Chip Womick

Womick is a former staff writer at The Courier-Tribune in Asheboro and the author of Remembering Randolph County: Tales from the Center of the Tar Heel State.

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The Campground Family

Whiling away the weekend with friends and relatives at Holly Bluff has been a warm-weather tradition in Randolph County for 50 years.

April 2011

The Story Collector

William Ivey can tell you most anything you’d want to know about longrifles, or pottery in the Seagrove tradition, or antique furniture crafted in Randolph County. What he values most about the individual pieces he’s collected over the years, however, are the personal histories they carry.

April 2011

Acres of Antiques

Vito and Mary Ellen Sico started out buying antiques to furnish their first home. Their collection grew into a business, and today it’s the inspiration for the Liberty Antiques Festival, a twice-a-year event that attracts hundreds of vendors and thousands of shoppers from nearly two dozen states.

December 2010

Main Street Merchant: Belk

Although Belk stores today pepper suburbs throughout the South, the Charlotte-based retailer remembers its roots as a downtown business built on bargains and service.

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Telling Nature’s Story

The Liberty Nature Research Library preserves one man’s lifelong love of the outdoors and shares it with everyone who pulls a title from the shelves.

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Deluxe Playground

In the early to mid-20th century, North Carolina was a popular hunting destination for wealthy sportsmen. Among the many hunting lodges they built in the Piedmont, Fairview Park stood out for its luxurious amenities.

August 2010

Red Clay Culture

In central North Carolina, red clay is the sod beneath our feet, the bed from which nourishment springs, a source of work and of art. And for those of us whose roots are planted here, it colors who we are.

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