July 2011

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.

The Town: Manteo

The first settlement was lost. But in the 400 years since a colony vanished, just about everybody who’s moved here has come to stay, giving this small community on Roanoke Island a permanence that is generations deep.

The Grape: Yadkin Valley

As the first vines began to grow in the Yadkin Valley, few people believed European wine grapes would make it in the clay loam of the foothills and Piedmont. A few pioneers took a chance, however, and a region’s farming heritage lives on.

The Catch: Shrimp

From May until October, Danny Galloway spends five days a week on his boat following shrimp. It’s a tough, often unrewarding trade. But it’s the only life this Varnamtown native has ever known.

The Legend: Fort Fisher Hermit

Few, if any, people claim to have known Robert Harrill well. He left a troubled life and chose instead to make his way within our state’s coastal wilds. Perhaps understanding the man better known as the Fort Fisher Hermit begins with understanding the land that sustained him.

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