July 2012

100 North Carolina Icons – Doc Watson, Richard Petty, Mayberry, Furniture, Carolina in My Mind, ACC Basketball, Billy Graham, and others.



  • Use this quick checklist to experience the 100 North Carolina Icons
  • Enjoy a hot dog at one of the spots in our Hot Dog Tour – available on the TRAVEL NORTH CAROLINA app
  • making of this issue




From Whence Come You by Heather Magruder

Photography by Emily Chaplin
In the 1700s, England passes bans on Scottish customs, such as dance and music, so many Scots left home and came to the United States. And they brought those customs with them. Every July, in the fog of Grandfather Mountain, we honor them. We honor the men and women who first made North Carolina home, and how they stayed true to who they were, even in a new land. At the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, we honor pride.


The Civil War: A General’s Fatal Anger by Philip Gerard

Illustration by Joseph Edwards
The Hangings at Kinston, Part II: Just after another defeat in battle, Maj. Gen. George E. Pickett unleashes his frustration on a group of deserters, rope by rope by rope.
Volume 2, Part 7

What is a North Carolina Icon

We believe in the small town. We believe in a higher power. We believe in music that speaks to our soul. We believe in making things with our own hands. We believe yellow means slow, green means go, and checkered means victory. We believe in hard fouls, fast breaks, and make-it, take-it. We believe in winning. What is an icon? It’s more than a person or a place or an industry. It’s something that becomes part of our belief system. In the pages that follow, we present the ones we hold highest.

Being Mayberry by Michael Parker

Photography by Travis Dove
In the foothills, a town plays its television role to dawdle time away.

Man With a Mission by Jimmy Tomlin

Archived images courtesy of the Cove
“Why me, Lord? Why did You choose a farm boy from North Carolina to preach to so many people?”

Doc Watson by Philip Gerard

Photography by Peter Figen and Joey & Jessica Seawell
As an infant growing up in Watauga County, Arthel Lane Watson lost his sight. As a teenager, he picked up a guitar and created sound. Now, that sound and that guitar and that blind man are forever linked in one name that will live as long as music is played: Doc.

Furniture Throne by Jeffrey Turner

Photography by Stacey Van Berkel and Robert Ponzoni
In the early 1900s, we looked to the hardwoods and built an industry that produced more household furniture than any other state in the country. Times and business practices change, but we still proclaim: Ours is better.

The King by Michael Graff

Photography by Geoff Wood
North Carolina made racing. Richard Petty made it cool. And even now at 75 years old, there’s no slowing The King.

Basketball Road by Brady Dennis

Archived images provided by North Carolina State Archives
In our state, the ACC isn’t about one school or one player or one game. To name one brings memories of another, and then another. Collectively, those performances and those people and those institutions from North Carolina form the heartbeat of a sport that expands well beyond our boundaries.

Carolina in My Mind by Nic Brown

Photography by Steve Exum
More than a song and more than a state of mind, James Taylor’s classic speaks to where we’ve been, where we are, and where we always want to be.



Larger Than Life by Elizabeth Hudson

Photography by Sara Brennen-Harrell

Our State Quiz

Tar Heel Textiles by Alan Hodge

Photography courtesy of NC Archives
In the early 19th century, industry brought hands from the farm to the factory to spin, weave, and produce.

Carolina Culture

Falling-in-Love Music by Rosecrans Baldwin

Photography courtesy of Outer Banks History Center
Summers are filled with teenage love, shag lessons, and the unforgettable music of the time.

Oh, Won’t You Stay? by Herbert L. White

Photography by Gayle Shomer
A Charlotte man’s 97-second song sticks in listener’s minds for decades.

Spreading His Gospel by Lori K. Tate

Photography by Gayle Shomer
A Gaston County disc jockey works to revive beach music.

Book Review

Dancing on the Dunes by Molly Harrison

Photography courtesy of Outer Banks History Center
In Nags Head, teenagers rocked the floors of the Casino when they danced.

The Shaggers by Ashton Astbury

Photography by Joey and Jessica Seawell
A couple wins ribbons for a classic Carolina dance.

Tar Heel Town

Wrightsville Beach by Josh Shaffer

Photography by Beatrice Yaxley
The birds fly free. The people kick back. The wind blows steady. The worries fade away. Here, everything’s all right.

Tar Heel History

Mill Village Heroes by Tripp Mickle

Photography courtesy of John Rhyne
In Gaston County, mills lured the best baseball players to work in factories and play on their teams.

Good Food

Hot Dog Hour by Josh Shaffer

Photography by Lissa Gotwals
A club in Raleigh meets once a month to experiment with its favorite food.

Faithful Following by Jeri Rowe

Photography by Lissa Gotwals and Joey & Jessica Seawell
Every Fourth of July, a Rowan County restaurant serves hundreds of hot dogs.

Bright Leaf Brand by Leah Hughes

Photography by Bert VanderVeen
In eastern N.C., we like our hot dogs red.

Sugary Squares by Jeffrey Turner

Photography by Matt Hulsman
Elks Lodges across the state share regional favorites.


Ocean Harvest by Leah Hughes

Photography courtesy of Outer Banks SeaSalt
Outer Banks SeaSalt is a specialty ingredient straight from our shore.

Carolina Gardening

Our Natural Habitat by Chic Womick

Photography by Joey and Jessica Seawell
Should you pick that flower? Should you dig up that moss? An exhibit at the N.C. Zoo in Asheboro makes us think twice about our everyday surroundings.

Honeysuckle by Leah Hughes

Photography courtesy of JC Raulston Arboretum
The ‘trumpet” variety grows statewide.

Dates & Events

Latta Plantation by Julia Sayers

Photography courtesy of Latta Plantation
In Huntersville, a thriving plantation is the result of revival.

5 Things Every North Carolinian Should Do This Month

Relax on the sweeping lawn of Chetola Resort listening to the Symphony of the Mountains and watching a fireworks display, cool off with Dan River Adventures, experience the best of mountain music and life at the Franklin Folk Festival, celebrate America’s 236th birthday at the N.C. 4th of July Festival, and shop for all-natural, stone-ground cornmeal and grits at the Old Mill of Guilford.

Tar Heel Image

Rural Route by Bill Whitlow of Virginia Beach

Barnyard on U.S. Highway 158, Moyock