Small Towns

Christmas Parade

Curbside Christmas

Small-town holiday parades impart memories that last a lifetime — from the sound of marching bands to the sight of beauty queens atop hot rods to the unexpected treat that distinguishes one spectacle from the other.
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Williamston

Deep family ties, a sense of community, and a strong agricultural history have helped this eastern North Carolina town retain its vibrancy, even amid hard times.
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An Essay On Rutherfordton, From A Native Daughter

Anyone who has ever lived in — and left — a small town knows what it’s like to return. In a step-by-step journey of memory, a writer recaptures her hometown and lets the groundswell of emotion remind her how much she loved it there.
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How The Post Office Delivers Us The World

A mail carrier’s job is famously monotonous. But follow him — or her — around long enough, and understand the joy in a carrier’s day is bringing excitement to others.
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Bernie Harberts and mule Woody

Mule Rider

Bored with sailing the open seas alone for five years, one man decided to cross his home state in a manner unlike any other. And then he kept on going.
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White Sulphur Springs

The Hotel with Healing Powers

The White Sulphur Springs Hotel in Surry County once attracted governors and world-famous actresses. But not just for the fancy accommodations. They came for the water.
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Shimmy Shakers at the Ayden Collard Festival

Ayden

A small town in eastern North Carolina makes a name for itself by chewin’ up collards.
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Tarboro

The waters came. The waters went. But the people stayed, giving this eastern North Carolina town the chance to fight back and become even stronger — “after the flood.”
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Elkin, North Carolina at dusk.

Elkin

In the heart of wine country, a little, old town ages into a dynamic place that stands on the edge of miraculous.
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Mayberry Mount Airy North Carolina

Being Mayberry

In the foothills, a town plays its television role to dawdle time away.
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