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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

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Life As He Saw It

Talmadge Moose grew up in Stanly County in the 1930s and ’40s. He worked in his dad’s country store and for his uncles on their farms. Although his love of drawing led to a successful career that won him national acclaim, he never strayed far from his roots.
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The People’s Poet

North Carolina Poet Laureate Cathy Smith Bowers travels the state as our literary ambassador.
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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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Biltmore Insider’s Tour

A behind-the-scenes visit to North Carolina’s grandest home reveals more than the inner workings of a mansion. Four tours illuminate the inner beauty of a bachelor turned family man.
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The Women of Reynolda

Reynolda House was the realization of Katherine Smith Reynolds’s vision. But as the care of the home passed into her daughter’s and then granddaughter’s hands, each woman added her indelible mark to the iconic estate.
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Hot Springs

In the mountains, a town gives off a peaceful feeling that’s as healing as its waters.
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Coolmore-Plantation

Tarboro Tradition

Coolmore Plantation is both a mansion and a museum. But to Joe Spiers, who lives here with his wife, Janet, it is both a connection to his family’s history and a structure that symbolizes his own endurance and strength.
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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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Call of the Cabin

On their small mountain in Haywood County, Dan and Betsy Boyd put special care into every piece of wood that makes up their Boyd Mountain Cabins.
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