April 2011

About Face: Catawba Valley Pottery

The first time Diane Aurit encountered Catawba Valley face jugs, she was not impressed. But today, dozens of the quirky creations fill her office and bring a smile to her face.

April 2011

Acres of Antiques

Vito and Mary Ellen Sico started out buying antiques to furnish their first home. Their collection grew into a business, and today it’s the inspiration for the Liberty Antiques Festival, a twice-a-year event that attracts hundreds of vendors and thousands of shoppers from nearly two dozen states.

April 2011

No Place Like Home: Land of Oz in Beech Mountain

For years, Cynthia Keller couldn’t finish watching The Wizard of Oz, for fear of the Wicked Witch. Now, as caretaker of Beech Mountain’s Land of Oz, she wakes up every day in a house at the center of the wonderful land.

Eastern

How Fulgurite Forms When Lightning Hits Sand

Most people don’t notice the gray lumps. They look like concrete leftovers, not particularly attractive, even for a rock. But Phil Greene sees something more as he walks the beach along Corolla. When he picks up fulgurite, he’s holding petrified energy. And that’s worth holding on to.

History

A Behind-the-Scenes Visit to Biltmore

A behind-the-scenes visit to North Carolina’s grandest home reveals more than the inner workings of a mansion. Four tours illuminate the inner beauty of a bachelor turned family man.

Central

The Women of the Reynolda House

Reynolda House was the realization of Katherine Smith Reynolds’s vision. But as the care of the home passed into her daughter’s and then granddaughter’s hands, each woman added her indelible mark to the iconic estate.

History

Hot Springs

In the mountains, a town gives off a peaceful feeling that’s as healing as its waters.

Eastern

Tarboro Tradition: Coolmore Plantation

Coolmore Plantation is both a mansion and a museum. But to Joe Spiers, who lives here with his wife, Janet, it is both a connection to his family’s history and a structure that symbolizes his own endurance and strength.

April 2011

Southern Pines

A paradise in the pines that once reeled in Northerners seeking fresh air and natural cures now stands as a home for horsemen and golfers and other finer things. For the people who live here, like the author, Southern Pines will always be the place that heals the soul.