A Community Moved by Steam

The Ruritans seem to have their prints on just about anything that happens in Silk Hope. But nothing they do is bigger than their Old Fashioned Farmers’ Day. And nothing is bigger on Old Fashioned Farmers’ Day than the steam that comes from the engines that power just about everything.

The Town: Murphy

Although it is closer to the state capitals of five other states than it is to its own, the remote mountain town breathes with the trademark down-home kindness that makes it undeniably North Carolina.