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
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.
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.
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.
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.
STORY BY OUR STATE STAFF | PHOTO BY EMILY CHAPLIN
Are these legendary spots on your barbecue bucket list?