June 2013

Special 80th Anniversary Issue, featuring 80 years of Our State covers, Carl Goerch, and canoes and campfires.



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  • Our State’s Summer Reading List: Some of the best local bookstores in North Carolina share their summer reading suggestions. Sign up today! Presented by Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.
  • Our State Eats: We’re launching a brand new food blog dedicated to North Carolina food culture. See new recipes and stories every week.
  • Celebrating 80 Years: Watch a special 80th anniversary message from Editor in Chief Elizabeth Hudson, read our top 10 favorite stories of all time, see pages from our earliest published issues, and test your knowledge of the magazine and its founder, Carl Goerch.
  • Sounds of Summer Camp: Writer Jeri Rowe captured the sounds of summer camp while writing for this issue. Hear the campers creating life-long memories in an exclusive audio slideshow.
  • In the Garden: Get the latest tips from our experts on creating and keeping a beautiful lawn and garden. Sign up for the email newsletter today!
  • Hear That Fiddle: Listen to a few tracks from Swannanoa-based fiddler and singer-songwriter Rayna Gellert’s most recent album.
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80 Years

Photography by Matt Hulsman
On June 3, 1933, a magazine called The State sprang into being in North Carolina. A weekly publication, it was intended to bring depth and dimension to the lives of all North Carolinians. This month, we created a special photo essay featuring covers from our archives. Have a look. You may not believe your eyes.


The Civil War: Rebel on the Seas by Philip Gerard

Photo Illustration by Jason Chenier
A former U.S. Navy officer raids and razes Union merchant ships.
(Volume 3, Part Six)

Carolina ‘Cue

Hill’s Lexington Barbecue by Katie Saintsing

Photography by Joey and Jessica Seawell
A third-generation family business has served Lexington-style barbecue in northern Winston-Salem for more than 60 years.

Daily.Special. by Jimmy Tomlin

Photography by Joey and Jessica Seawell
The bean-and-bacon soup is legendary. The banana splits are delicious. Although only seven restaurants exist in the state now, whittled from 42 nearly a half-century ago, Mayberry still creates simple traditions for its customers.

Carl Goerch’s North Carolina by Tom Maxwell

Photography by Missy McLamb
“A big neighborhood” is what Carl Goerch called this state, and in this neighborhood, these mountains, Sandhills, and beaches, he found himself. To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the magazine he founded, we used his writings as a guide and explored North Carolina by plane and car, pen and camera. We understand why he fell in love.

One Thing Leads To Another by Jason Smith

Book photography by Bert VanderVeen
Pick a word, any word. And dive down into the rabbit hole of regional knowledge. For card-carrying Carolinians, the definitive Encyclopedia of North Carolina tells you all you need to know about our great state.

Camp Days by Susan Kelly

Photography Joey and Jessica Seawell
Before she was an acclaimed novelist, she was a camp kid. Although it’s been long since closed, author Susan Kelly’s golden-tinged memories of Camp Yonahlossee draw her back.

Build a Better S’more by Kelly Alexander

Photography by Joey and Jessica Seawell
The perfect s’more has a lot going for it: taste, nostalgia, novelty. One thing the best s’more must do without? Speed. We offer advice for your next encounter with a campfire and a sweet tooth.

A Kid (Still) Needs Camp by Jeri Rowe

Photography by Joey and Jessica Seawell
YMCA camps – Camp Sea Gull (for boys), Camp Seafarer (for girls) and Camp Hanes (for both) – fill a new generation of campers with a season of memories.

The Queen of Kahdalea by Katie Hendrick

Photography by Steven McBride
For nearly a quarter-century, Anne Trufant has run two summer camps outside of Brevard – one for girls, one for boys. In these children, she’s instilled confidence, ambition, and skills that transcend the boundaries of their beloved summer getaway.

Out Here, Away From Everything by Scott Huler

Photography by Jon Carter
Close to home in the Piedmont, Hanging Rock State Park is a simple, peaceful escape.



Time Memorial by Elizabeth Hudson

Photography by Sara Brennan-Harrell

Our State Quiz

Tar Heel Ferries by Alan Hodge

Photography by Aaron Tuell
Where the pavement ends, a fleet of boats keeps North Carolina connected.

Carolina Culture

The Tiniest Homes by Jimmy Tomlin

Photography by Jon Carter
After building a dollhouse with her grandchildren, a High Point woman decided to continue the craft – and created dozens of intricate, miniature homes.

The Memory Project by Heidi Coryell Williams

Photography by Cheryl Zibisky
Swannanoa-based fiddler and singer-songwriter Rayna Gellert creates a timeless brand of music.

The Return of Swing by Ashley Fahey

Photography by Jeff Holt
Twice a month, a group of friends gather in the Piedmont and relive the glory days of the jitterbug and swing dance.

Book Review

Full-Time Painter by David Hall

Photography by Janet Carter
A man in New Bern closes his art-supply store and finds success when he starts painting for a living.

Tar Heel Town

Belhaven by Josh Shaffer

Photography by Chris Hannant
This eastern town along the Pungo River catches an eclectic mix of travelers. Each one adds another line to the curious story of this place.

Tar Heel History

How the Spirit Moves You by Herbert L. White

Photography by Patrick Schneider
Shout bands gave the Charlotte African-American community something of its own in the early 20th century. Colorful parades. Mass baptisms. And a haunting, beautiful sound that transcended race and time, and still moves people today.

Good Food

Down by the Rover by Kellen Moore

Photography by Cheryl Zibisky
From a warehouse that stored roots and herbs, to a store that sold fertilizer, to the present-day restaurant, this building in Todd has always served the community.

Good as Gold by Jeffrey Turner

Photography by Matt Hulsman
The N.C. 4-H organization has a history of inspiring the next generation of cooks.


Carolina Pie Company by Alex Dixon

Photography by Andy Barker
A couple in Mooresville rolls out crusts, stirs together fillings, and makes homemade pies for you to purchase.

Carolina Gardening

Mountaintop Royalty by Kellen Moore

Photography by Steven McBride
Explorers fell for it, enthusiasts still search for it, and communities rally around it. The rhododendron has been a symbol of the Blue Ridge for centuries, and every summer, it covers our hillsides with color.

Maypop by Leah Hughes

Photography by Will Cook
This native vine, with intricate flowers and pods that pop, grows in every county in the state.

Dates and Events

Carolina Beach Boardwalk by Jeffrey Turner

Photography by Paul Boroznoff
This summer, revisit one of the coast’s forgotten treasures.

5 Things Every North Carolinian Should Do This Month

Lobster Fest, Rhododendron Ramble, The Lost Colony: Behind the Scenes Tour, Salute! N.C. Wine Celebration, and Parisian Promenade

Tar Heel Image

Fields and Fencerows by Zelia Frick of Salisbury

Hall Farm along White Road in Mount Ulla.