Classic 'Cue: 36 pages of North Carolina barbecue. Plus: Journey down the Cape Fear River and Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.
- As seen from space: See Google Satellite images of the world’s largest open-faced granite quarry.
- Gertrude Carraway: See Gertrude Carraway on the cover of The State in 1962 when we named her North Carolinian of the Year.
- Grow a Garden: Find tips for starting a garden in your community, courtesy of Historic Bethabara Park.
- Muffin Recipes: Enjoy these recipes from the Our State archives.
- Barbecue Kings Tour: Download the TRAVEL NORTH CAROLINA app today to find the tour.
- Sweepstakes & Giveaways: Click for a listing of current sweepstakes.
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
We don’t need the railroad anymore; not for travel. There are faster ways, better ways. But we do need it to reconnect with our past, to reconnect with each other.
A white man and the Indians, war and love, and the dream of freedom.
Volume 2, Part Nine
Photography by Travis Dove
Twenty years ago, Bob Garner set off on a statewide exploration of restaurants. This month, we set off on an exploration of our own, accompanied by Gardner’s book on barbecue, to 10 of those places for a special Our State look at what makes a champion.
Photography by Emily Chaplin
The American chestnut ruled our forests for centuries, but a killer blight made up of microscopic spores needed only 50 years to wipe the giant from the face of North America. But we still have buildings made from it, and we still have people pulling for it. An organization based in Asheville wants to bring it back from memory and make the chestnut stand tall again.
Photography by Emily Chaplin
Just outside of Mayberry, the world’s largest open-faced granite quarry holds firm as the strongest piece of land in the state.
Photography by Geoff Wood
For 200 years, this man-made pond has enchanted us with its giant cypress trees and wildlife. Thousands of travelers visit the muddy waters and learn what we’ve known for years – you simply can’t get enough.
Photography by Ken Taylor
The Cape Fear River runs inland like the main artery of history from the sea to the mountains. Nearly every crucial political or environmental issue has played out – or is being played out – on the river.
Photography by Sara Brennan-Harrell
Our State Quiz
Photography by istockphoto.com/desja
If your ears perk up at every mention of North Carolina in song, don’t be ashamed. You’re one of us.
Photography by Matt Rose
When Shelby citizens began revitalizing their town, they turned to a legendary theater for answers and renamed it after their legendary songwriter.
Photography by Mark Humphrey
Charles Frazier’s latest novel stands on its own.
Late in his life, one man turned his love for ships into a career.
Photography by Aaron Tuell
Four generations of Creefs have ensured that Manteo has a new movie to see every Friday.
Tar Heel Town
Photography by Lissa Gotwals
A small town in eastern North Carolina makes a name for itself by chewin’ up collards.
Tar Heel History
Photography courtesy of North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library
She befriended presidents and first ladies, traveled the world, and led the campaign to reconstruct Tryon Palace. She was Gertrude S. Carraway. In 20th-century North Carolina, she created her legacy.
Photography by Stacey Van Berkel
Every fall, a produce stand in Hendersonville becomes a destination.
Photography by Courtney Gonzalez
Andy Montero built his Elizabeth City restaurant on baskets of pastries.
Photography courtesy of Salisbury Post
The Salisbury grocery store chain that became Food Lion began as a community effort.
Photography by Matt Hulsman. Recipe testing by Wendy Perry.
A family in Sandy Bottom celebrates its history through fellowship and food.
Photography by Joey and Jessica Seawell
Rip it open, and find a familiar fried pie from Winston-Salem.
Photography by Joey and Jessica Seawell.
A centuries-old garden in Historic Bethabara Park connects people to each other and to this place.
Like it or hate it, this prickly plant relies on you to carry on.
Dates and Events
In Ashe County, one community invites you to open a good book.
The North Carolina Apple Festival; Bike MS Tour to Tanglewood; BugFest 2012; Grape Stomp and Crafts Fair; “Celebrating Bach.”
Tar Heel Image
At mile marker 304, the Linn Cove Viaduct curves by Grandfather Mountain.