Our writer returns to the scene of his youthful side job: guiding rafts filled with neophytes through the man-made currents of the U.S. National Whitewater Center near Charlotte. But this unique center has evolved over the past decade — and so has our writer.
Peahead Walker and the Fake Wake Fib
One of Wake Forest’s most successful football coaches is remembered for winning — and for his colorful personality.
Remembering Winston-Salem’s Swimmin’ Hole
Crystal Lake opened in 1925 and was a welcome reprieve from the summer heat — and only slightly dangerous.
Saving, the Family Business
In 1899, Erasmus Midgett saved 10 people from a shipwreck off the North Carolina coast — and started a family tradition.
The Cowman of Caswell County
A trained engineer with a love of farming found his calling in rolling green hills and a herd of white, French cows.
The Python with a Purple Heart
How a soldier rescued a Burmese python from a dinner table during the Vietnam War and brought it back to North Carolina.