The mountains of western North Carolina hold many secrets. One, a site in the Pisgah National Forest, has led lives as a space-age relic, a Cold War stronghold, and, today, a science center.
Barbecue Returns to Basics at Chapel Hill’s The Pig
Our State’s barbecue correspondent concludes his journey at a joint that cuts through the smoke to get to the essence of pork.
Homes for Bluebirds
Eastern bluebirds, once almost vanished from our state, thrive with the help of friendly (human) neighbors.
Fresh From the Outer Banks
North Carolina’s far eastern shores inspired a cookbook author to record the region’s recipes.
Not Giants, but Windmills: The Whirligig
From scrap to masterpiece, the making of our official state folk art, the whirligig.
Oyster or Clam Fritters
Use oyster liquor or clam juice to make a snack that's deliciously fried and full of flavor.
Hatteras Fig and Whiskey Cake
Enjoy your figs at the dessert table with a slice of this decadent cake.
Roasted Stuffed Stripers
Instead of carving a turkey or ham during the holidays, go with a whole striped bass. (This may not go over well at the kids’ table.)
History Unwrapped: The Our State Back Catalog
Our favorite digital collection at the State Library of North Carolina? The entire back catalog of this magazine.