In North Carolina, Thanksgiving pies — pecan, apple, sweet potato, pumpkin — have deep roots in farms from the mountains to the Coastal Plain. When bakeries wrap these homegrown ingredients in a buttery crust, pie makes perfect.
From UNC Chapel Hill’s Wilson Library — housing what’s believed to be the largest library collection in the country devoted to a single state — to personal troves of duck decoys, pottery pieces, trains, tractors, and more: Meet the passionate collectors who curate the past and present, the serious and curious, the tangible items that tell the story of life in North Carolina.
Boiled, brittled, or bagged at the ballpark, there’s a peanut for practically every time and place. We’re proud that so many of them come from eastern North Carolina — ranked fifth in the nation for peanut production — where a whole lot of legumes find purchase in our sandy soil.
Star light, star bright — won’t you join us for a show tonight? The cicadas are singing, and the air smells like campfire smoke, or drive-in popcorn, or a saltwater breeze. From the mountains to the coast, nighttime in North Carolina is a work of art.
Not your average beach house: From the clean lines of a flat-top cottage in Southern Shores to the extravagant opulence of an Art Nouveau icon in Corolla, landmark architecture defines our coastal villages — and chapters of our history.
From wading shorebirds to mountain-dwelling warblers, our avian neighbors have a lot to teach us about the places we call home. A naturalist’s list of 16 must-see birds tells the story of our state in feathers and flight paths.