A Pirate’s Life for NC

In the 1950s and ’60s, the Dare Coast Pirates Jamboree brought dancing, fish fries, and elaborate costumes to the Outer Banks each spring — until things got a little too rowdy.


A Slice to Remember

When pizza parlors arrived in North Carolina, the checkered tablecloths and warm, garlicky welcome changed downtown eating — and campus life — forever.

Decades Series

The 1950s: At The Drive-In

After the war, North Carolinians hit the road on gasoline that’s newly cheap and plentiful. Sleek cars in a kaleidoscope of colors carry families to drive-in theaters and restaurants, where they watch and dine under the stars.


Making The Mountains-To-Sea Trail

For more than 40 years, the Mountains-to-Sea Trail has stretched nearly 1,200 miles across North Carolina. But for the passionate advocates who work to move the path off of roadways and into woods and fields — a fraction of a mile at a time — improving the trail is an ongoing journey.


Blueprint For A Movement

A tenacious architect with a lofty goal turned North Carolina State University into a powerhouse of modernist design.


50 Years of Furniture Tradition: Part 1

In the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, LEE Industries plays an integral role in the local furniture-making community, whose proud craftspeople continue a tradition that has been passed down for generations.