History

Dolley Madison’s Red Velvet Dress is Our Scarlet Mystery

Dolley Madison was born in Greensboro, and the most famous piece of her wardrobe resides in the city’s museum. But where did her red velvet dress — The Dress, rather — originate?

History

Was North Carolina a Haven for Pirates?

Everybody knows Blackbeard made a habit of roaming North Carolina’s shores, but few know the real reasons why.

History

Why is Raleigh the Capital of North Carolina?

Raleigh wasn’t always the capital of North Carolina. The story of how it became our state’s seat of government is more complicated than you may think.

History

Are the Tar and Pamlico Rivers the Same River?

There’s a distinct line that divides the Tar and Pamlico rivers, but many don’t even realize that the two waterways are one and the same.

History

Preservation Efforts Continue Full Steam Ahead at NC Train Stations

The setting for many a joyful arrival or weepy departure, where riders clutched boxed lunches, duffle bags, and vanity cases, train stations across the state nearly fell into obsolescence. Now, these architectural and sentimental jewels are back on track, for viewing, celebrating, and, of course, catching a train.

History

Wagons Ho! A Look at the Daniel Boone Wagon Train

The brave North Carolinians who followed in Daniel Boone’s footsteps with wagons and livestock could’ve done it in cars and buses. But this was a special occasion.

History

Secrets of Sunny Point

Most everyone in Brunswick County knows about Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point, the country’s largest ammunition port. But hardly anyone knows exactly what happens there.