While this coastal town sits some 20 miles from the Atlantic, seas of blue sprouting from its soil mark a long history of family farms and fruit-filled summers. The blueberry capital of Pender County finds growth and prosperity in and around its farmland.
Deep in the remote Three Sisters Swamp of the Black River stands an ancient old-growth forest. For decades, a famed bald cypress, dated to 372 AD and known as Methuselah, was its patriarch — until two even older trees were discovered.
In the 19th and 20th centuries, hundreds of textile mills — which produced everything from socks to blue jeans — supported a booming industry that created entire communities, turned North Carolina into a manufacturing powerhouse, and helped to weave the very fabric of our state.