Susan Stafford Kelly

Susan Stafford Kelly was raised in Rutherfordton. She attended UNC-Chapel Hill and earned a Master of Fine Arts from Warren Wilson College. She is the author of Carolina Classics, a collection of essays that have appeared in Our State, and five novels: How Close We Come, Even Now, The Last of Something, Now You Know, and By Accident. Susan has three grown children and lives in Greensboro with her husband, Sterling.

1940s Series

Preserving History

Earl Kirkland shares stories of the Great Flood of 1940 with visitors of the Swain County Heritage Museum.


A Flair for Flowers

Mary Reynolds Babcock was a free spirit with a green thumb. At the Reynolds family estate in Winston-Salem, her ingenious gardening secrets have been preserved for budding florists.


Rhythm & Brews in Lexington

At High Rock Outfitters, explorers, beer enthusiasts, and music lovers find the perfect place for a tune-up.


Slice Pie Company in Raleigh

A father-daughter baking team started their Raleigh-based pie business after a win at the state fair, but their family’s baking secrets go back generations.

Home & Garden

Market Value in High Point

The largest home furnishings trade show in the world has been making High Point a destination for more than a century.