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A Man, a Plan, a Park: Founding the Research Triangle Park

Archie Davis, who helped found the Research Triangle Park, recognized in North Carolinians a desire to learn, to look ahead, to lead. Today, his vision continues to guide our world-famous research park.
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The Fish That Built Beaufort

For years, a fish at the bottom of the food chain was king in Carteret County. The menhaden industry is gone now, but the songs of the fishermen endure.
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The Mythic School of the Mountain: Black Mountain College

Brilliant artists, poets, and intellectuals established Black Mountain College’s reputation as a bastion of innovative thinkers. The college’s brief, obscure existence — and its avant-garde “Happening” — sealed its legend.
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Oceanside Divide

A small strip of land near Wilmington entertained thousands of visitors — some famous — during the Jim Crow era in North Carolina.
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The History of Lake Norman

Lake Norman’s original purpose was to provide fresh water and flood control for the region. Fifty years later, the lake has transformed into a statewide destination, and the story of what lies beneath its waters continues to fascinate.
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The History of Family Dollar Stores

Leon Levine built Family Dollar Stores from a basement bargain shop in Charlotte to a Fortune 500 company with thousands of stores across the nation. Now the man who created an empire is giving it away.
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The History Of Ice In Wilmington

Once people had their first taste of cold drinks in Wilmington in the late 1800s, they couldn’t forget that refreshing coolness, and the ice industry was born. Today, only a fraction of it lingers in the Port City.
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