Photographer H. Lee Waters Focused on the Familiar

For more than half a century, a photographer from Lexington documented the lives of local people, collecting ordinary moments to create an extraordinary legacy.


A Lesson in Patience from a Polaroid Camera

For two boys who’ve grown up in a world of instant digital connections, there’s still wonder in waiting for a Polaroid picture.


Wood-Burning Fireplaces Provide Winter Warmth

In the coldest months of the year, there’s only one place we want to be: toasting our toes in front of a big, bright, wood-burning fire.


Revisiting North Carolina’s Ties to the Miracle on Hudson

Eight years after the emergency landing of US Airways Flight 1549 on New York’s Hudson River, a Charlotte passenger reflects on the events of January 15, 2009 and how the “miracle” is sealed in North Carolina’s aviation history.


January 2017 Welcome Letter: Spoonful of Sugar

Editor in Chief Elizabeth Hudson inherited her dad’s sweet tooth, so candies and cookies were as ingrained in her childhood as Polaroid cameras and vinyl LPs.

Home & Garden

The Artistry, Economics & Tradition of Cloth in Western North Carolina

By the early 20th century, the “Big Three” industries that dominated North Carolina were textile, furniture, and tobacco. Within a few decades, North Carolina earned its place as the center of textile manufacturing in the country. As businesses expanded to match the growing demand, an abundance of labor and use of quality fabrics led the path to capital success.