

The American South

Southern quarries may not be the most beautiful things in the world, but some of the most beautiful things in the world have certainly been made from their offerings

Childhood Dreams: Camping on the Blue Ridge Parkway

North Carolina and Virginia

Camping was cheap in the 1950’s, and the Blue Ridge Parkway just an hour and a half away from home—it was a quick relaxing vacation for mom and dad, and a dream come true for two kids

What the South Taught This Yankee

If he or she travels enough or lives long enough in the South, even a Yankee can start to catch on to some of the, ahem, particularities of Southern living

How Industry Changed the South: A Story of Three Cities

Greensboro and Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Roanoke, Virginia

Cities in the post-War South had something to prove: To be wealthy and successful, you didn’t have to live on a plantation with acres of land in the country

Vollis Simpson and the Whirligig Wonders of Wilson, North Carolina

Wilson, North Carolina

In North Carolina at least, one man’s junk may well be another man’s hand-crafted creation-in-waiting

16 of the South’s Most Beautiful Churches: Part One

Mobile, AL; Little Rock, AR; St. Augustine, FL; Macon, GA; Covington, KY; New Orleans, LA

Worshiping with marble and arches, stained glass and steeples, Southern believers state by state have a glorious heritage in ecclesiastical architecture

A Southern Easter: White Shoes, Dogwood Blooms, and Egg Hunts on the Courthouse Lawn

Easter in the South may look a lot like Easter everywhere, but then again, as in other things, it has always had its own distinctives too

Flower Power Down South: The North Carolina Azalea Festival

Wilmington, North Carolina

For nearly 70 years now, Wilmington has been ringing in every new spring with one of the biggest and best festivals in the South, complete with beautiful belles, spectacular entertainment, and, of course, the most amazing azaleas

From Athens to Zephyr: All the Greek-Named Cities of the South (Part Two)

Sparta, GA; Sparta, KY; Sparta, MS; Sparta, TN; Sparta, VA; Sparta, NC; Spartanburg, SC

Seven Spartas dot the South, and each one has its own story of that indomitable spartan spirit

From Siam to the South: The Original Siamese Twins

Wilkesboro, North Carolina

Born into a world that saw them as cursed, the “original” Siamese twins became Southern businessmen, farmers, husbands, and fathers