Rowan County Peace Poles

Peace Poles Unite Many in Rowan County

The symbol erected in parks throughout Rowan County is simple, its message clear and easy to understand no matter the language: May Peace Prevail On Earth.
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Arts & Culture

weird laws

What’s With North Carolina’s Weird Laws?

From a resolution that makes hurricanes illegal to a ban against off-key singing, this state has some unusual laws reputed to be true.
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chapels feat

Roadside Chapels: Small Space, Large Presence

Seeking the petite and sacred spaces just off our highways and byways.
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conetoe family life center

Conetoe Family Life Center Farm Grows, Inspires

For Edgecombe County children, a shared garden feeds and provides a sense of purpose.
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tom wolfe

Wood-Carver Tom Wolfe Turns Pine Into Characters

Many wood-carvers steer clear of our state tree as a medium, but Tom Wolfe has always seen faces in the pine.

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hanging rock

Away From It All, We Cherish Our Sacred Places

Ridgetops and river bends. Tiny churches and a luxury spa. Book-lined rooms. Garden paths. Sooner or later we crave these places, these somewheres of healing and hope, solitude and stillness. This month, we went searching for North Carolina’s unexpected havens of fulfillment and found 10 spots to soothe our Southern souls.
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westglow resort

Finding Peace on the Mountaintop

Built a century ago by an artist captivated by the light created when the sun set behind Grandfather Mountain, Westglow Resort & Spa in Blowing Rock now draws visitors in search of solitude and luxury.
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john lawson

Now, Voyager: Retracing John Lawson’s Journey

Recalling an early explorer, a canoer seeks the empty spaces in the Carolina coastal marshes.
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captain charlie's cottages

Homeplace: Captain Charlie’s Cottages

Three of the most recognizable landmarks on Bald Head Island, the historic Captain Charlie’s Cottages, provide a sense of escape to anyone looking for it.
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Louis Round Wilson Library

The Solace of Bookshelves

From Louis Round Wilson to Wilson County, in a library you’re always, and never, alone.
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A Hymn to Sticky Limbs

On being a sap for the pine tree.
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