Revisiting the Russell School

A two-room schoolhouse in Durham County unites those who grew up together with one woman born a world away.


The Pardoning of Slow Poke the Possum

Slow Poke the possum had quite the summer in 1970; he won a beauty contest, made headlines, and was pardoned from becoming Governor Bob Scott’s next meal.


North Carolina was a Short-Lived Royal Colony

While we celebrate the Fourth of July and our freedom from the British, one fact may surprise you: North Carolina was under royal leadership for less than 50 years.


The Final Voyage of the Agnes E. Fry

In 1864, a blockade runner ran aground on the coast of North Carolina. For decades, it sat within sight of shore, rusting, until finally disappearing beneath the waves. Now, it’s reappeared — and may prove to be the most significant shipwreck found in our waters in years.


The Story of Texas Pete

The hot sauce’s name might be an homage to The Lone Star State, but Texas Pete has always been a Winston-Salem staple.


How Jennette’s Pier Became the People’s Pier

Jennette’s Pier has been built up and knocked down numerous times throughout the years, yet it steadfastly still stands today as a social hub for all on the Outer Banks.


How the Great Fire of 1934 Changed Wrightsville Beach

More than 80 years ago, fierce winds whipped flames through the town of Wrightsville Beach, forever changing the look of this oceanside community.


The Heyday of May Day

Before prom queens came May Queens, and at North Carolina women’s colleges, May Day celebrations captivated audiences statewide.