Patriots of Pineland

“Battles” waged in backyard theaters of war across central North Carolina help prepare U.S. Army Special Forces students for dangerous missions, but they couldn’t do it without residents filling the roles of guerrilla fighters.

The Egg Church

Folks in Kernersville know First Presbyterian Church’s Easter eggs are tasty, but the sweet story of how a batch of cream-filled chocolates unified a church, and a community, is just as irresistible.

The Story Collector

William Ivey can tell you most anything you’d want to know about longrifles, or pottery in the Seagrove tradition, or antique furniture crafted in Randolph County. What he values most about the individual pieces he’s collected over the years, however, are the personal histories they carry.

Acres of Antiques

Vito and Mary Ellen Sico started out buying antiques to furnish their first home. Their collection grew into a business, and today it’s the inspiration for the Liberty Antiques Festival, a twice-a-year event that attracts hundreds of vendors and thousands of shoppers from nearly two dozen states.

Southern Pines

A paradise in the pines that once reeled in Northerners seeking fresh air and natural cures now stands as a home for horsemen and golfers and other finer things. For the people who live here, like the author, Southern Pines will always be the place that heals the soul.