A Thanksgiving bird from Hickory Nut Gap Farm tells the story of a family that farms with love and intention. For generations, they’ve chosen methods that are good for their livestock, their land, and their community.
Beneath canopies of Spanish moss or wide-open skies, our ancestors rest peacefully, their graves marked by ornate monuments, worn stone markers, or sometimes nothing at all. In cemeteries across the state, we honor those who came before us.
In and around Franklin and other parts of western North Carolina, gem mines draw tourists and serious rock hounds alike for the chance of spotting a deep purple sapphire or rich red ruby sparkling in sifting trays full of mud.
These precious stones spent thousands of years or more underground, waiting for their big breaks. Today, they dazzle with their brilliant colors and sparkling surfaces, earning them a place in the spotlight.