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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My Town Calabash

My Town: Calabash

Cathy Thomas Altman’s watery family roots go back a long way in Calabash, N.C.
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When Lightning Hits Sand

Most people don’t notice the gray lumps. They look like concrete leftovers, not particularly attractive, even for a rock. But Phil Greene sees something more as he walks the beach along Corolla. When he picks up fulgurite, he’s holding petrified energy. And that’s worth holding on to.
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My Town Burgaw

My Town: Burgaw

Anna Humphrey Katsoulis paints a picture of Burgaw, a town rich in history and community.
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Moments that Matter

When a bride walks down the aisle, flowers say, “Congratulations.” When a widower loses his love, flowers say, “I’m sorry.” Since 1872, Wilmington residents have relied on Rehder Florist to accent life’s most important occasions.
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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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Calling people in with its coastal beauty, the third-oldest town in North Carolina swells with history and friendly faces.
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Making Biscuits

Four mornings a week, Gladys Stover fixes breakfast at The Castle Bed & Breakfast on Ocracoke Island. She fries the bacon, whips up casseroles, rolls out the biscuits, and talks, about food and about life.
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Yoder's Dutch Pantry, Grifton NC, French Toast

Breakfast: Yoder’s Dutch Pantry

Editor’s Note: Click here to see an interactive map of breakfast locations. Mickey Whichard lives in Wilmar, “a little spot in the road near the Craven County line on Highway 17.” He and his wife, Freda, have a small farm
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Purple Onion Cafe

Breakfast: Purple Onion Cafe

Editor’s Note: Click here to see an interactive map of breakfast locations. Stopping at the Purple Onion Cafe is a ritual for Megan Harrison’s family on their frequent trips to their beach house in Ocean Isle. “Since we usually come
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