n.c. historical highway marker program

Highway Marker Program Puts History on a Stick

The N.C. Highway Historical Marker Program, among the first of its kind, ensures that every county in our state has a roadside history lesson.
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History

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Parading off to War

Confederate soldiers and their supporters herald the news of North Carolina’s secession with pageantry and pomp. soon, though, the reality of battle will break through the ranks. (Volume 1, Part 2)
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First Step

In 1920, Lillian Exum Clement couldn’t vote, but that didn’t keep her from winning a landslide election that made her the first female member of North Carolina’s General Assembly.
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Her Spirit Lives On

Martha Mason always relied on her friends for support, but today, her life gives them inspiration.
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A House Divided

Doctor Bellamy’s mansion and the beginning of the end of an era.
(Volume 1, Part 1)
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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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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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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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The Rise and Fall of a Moonshine Capital

A chance detour leads to one man’s discovery of a once-thriving mill town long lost to the swamplands of the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge.
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