Small Towns


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

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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Living off the Water

Like generations before him, Mickey Daniels Jr. pulls crabs fresh from the sea and peddles their succulence from his store on the east end of the Washington Baum Bridge.
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Clyde Maness

Music Among Friends

Stop by Maness Pottery and Music Barn in Carthage on a Tuesday night, and you might think you’ve found a concert. But it’s really just a gathering of neighbors who enjoy bluegrass, good food, and each other’s company.
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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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Kill Devil Hills

People come for the beach and great surfing. They stay for the relaxed lifestyle and strong sense of community.

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Bessemer City, NC - TheBessemer CityKings Mountain Drive In Movie theatre in Belmont , NC

Now Playing: The Drive-In

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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The railroad started it, and the Marine Corps Air Station expanded it, but family ties are what make this town on the banks of the Neuse River a great place to live.
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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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