In the 1930s, a Craven County man invented the country’s first “self-kicking machine,” a roadside attraction that became so popular it was even visited by celebrities.
Luck of the Tar Heel
In a month when everyone’s looking for four-leaf clovers and leprechauns, we’re paying tribute to North Carolinians who have made historic discoveries and found good fortune — including gold — all on their own.
The 1980s: Michael Jordan Changes the Game
Before he was the greatest of all time, Michael Jordan was an athletic kid from Wilmington. In 1981, he heads to Chapel Hill to hone the skills and competitive spirit that launch him to superstardom.
Lessons Learned on One-Lane Bridges
Across North Carolina, bridges connect us. And when those connections are a single lane wide, we learn more than just how to get from Point A to Point B.
4 North Carolina Charcuterie Creators
Four entrepreneurs, from the Blue Ridge to the beach, create spreads that are meaty and mobile. Turns out, the new picnic basket is the charcuterie board.
From Elizabeth Hudson: Places of the Heart
For our editor in chief, a mother-daughter trip to Blowing Rock provides a touching reminder of the past.
The Map Shop wasn’t just a shop with maps — it was a Charlotte landmark. A landmark on a map. A map stuffed on a shelf. A shelf that sat inside The Map Shop.
Kings of the Road
In Statesville, couples in classic cars take their Sunday drives seriously, hopping into vintage Chevrolets and cruising along North Carolina’s highways and back roads.
Roadside Assistance: 9 North Carolina Road Trip Snacks
Running on empty? Time to fuel up! Luckily, some of the best homegrown snacks can be found in gas stations across North Carolina. Pull off the highway to fill your tank — and your belly.