Central N.C.

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Buffalo Bill Derailed in Davidson County

In October 1901, two trains collided near the Linwood rail station — disrupting the reign of the famous Wild West Show. But among the calamity, the importance of human kindness shone through.
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Forged from the Soil

With enough red clay to sustain building projects up and down the East Coast, North Carolina’s brick industry has prospered in the hands of family-owned operations for centuries.
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The Ride South

By wagon and on foot, settlers traveled the Great Wagon Road southward in search of land and prosperity, spurring the expansion of North Carolina.
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Train Town

Years after Spencer Shops closed, this little town in Rowan County still has a bright future in the railroad industry, thanks to a growing museum.
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One Foot in the Past

Defying the retail odds, Whitley Furniture Galleries still resides in the redbrick building where it started more than 100 years ago. And it’s still reason enough to visit Zebulon and enjoy the charms of our state’s small towns.
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Southern Pines

A paradise in the pines that once reeled in Northerners seeking fresh air and natural cures now stands as a home for horsemen and golfers and other finer things. For the people who live here, like the author, Southern Pines will always be the place that heals the soul.
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Charlotte’s Crime of the Century

When gangsters hit a mail truck on the Queen City’s peaceful streets, they had no idea whose territory they had invaded.
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Belmont

In its textiles and deeply religious college, it is a town connected to the past. In its trendy downtown and new commuter resident base, it is clearly ready for the future.
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The Blessing of the Hounds

Hunters and hounds gather reverently on Thanksgiving Day. Soon, they will burst across Hobby Field on the heels of Codie Hayes, who was born to lead them in pursuit of tradition and glory.
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The Apple Teacher

On seven acres in Caswell County, a high school chemistry teacher preserves his family farm and Southern food traditions.
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