Black Mountain College feature

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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History

A Kingdom Strange

A Kingdom Strange: The Brief and Tragic History of the Lost Colony of Roanoke by James Horn

But the last word from England’s island colony Roanoke — CROATOAN carved into the trunk of a tree in the Outer Banks — beckons to us across the centuries. Historian James Horn’s thoughtful, authoritative account of this settlement tells a story that refused to die among the Indians or the English.
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Hurricane Hazel

Images of America: Hurricane Hazel in the Carolinas by Jay Barnes

Jay Barnes compiles memorable black-and-white images from the aftermath of Hurricane Hazel and the devastation it left in its wake.
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The Mountain Doctor

As soon as he arrived in Balsam Grove, Dr. Gaine Cannon knew he could make a difference in the isolated community desperate for medical care.
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Dr. Gaine Cannon

Images: Dr. Gaine Cannon

As soon as he arrived in Balsam Grove, Dr. Gaine Cannon knew he could make a difference in the isolated community desperate for medical care.
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Charlotte in the 1920s

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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Orson Welles

Christmas 1938

In a nod to 1930s-era radio dramas, performers will recreate Orson Welles’s classic broadcast of “A Christmas Carol” onstage at Western Carolina University later this month.

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Belk-Hensdale in Lumberton circa 1940s

Main Street Merchant

Although Belk stores today pepper suburbs throughout the South, the Charlotte-based retailer remembers its roots as a downtown business built on bargains and service.
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Belmont NC

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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Battleship North Carolina

Saving the Battleship North Carolina

Destined to be scrapped, the Battleship North Carolina got its reprieve in 1958, thanks to a statewide effort that brought the ship home.
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Blowing Rock

In the small town in the mountains, the people look after nature, and nature looks after the people.
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