When the tobacco industry left town, so did a piece of Durham’s spirit. But two decades after American Tobacco produced its last cigarette here, a reinvented campus on the same site thrives with businesses built for the future, giving the city a new soul, rising from the ashes.


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.


Tar Heel Tradition: Sutton’s Drug Store

For decades, the flavors coming off the flattop grill in the back of Sutton’s Drug Store have been reason enough to stop in for a bite. But it’s the family feel of the place that brings most customers back on a regular basis.


The History of Grandfather Mountain’s Mile High Swinging Bridge

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.


Bath: North Carolina’s First Town

With enough imagination, you can see the Bath that Blackbeard saw when he sailed into North Carolina’s first town 292 years ago.



In the Great Smoky Mountains, a story of survival, endurance, and identity unfolds through the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians.


Women Writers of Hayti

A literary tour of Durham’s Hayti district uncovers the creative expression of dozens of African-American authors during the Jim Crow era.


Graham Flour Mill Remains as Revolutionary War Vestige

Under layers of flour dust lies the tumultuous history of Lindley’s Mill, which stood as an impartial witness to the struggle for American independence that divided many North Carolina families.


A Literary Community: Purple Crow Books

Owner Sharon Wheeler has reason to believe in Purple Crow Books’ success. She opened the store in a town populated by acclaimed writers and devoted readers.