Why We Love North Carolina: Essays by Jan Karon, David Hold, Franklin Graham, and more
Tips from the Pros
Seven photographers who regularly contribute their talents to Our State offer tips for capturing those picture perfect moments through the lens of a camera.
Why We Love North Carolina
Our affection for the Old North State runs deep. Share the pride with reflections from community leaders and Our State readers.
Our Carolina Ways
Essays by Richard Childress, Jim and Ann Goodnight, Franklin Graham, Cecelia Budd Grimes, William S. Powell, Bob Timberlake, Jerry Wolfe, Ira David Wood III
No Place Like Home
Essays by James Applewhite, Jerry Bledsoe, Bill Cecil Jr., Fred Chappell, Gov. Mike Easley, Dr. William Friday, Luther Hodges Jr., Cotton Ketchie, D.G. Martin, Sharyn McCrumb, Dr. Orrin H. Pilkey, Bruce Roberts, Bill Smith, Shelby Stephenson, Ron Stutts, Billie Ruth Suddeth, Bill Thompson, Brian Vickers
Thanks for the Memories
Essays by Kathryn Stripling Byer, Congressman Howard Coble, David Holt, Jan Karon, Sid Luck, Loretta Oxendine, Jeanne Robertson
Great Walks: Goose Creek State Park by Lynn Setzer
The extensive Palmetto Boardwalk turns a trek through Beaufort County’s rugged swampland into a walk in the park.
The Museum Doubt Built by Charles Blackburn Jr.
Persistent stories that Abraham Lincoln drew his first breath under a Carolina sky have lead to the creation of the Bostic Lincoln Center.
Looking Back at Looking Forward by Arnold Wengrow
History and art come together at a museum that honors Black Mountain College, whose influence continues worldwide.
Bed, Barn, and Beyond by L.A. Jackson
Three inns cater to the needs of travelers who journey across our state – on horseback.
Welcome to Our State
Gotta Love It by Vicky Jarrett
Our State Quiz
Scenic Spots by Alan Hodge
Take in the sights by foot or by car as we explore some of our state’s most resplendent vistas and overlooks
Tar Heel Treasures
You’ve Got Mail by Janet C. Pittard
A postmaster’s window, salvaged from a community store, offers a view of early 20th-century delivery services.
Tar Heel Literature
Without Precedent: The Life of Susie Marshall Sharp by Anna R. Hayes
Perfect for Framing by Maggie Bishop
Nathaniel Macon of North Carolina: Three Views of his Character and Creed by William S. Price Jr.
The Courage to Lead: One Man’s Journey in Public Service by Howard N. Lee
Columbia on the Scuppernong: Historic Houses and the Stories They Tell by Marimar McNaughton
Saving Magic Places by Emily Eve Weinstein
Tar Heel Towns
Sparta by Bill Cissna
Located in a county with only three stoplights, this western town provides its residents with a refreshingly different way of life.
Tar Heel History
The British Cemetery by Tom Gillespie
For more than 65 years, a tiny plot on Ocracoke Island has flown the Royal Naval Ensign, honoring the fallen men of the HMT Bedfordshire who guarded our coast during World War II.
Tar Heel People
The Log Whisperer by Kathy Norcross Watts
Kevin Thomas of Dobson breathes new life into old homes while honoring their original craftsmen.
The High Life by Marimar McNaughton
For oil painter Kyle Highsmith of Raleigh, North Carolina provides the perfect canvas, and its spectators add the finishing touch.
Tar Heel Memories
Mountain Mama by Kathy Ledford Collins and Geraldine Ledford Yates
With nerves of stone and a heart full of grace, “Mrs. Ruth” ruled the roost.
Tar Heel Gardening
You Got It, Spud by L.A. Jackson
Plant potatoes this month for a bumper crop of everyone’s favorite complex carbohydrate in the summer.
Tar Heel Tastes
A Blissful Experience by Katie Baer
A descendant of chocolatiers, Brevard’s Jill Tooley handcrafts decadent morsels that make palates sing.
Sugar Rush by Charlotte Fekete
Individually sized, portable, and adult- and kid-friendly, cupcakes top the list of convenient confections.
Tar Heel Image
Animals Gone Mild by Sandy Woolard of Roxboro
A black bear at Grandfather Mountain had apparently had enough of the paparazzi lining up for photos outside the park’s wildlife habitats.