History

The Mountain Doctor

As soon as he arrived in Balsam Grove, Dr. Gaine Cannon knew he could make a difference in the isolated community desperate for medical care.

February 2011

Charlotte’s Crime of the Century

When gangsters hit a mail truck on the Queen City’s peaceful streets, they had no idea whose territory they had invaded.

December 2010

Main Street Merchant

Although Belk stores today pepper suburbs throughout the South, the Charlotte-based retailer remembers its roots as a downtown business built on bargains and service.

Central

Belmont

In its textiles and deeply religious college, it is a town connected to the past. In its trendy downtown and new commuter resident base, it is clearly ready for the future.

December 2010

Saving the Battleship North Carolina

Destined to be scrapped, the Battleship North Carolina got its reprieve in 1958, thanks to a statewide effort that brought the ship home.

History

Fire Horse Fred

For 165 years, the state’s oldest chartered fire department has collected plenty of tales worth telling. Fire Horse Fred is one of them.

History

Deluxe Playground

In the early to mid-20th century, North Carolina was a popular hunting destination for wealthy sportsmen. Among the many hunting lodges they built in the Piedmont, Fairview Park stood out for its luxurious amenities.

History

Valle Crucis

Visitors flock to Valle Crucis for its mountain beauty and historic charm. Underneath the obvious appeal, however, lies a generous spirit that built the small town and continues to sustain it.

History

On Top of the World

For more than 50 years, Grandfather Mountain’s Mile High Swinging Bridge has challenged millions of visitors to abandon solid ground and revel in some of western North Carolina’s most inspiring views.