North Carolina

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

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

Waterfall Walks of Western North Carolina

Highlands, Cashiers, and Sapphire, North Carolina

There’s something inherently soothing about waterfalls. Whether it’s thundering or gently descending in diamond-like drops, moving water speaks to our souls.

Would You Please Spell That? Interesting Place Names in the South

All 16 States of the South

Like so many other places, the South is full of thousands of curious, crazy, hard-to-spell, and sometimes downright hilarious place names. Here are a few favorites.

Church, School, and General Store: The Heart of Small Southern Communities

Pickaway and Union, West Virginia; McIntosh, Florida

The rural nature of so much of Southern existence once meant a church, a school, and a store for nearly every pocket of farms and houses

From NC to N(Y)C: Ava Gardner’s Rise to Fame

Grabtown, North Carolina

Before her meteor rise to stardom, this backwoods belle had a tweak or two to make to her Carolina charm

What’d You Say? 6 Southern Sayings Deciphered

Here’s hoping you’re finer than frog’s hair and happy as a dead pig in the sunshine

Cataloochee

Waynesville, North Carolina

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is visited by more people every year than any other park in America—but some of those annual visitors remember it as home

Christmastown, USA

McAdenville, North Carolina

Take a tour of McAdenville, North Carolina, and discover why the town has become known as Christmastown, USA

Mountain Cornbread: As It Should Be

Madison County, North Carolina

This “new way” to do cornbread showed up over a hundred years ago, but it’s the old way and the only way for some