History

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.

Civil War Series

Unflinching Leader

Poor leadership challenges the Confederacy from the outset of the war, but soon afterward, North Carolina has a bold and inspiring defender in Zebulon Baird Vance.
(Volume 1, Part 3)

History

The Ride South

By wagon and on foot, settlers traveled the Great Wagon Road southward in search of land and prosperity, spurring the expansion of North Carolina.

Eastern

Ocracoke

Surrounded by water and filled with warmth, this island is one of the most popular vacation spots on the Outer Banks because of its people.

History

The Story of Hardee’s

Burger chain founder Wilber Hardee abandoned his namesake brand soon after launching it, but he never ventured far from the burger business.

Civil War Series

Parading off to War

Confederate soldiers and their supporters herald the news of North Carolina’s secession with pageantry and pomp. Soon, though, the reality of battle will break through the ranks. (Volume 1, Part 2)

History

First Step

In 1920, Lillian Exum Clement couldn’t vote, but that didn’t keep her from winning a landslide election that made her the first female member of North Carolina’s General Assembly.

Civil War Series

A House Divided

Doctor Bellamy’s mansion and the beginning of the end of an era.
(Volume 1, Part 1)

Civil War Series

An Interview with Philip Gerard

The author of Our State‘s Civil War series talks about the series and the war itself in an exclusive interview on WFAE’s Charlotte Talks program.