Beach Road: Traveling N.C. Highway 12 from Ocracoke to Nags Head. Plus, A Salute to Fort Bragg.
Eyes on Fort Bragg
When they’re away, time can’t move fast enough. When they’re home, it won’t slow down. Somewhere between waiting and hurrying, a soldier’s life unfolds in a series of moments that will define him forever. Photographers from the Fayetteville Observer, the hometown newspaper of Fort Bragg, capture those moments daily, locking them in still frames, freezing time.
- Web Exclusive: In June, we collected messages of thanks and support for the troops from our readers. See those messages and share them with service men and women you may know.
Drive Along the Beach Road by Molly Harrison
For 148 miles, N.C. Highway 12 courses through the Outer Banks, taking travelers to a variety of vistas and experiences.
Ready to Ride by Diane Summerville Jakubsen
Bikes line up for fun and a good cause at the Scoot-n-Hoot Poker Run in Iredell County.
Riding with Jonathan by Maria Johnson
For years, Nat Walker of Greensboro has been hitting the open road with his son, Jonathan, taking car trips that have nothing to do with destination and everything to do with finding a way to connect with his son.
Follow the Sound by Karen Mann
Musical treasures dating back to segregation are there to be discovered in the far-reaching corners of eastern North Carolina. The newly conceived African American Music Trail will help you remember them.
- Web Exclusive Video: Meet The Monitors, one of eastern North Carolina’s musical treasures featured on the African American Music Trail.
War Stories by Michael Graff
When one soldier landed at Normandy, he never imagined he’d be living to tell it 66 years later. But the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in Fayetteville gives him the opportunity.
Welcome to Our State
Freedom on Two Wheels by Elizabeth Hudson
Our State Quiz
With more than 80,000 miles of highway, we often find ourselves at a crossroad. Travel the length of our state with this month’s quiz on these roadway connections.
Tar Heel Books and Music
- Eat Your Yard! Edible Trees, Shrubs, Vines, Herbs and Flowers For Your Landscape by Nan Chase
- Burning Bright by Ron Rash
- Princess Noire: The Tumultuous Reign of Nina Simone by Nadine Cohadas
- Spiders of the Carolinas by L.L. Gaddy
- Wedding Cake: A Novel by Lynne Hinton
- Sit in: How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney
The Edible Landscape by Nan Chase
Downsizing doesn’t necessarily quell the desire to grow your own food. Farming in the city just requires a fresh approach.
- Web Exclusive Video: See just how Nan’s garden grows in an Our State video.
Eastern Music Festival by Grant Britt
Connecting talented students with master musicians is the reason for the annual summer music camp, but more than 100 concerts in five weeks give audiences in the Triad plenty to enjoy.
Musical Military Honors by Casie Leigh Lukes
The North Carolina Symphony pays tribute to the United States Armed Services with a Red, White, and Blue Tour of our state’s military installations this month.
Tar Heel Humor
Slow Road to Fear by Daniel Wallace
Tar Heel Towns
Havelock by Vicky Eckenrode
The railroad started it, and the Marine Corps Air Station expanded it, but family ties are what make this town on the banks of the Neuse River a great place to live.
Tar Heel History
Finding Juan Pardo by Chip Womick
An archaeologist from Warren Wilson College is digging up a 16th-century Spanish fort on a site near Burke County’s Morganton. But why did everyone disappear after 1568.
Tar Heel People
Visions of Beauty by Maria Johnson
One of the state’s preeminent garden designers, Greensboro’s Chip Calloway lays out luxurious beds of leafiness throughout the East Coast.
Two Easels, One Vocation by Britta Waller
Painting is a way of life for Lenore De Pree and Joan Bell, owners of Originals Only in West Jefferson.
Tar Heel Gardening
Ornamental Okra by L.A. Jackson
You don’t have to eat this ubiquitous Southern plant to enjoy its charms.
Tar Heel Tastes
Siler City’s Burgermaster by Chris Gigley
They’re not fancy or complicated, but for 64 years the cheeseburgers at Johnson’s Drive-In have attracted a following of diners devoted to the mouthwatering creations coming off of Claxton Johnson’s griddle.
- Web Exclusive Video: See what makes a Johnson’s burger so delicious and what you can expect when you drop by for lunch.
Hooked on Honey by Charlotte Fekete
Our bees provide us with a sweet addition to summertime cooking.
Dates & Events
Trail Tales by Mandy Stovall
Studded with mine shafts and historic buildings, the Gold Hill Rail Trail offers hikers an exploratory adventure.
Tar Heel Images
All Together Now by Josh Drye of Burlington
A quartet of seagulls lined up on a Fort Fisher Ferry railing appear ready to break into song; “Blow th’ Man Down,” maybe?