While this coastal town sits some 20 miles from the Atlantic, seas of blue sprouting from its soil mark a long history of family farms and fruit-filled summers. The blueberry capital of Pender County finds growth and prosperity in and around its farmland.
The Collard Capers
The annual tradition of Collard-Stealing Night brought joy to a generation of mischievous Pender County youth, who hoped to get more than just a tasty meal from their neighbors.
Blueberry Country in Pender County
When a man with a passion for growing blueberries found the perfect soil in Pender County — where wild berries have thrived for centuries — a new industry took root.
Historic Burgaw Depot is Pender County’s Local Landmark
The last train left the station in 1986, but this former Confederate headquarters was the first stop in Burgaw’s revitalization.
A 3-Member Church Creates a Lasting Legacy in Pender County
In a small community in Pender County, Saints Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church hangs on, thanks to the devotion of its faithful — all three of them.
Topsail Beach Skating Rink
Lace up and step into a time machine, complete with 45-r.p.m. records and a disco ball.
The Story of the Swing Bridge at Surf City
At least four generations of travelers have crossed the swing bridge that connects mainland North Carolina to Topsail Island. After so many people and so many years, the bridge has become a landmark. It marks a vacation’s beginning and end. It’s wonderfully out of step. It has a lot of character. And soon, it may be gone.
284 Garden Road
Sisters Frances Love and Betty Klavins know their childhood on the Penderlea Homestead in Pender County gave them many advantages. They produced Recipes and Remembrances as a tribute.