Are the mysterious lights people have seen around Brown Mountain a natural phenomenon? Extraterrestrial orbs? Shared hallucinations? An elaborate hoax? Regardless of their origin, the legend continues to grow with each successive generation – year after year, night after night.
A City, Beneath
A professor, determined to unearth a 16th-century culture buried in Morganton’s foothills, discovers the first Spanish fort in the interior United States.
Peak Pints: Beer in Western N.C.
Mountain breweries create beers that reflect their surroundings and the seasons.
Fastest Monkey in the World
The biggest, tallest, truest tale in NASCAR history happened in 1953 on a half-mile dirt track in Hickory. A monkey named Jocko Flocko beat 26 other drivers to take home the checkered flag.
Biscuits and Burgers
Morganton residents start and end their day at Allison’s.
Breakfast in North Carolina: Glen Alpine Depot
EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was published in January 2011. Since its publication, the Glen Alpine Depot in Burke County has . . .
Finding Juan Pardo
An archaeologist from Warren Wilson College is digging up a 16th-century Spanish fort on a site near Burke County’s Morganton. But why did everyone disappear after 1568?
Play One for the Barber
Despite losing its visionary music-loving owner, Drexel Barber Shop still carries on a tradition of Saturday jam sessions.