Eastern N.C.


On the Square

In an old building in a small town, a world-class culinary husband-and-wife team’s thriving restaurant proves that Tarboro has a taste for quality.
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Follow the Sound

Musical treasures dating back to segregation are there to be discovered in the far-reaching corners of eastern North Carolina. The newly conceived African American Music Trail will help you remember them.
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Buddy Hooper (left) and John Ochs

Beyond the Breakers

Today, Cape Hatteras is a globally recognized surfing destination. But 40 years ago, only a handful of locals had the heart to catch the cape’s intimidating waves.

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Cape Lookout Lighthouse

Battle for the Light

Often threatened by shifting sands and developers, Cape Lookout Lighthouse faced a different kind of destruction during the Civil War, and the debate over that piece of history rages on.
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Live oaks at Orton Plantation

Live Oak

Beautiful and powerful, these monsters of the maritime stand as iconic symbols of the South.
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Black River and Three Sisters Swamp

Paddling the Black

Regardless of the span of the journey, a trip on the eastern river is always an excursion into majesty.
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Clear Run Grocery Bluegrass Session in Garland, N.C.

Clear Run Grocery

Most evenings, Clear Run Grocery sits dark and silent. But once a month, a bluegrass jam kicks up the dust and pulls in pickers and players from the surrounding Sandhills.
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Camden County Jail

Camden County Jail

Botched escapes and two fires highlight the history of the prison-turned-museum.
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Elizabeth City, N.C.

Elizabeth City

With the largest collection of Antebellum homes and buildings in the state and rich traditions like the Rose Buddies reception, the county seat of Pasquotank hums with history and community.
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Doug Layden at Layden's Country Store in Perquimans County.

Layden’s Country Store

Stop at this grocery and butcher shop in Belvidere for hoop cheese, country ham, and hand-stuffed sausages.
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