Small Towns

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.
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Worms & Coffee

Lured by the simple sign advertising two daily staples — bait and a morning cup of coffee — regulars stream into the Midway Trading Post for easy conversation and an escape from a complicated world.
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On the Square

In an old building in a small town, a world-class culinary husband-and-wife team’s thriving restaurant proves that Tarboro has a taste for quality.
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Built to Stand: Old Stone House

Decades of neglect and abuse couldn’t shake the Old Stone House, a Rowan County landmark with a story to tell about our state’s early settlers.
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100 Foods in 100 Counties

Freeborne’s Eatery in Alleghany County

Don’t miss the Appalachian Chicken at Freeborne’s Eatery & Lodge in Laurel Springs.
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Bessemer City, NC - TheBessemer CityKings Mountain Drive In Movie theatre in Belmont , NC

Now Playing: Drive-Ins in North Carolina

They faded away when the masses sought more comfortable confines inside air-conditioned movie theaters. But across North Carolina, six drive-in movie screens still hold on to the sentiment that outside is better.
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OBX-- Hiway 12 for Our State

Drive Along the Beach Road

For 148 miles, N.C. Highway 12 courses through the Outer Banks, taking travelers to a variety of vistas and experiences.
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Kill Devil Grill owner Bill Tucker in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Kill Devil Grill

When Bill Tucker decided to blaze his own path, it led him to Kill Devil Hills and a 1939 diner that welcomes a steady flow of locals and tourists who return often for singular surroundings and fresh, creative dishes.
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Sunset Beach Bridge

Sunset Beach Bridge: The Little Bridge that Could

A new 65-foot tall concrete bridge across the Intracoastal Waterway will be more convenient for anyone heading to or from Sunset Beach, but many miss the floating bridge that swung for the last time in 2010.
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Monique de Latour teaching art at Hawbidge School in Saxapahaw


With the help of committed residents, a mill village along the banks of the Haw River flourishes again with renovated condominiums, quirky puppet-makers, delicious sandwiches at the General Store, and a healing atmosphere.
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