North Carolina places with a past: Cherokee, Bath, Valle Crucis, Durham and Kings Mountain. Autumn in Ashe County and 2 days in the Dismal Swamp
Autumn in Ashe County
A rural corner in far northwestern North Carolina becomes a showplace for the season. By Michael Graff.
Places with a Past
An exploration of North Carolina’s history takes us on a journey through five distinct regions: Pirate Country in Bath, Indian Country in Cherokee, Tobacco Country in Durham, Patriot Country in Kings Mountain, and God’s Country in Valle Crucis.
Bath by Michael Graff
With enough imagination, you can see the Bath that Blackbeard saw when he sailed into North Carolina’s first town 292 years ago. With enough imagination, you can see him sailing here again.
- Web Exclusive Video: Pirates’ Playground: Learn more about the history of Bath and see how the town celebrated its 300th birthday in this segment from “Our State,” the television program.
Cherokee by Michael Graff
In the Great Smoky Mountains, a story of survival, endurance, and identity unfolds through the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians.
- Web Exclusive Video: A Language Lives: With fewer than 500 fluent speakers of the Cherokee language, teh native community is committed to teaching that language to its youngest members. See how the language is shared in a segment from “Our State,” the television program.
Durham by Josh Shaffer
When the tobacco industry left town, so did a piece of Durham’s spirit. But two decades after American Tobacco produced its last cigarette here, a reinvented campus on the same site thrives with businesses built for the future.
Kings Mountain by Tommy Tomlinson
A town. A mountain. A battle. With one name, there are three meanings. But history and geography connect them, and these connections are providing a path to the future.
Valle Crucis by Amber Nimocks
Visitors flock to Valle Crucis for its mountain beauty and historic charm. Underneath the obvious appeal, however, lies a generous spirit that built the small town and continues to sustain it.
The Last Wild Place by Karen Haywood Queen
Tell people you’re headed to a swamp, and they grimace. But then, they’ve never been to the Dismal. Here, black water, dense woodlands, and enthusiastic advocates open your eyes to the glory of this special place.
- Web Exclusive Video: Enjoy a guided tour up the Great Dismal Swamp Canal in this segment from “Our State,” the television program.
Shimmering Passage by Karen Haywood Queen
The Dismal Swamp Canal still flows between Virginia’s bay and North Carolina’s sound. No longer a conduit for commerce, it offers a transformative path into a wilderness more fitting for beast than man.
Untamed Spaces by Karen Haywood Queen
As a ranger at the Dismal Swamp State Park, Signa Williams spends her days moving through some of North Carolina’s wildest places and offering visitors a safe entry point for a brush with wilderness.
An Unexpected Destination by Karen Haywood Queen
The Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center in Camden County is the only center in the United States that greets motorists and boaters. But that fact is only one element that sets this center apart.
A Reason to Stop by Karen Haywood Queen
North River Campground is a slice of Americana, an old-fashioned lodge and campground that will take you back to movies on the lawn, swimming in a lake, and marshmallows toasted over an open fire.
Welcome to Our State
History Among Us by Elizabeth Hudson
Through the centuries, many historic events dictated North Carolina’s future. March through our state’s past with this month’s quiz on cruciala moments in Tar Heel history.
Tar Heel Books and Music
- This is Just Exactly Like You by Drew Perry
- Kid Carolina: R.J. Reynolds Jr., A Tobacco Fortune, and the Mysterious Death of a Southern Icon by Heidi Schnakenberg
- Little Boy Blues: A Memoir by Malcolm Jones
- Reconstructing Appalachia: The Civil War’s Aftermath edited by Andrew L. Slap
- Wait for the Green Fire by Dale Matthews
- Moon Handbooks: Blue Ridge & Smoky Mountains by Deborah Huso
Serious About Music by Casie Leigh Lukes
The passionate female duo Amelia’s Mechanics draws inspiration from everyday life to set memories to music.
Uncommon Folk by Carole Perkins
Songs of Water combines multicultural sounds and anchors them in North Carolina’s rich musical traditions.
- Web Exclusive: Listen to two songs from Songs of Water’s CD, The Sea Has Spoken.
Tar Heel Humor
The Results are In by Daniel Wallace
Tar Heel Towns
Cashiers by Jeri Rowe
Far away and high above, drift into the landscape and stories of this tiny mountain village.
Tar Heel History
Top of the World by Leigh Ann Henion
For more than 50 years, Grandfather Mountain’s Mile High Swinging Bridge has challenged millions of visitors to abandon solid ground and revel in some of Western North Carolina’s most inspiring views.
Tar Heel People
Honest Talent by Jeri Rowe
After raising three daughters, Laurelyn Dossett lets her musical ambition loose, writing authentic and sincere songs that come from down deep.
Her Own Vision by Molly Harrison
Katy Caroline Gullett was never one to let anybody tell her what to do with her life. So it should be no surprise that her painting style is her own.
Means to a Beginning by Diane Summerville
When JoAnn Small opened ARTspace in April, she had the simple ambition of cleaning out her attic. Six months later, the studio gallery has evolved into a popular arts spot that she hopes to see grow.
Tar Heel Tastes
Tar Heel Tradition by Leah Hughes
For decades, the flavors coming off the flattop grill in the back of Sutton’s Drug Store have been reason enough to stop in for a bite. But it’s the family feel of the place that brings most customers back on a regular basis.
Flavorful Abundance by Charlotte Fekete and Elizabeth Nelson
Pecans are plentiful this time of year. Make the most of them in a variety of dishes.
Tar Heel Gardening
Cash Crop by L.A. Jackson
Just as summer starts to fade, money plant starts to shine.
Haunted History by Leah Hughes
Bolster your nerves, and visit Mecklenburg County’s oldest house for an eerie reminder of yesteryear.
Tar Heel Images
Harvest Morning by Lane Watson of Haw River
A tractor waits patiently in an Orange County field for its farmer – its partner – to turn the key and set the day into motion.