Wilber Shirley is committed to the tradition of cooking whole hogs entirely over hardwood coals.
Every fall, a produce stand in Hendersonville becomes a destination.
Andy Montero built his Elizabeth City restaurant on baskets of pastries.
In Surry County, the world’s largest open-faced granite quarry holds firm as the strongest piece of land in the state.
That’s right. The big city. For years, we thought it was too much to describe. For years, we thought it was too “city” for us, too removed from us, too big for us, too crowded. Let us say it now: We weren’t looking close enough.
The waters came. The waters went. But the people stayed, giving this eastern North Carolina town the chance to fight back and become even stronger — “after the flood.”
On October 15, 1954, a terrible storm makes for a terrible day for the entire country. One county in rural southeastern North Carolina takes the most direct hit, with lives and communities shattered under the storm clouds.
In the heart of wine country, a little, old town ages into a dynamic place that stands on the edge of miraculous.
In the late 1800s, this area was the booming, industrial heart of the city. Factories and mills lined the banks along the French Broad River, producing everything from fabric and flour to crackers and ice. Those businesses have long since faded away. But the district’s creative spirit never died.