The November 2023 Issue


Our Plate

From Southern classics like ham biscuits to small-town creations like bright red hot dogs, how much do you know about North Carolina’s quintessential foods?

Welcome Home


Close to the Sandhills, a community of talented ceramicists continues the multi-generational legacy of Seagrove pottery.

90th Anniversary


The Gang’s All Here

When it comes to favorite places, even the most well-traveled outdoorsman can’t help but sing the praises of North Carolina in November — a season rich in fish, fowl, and friends.

Honor Bound

Ninety-nine North Carolina military veterans, whose service spans from World War II to more recent conflicts, spent a day of reflection in Washington, D.C. — and returned home to joyous celebration.

Talking Turkey in Fairview

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.

Hallowed Grounds

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.

Stories from the Earth

Old as Dirt

The variety of soils found across North Carolina have a long history and shape the landscape and lives of everyone who has, and will, call the state home.

Drinking the Land

What explains the rich variety of flavors bursting out of North Carolina’s wine country? It’s all in the terroir — and that begins with the soil where the grapes are grown.

How Sanford Became Brick City

Look around Sanford. It’s practically all red. The Piedmont city is so famous for its clay and brick that it was once nicknamed “The Brick Capital of the USA.” Locals aim to preserve that distinction.

All That Glitters

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.