Our State Staff

Since 1933, Our State has shared stories about North Carolina with readers both in state and around the world. We celebrate the people and places that make this state great. From the mountains to the coast, we feature North Carolina travel, history, food, and beautiful scenic photography.


100 Family Businesses That Built North Carolina

This impressive list includes dozens of families, and their service shops, stores, factories, and farms that’ve made it to the third generation — and beyond.


Mama’s Egg Custard Pie

A blue ribbon winner to be sure, Egg Custard Pie is as classic as Southern desserts come.


Mom’s Prized Pineapple Pig Pickin’ Cake

In North Carolina, Pig Pickin’ Cake is an essential companion to any good barbecue (noun, not a verb). After a heavy main course when we’re still craving something a little sweet, this traditional dessert satisfies with its airy, fruity topping.


Photo Essay: 7 Strawberry Patches Ripe for the Picking

It’s simply impossible to resist a sweet, juicy berry picked fresh from the field. Nobody knows that better than the families behind the farms that help rank North Carolina fourth in the nation for growing strawberries.


Jarrett Bay Giveaway

Enter for a chance to win a prize pack from Jarrett Bay, including an Adirondack chair from their new furniture line, apparel, accessories, and more.


Carolina Calendar: May 2017

Festival season is here: Whether it’s barbecue, bluegrass, wine, or the weather, there’s always something worth celebrating.


R.Riveter Giveaway

Enter for a chance to win six handmade R.Riveter products, including the brand new Leather Wallet, which will be released early May 2017.


Salem Creek $500 Giveaway

Enter for a chance to win a Salem Creek $500 Gift Certificate valid towards a Capel Rug purchase of your choice.