Small Towns

Southport

Southport

Three waterways lead into town, and two roadways lead out, but few people who come here ever find reason to leave.
Continue reading »

McRae-Industries-makes-boots-for-soldiers-around-the-world

Mount Gilead

Nearly 1,000 years ago, the Pee Dee made a village out of this land on the southern edge of the Uwharrie Mountains. Today, their ceremonial center is preserved at Town Creek Indian Mound, and their humble spirit persists in the people who now make Mount Gilead home.
Continue reading »

Lake Lure

Lake Lure

The magnetic mountain town’s beauty pulls people in and then holds on.
Continue reading »

Bikes-are-everywhere

Ocracoke

Surrounded by water and filled with warmth, this island is one of the most popular vacation spots on the Outer Banks because of its people.
Continue reading »

View-from-the-Lover's-Leap-Hike

Hot Springs

In the mountains, a town gives off a peaceful feeling that’s as healing as its waters.
Continue reading »

Southern-Pines-historic-train-station

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.
Continue reading »

Boone

Boone

A hip college town maintains its old-fashioned soul.
Continue reading »

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.
Continue reading »

cashiers

Cashiers

Far away and high above, drift into the landscape and stories of this tiny mountain village.
Continue reading »

Lindley's Mill

Mill with a Meaning: Lindley’s Mill

Under layers of flour dust lies the tumultuous history of Lindley’s Mill, which stood as an impartial witness to the struggle for American independence that divided many North Carolina families.
Continue reading »