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  No. 5: North Carolina: The Golden State STORY BY CARON MYERS Two centuries ago, a young boy’s accidental discovery in Cabarrus County led to the first gold rush in

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  No. 5: North Carolina: The Golden State STORY BY CARON MYERS Two centuries ago, a young boy’s accidental discovery in Cabarrus County led to the first gold rush in

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  No. 5: North Carolina: The Golden State STORY BY CARON MYERS Two centuries ago, a young boy’s accidental discovery in Cabarrus County led to the first gold rush in

Our State’s 5 Most Popular Stories of 2021


 

No. 5: North Carolina: The Golden State

STORY BY CARON MYERS

Two centuries ago, a young boy’s accidental discovery in Cabarrus County led to the first gold rush in the United States. For 50 years, North Carolina led the nation in gold production and gave a young country a new kind of wealth.

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No. 4: 36 Amazing Historic Places
to See in North Carolina

STORY BY OUR STATE STAFF | PHOTO BY EMILY CHAPLIN AND CHRIS COUNCIL

The National Register of Historic Places has documented some 95,000 structures, sites, and districts across the country. In North Carolina, around 2,900 properties — from churches and cotton mills to farms, homes, and schools — have earned this designation. Now, these special spots representing our state’s history are known nationwide.

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No. 3: 5 Cool Mountain Towns
to Explore this Summer

STORY BY JODI HELMER | PHOTO BY NORTH CAROLINA HIGH COUNTRY HOST

When you’re longing to escape the humidity, head to these charming High Country towns off the Blue Ridge Parkway for unforgettable adventures.

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No. 2: A Guide to Native Plants
in North Carolina

STORY BY HELEN YOEST | PHOTO BY DREW AVERY VIA FLICKR

For garden inspiration, look at what’s already growing naturally in North Carolina. Here are six native plants in North Carolina you can grow yourself.

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No. 1: 25 Essential North Carolina Barbecue Joints

STORY BY OUR STATE STAFF | PHOTO BY EMILY CHAPLIN

Are these legendary spots on your barbecue bucket list?

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This story was published on Dec 21, 2021

Our State Staff

Since 1933, Our State has shared stories about North Carolina with readers both in state and around the world. We celebrate the people and places that make this state great. From the mountains to the coast, we feature North Carolina travel, history, food, and beautiful scenic photography.