rural acad feat

The Rural Academy Theater

Why would a band of performers traverse western North Carolina in a wagon? Because in entertainment, delivery matters.
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History

Wilmington's-riverfront

A House Divided

Doctor Bellamy’s mansion and the beginning of the end of an era.
(Volume 1, Part 1)
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Breath

Breath: A Lifetime in the Rhythm of an Iron Lung by Martha Mason

The advent of the polio vaccine in the 1960s means that many people aren’t familiar with infantile paralysis, the disease that paralyzes limbs and sometimes the part of the brain that controls breathing. In the fall of 1948, though, polio
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Thinking Big

Artist Jon Hair doesn’t just create mammoth sculptures. He lives big, striving to create artwork that inspires.
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Philip Gerard Interview

An Interview with Philip Gerard

The author of Our State‘s Civil War series talks about the series and the war itself in an exclusive interview on WFAE’s Charlotte Talks program.
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William-Ivey

The Story Collector

William Ivey can tell you most anything you’d want to know about longrifles, or pottery in the Seagrove tradition, or antique furniture crafted in Randolph County. What he values most about the individual pieces he’s collected over the years, however, are the personal histories they carry.
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Joe-Adams-of-Yesteryear-Antiques

Acres of Antiques

Vito and Mary Ellen Sico started out buying antiques to furnish their first home. Their collection grew into a business, and today it’s the inspiration for the Liberty Antiques Festival, a twice-a-year event that attracts hundreds of vendors and thousands of shoppers from nearly two dozen states.

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No Place Like Home: Land of Oz in Beech Mountain

For years, Cynthia Keller couldn’t finish watching The Wizard of Oz, for fear of the Wicked Witch. Now, as caretaker of Beech Mountain’s Land of Oz, she wakes up every day in a house at the center of the wonderful land.
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Town Center

In colonial North Carolina, if you needed to mail a letter, have a tooth pulled, get a divorce, or launch a revolution, you went to a tavern. To get a sense of what you would have found inside one, take a trip to Historic Halifax.
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Arthur-Smith-and-Don-Reno

A Gracious Host

Arthur Smith, a homegrown Carolinian, is one of the most admired and influential country music singers, songwriters, and entertainers in our state’s history. And he’s turning 90 years old this month. A performer and businessman, Smith created a music and
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Holding on to Americana

William McNeill collects handheld fans. He has gathered them from churches and funeral homes and businesses of all kinds. And he has the history that goes with them.
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