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Our State: Celebrating North Carolina

Our State: Celebrating North Carolina

August 2021

Through compelling narrative stories and jaw-dropping photography, Our State magazine celebrates everything that makes our state great! Each month, we reflect the beauty of North Carolina, tell the stories of its amazing people and its remarkable history, and suggest wonderful places to visit. We are unabashedly in love with the Tar Heel State, and every page is designed to be an inspiring tribute to where we live.

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Mann Media
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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
golden hour

ANDREWS Each North Carolina sunset is a little different. In small mountain towns like Andrews, summer evenings before nightfall are unforgettable. The grass turns from green to gold, mountain ranges are cast into darkness and light, and the old barns scattered across our rolling western landscape are given a brief spotlight, serving as a reminder of the rich agricultural tradition that exists and prevails in Appalachia. DUKE GARDENS What is now a sprawling 55-acre natural wonderland in the heart of Durham’s Duke University was once a simple iris garden that Sarah P. Duke commissioned in 1934. That original garden has grown into what is now the South Lawn, where visitors can walk through the terraces, taking in a dazzling array of flora on their way to the fish pond just below. FORT FISHER In the…

1 min
hidden gems

ALLISON HOUCHINS leafs through black-and-white photographs, pointing out taxidermied hunting trophies, World War I helmets, and a sombrero that once belonged to Francisco “Pancho” Villa. The images — recently donated to the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center, where Houchins has worked for 40 years — reveal the collections of eccentric gem merchant James Paul “Diamond Jim” Lucas. From 1908 until his death in 1952, Lucas owned and briefly resided in the Queen Anne-style mansion that now houses the center’s museum and art gallery. Back when Lucas roamed these halls, items that he’d acquired during his world travels filled the home from top to bottom. “Clocks were an obsession with him,” Houchins says. “It was said that if you were down the street, you could literally hear the house dong on the…

1 min
less is more

HEAD BREWER STEPHEN MONAHAN moves carefully between the stainless-steel tanks in the back of Greensboro’s Little Brother Brewing. Monahan has grown accustomed to the tight corners and narrow spaces between the towering tanks. “It’s borderline insane to cram a brewery in there along with a taproom,” co-owner Jeff Collie says with a chuckle. But don’t underestimate downtown’s smallest brewery. On any given Saturday afternoon, you’ll find the 1,750-square-foot taproom packed, both inside and out, with regulars and out-of-towners. Collie and co-owner Daniel McCoy — who are not brothers, despite what many think — named the brewery for its small but mighty presence. “[The name] embodies the mind-set of the younger sibling,” Collie says. “Someone who’s a little scrappy, has a little edge, and does more with less — that’s the…

2 min
the full package

WIGGLING IMPATIENTLY in the mini rocking chair on the porch at Farmer and the Dail, my 2-year-old daughter, Reagan, hollers for her portion of the bakery’s famed “biscuit bomb.” I quickly unwrap the steaming, oversize, buttery treat and tear it open, sending a cascade of chopped bacon onto the table, strands of melted cheese dangling from the two halves. It’s stuffed full, as the biscuit bombs always are, because that’s the way owner Stacy “Dail” Bailes prefers to eat hers. “We like to do things the way you would do them at home,” she says, noting that she also puts a lot of sprinkles on her cookies. Everything on the menu — from the old-fashioned jacks (glazed hand pies brimming with local, seasonal fruit) to the cheesecake brownies to the…

3 min
nature’s bounty

Tomato Pie Dish This heirloom-quality pie dish honors a summer classic! Each tomato red pottery dish has a subtle scalloped edge and is perfectly sized for a summertime treat. Made in Lexington by Missions Pottery. 8½" x 2". $55 #6030-554 A. Marble North Carolina Serving Board Create a tablescape to remember with this state-shaped marble serving board. Each board has cork feet for stability and to protect your tabletop. 18" x 7½". $84 #6030-729 B. Rustic Honeycomb Pottery A pale glaze drips like honey over these inspired-by-nature pottery wares. Each is handmade by Lake Lismore Pottery in Clemmons. Bowl $48 #6030-552 6" x2¾" Mug $48 #6030-553 holds14 oz. C. Pottery Honeybee Dishes These sweet trinket dishes will heart a-buzzin’. Each catchall dish is made in Charlotte by Club Polska Pottery. Oval $52 #6030-555 9" x4" Rectangle $52 #6030-556 9" x4¼" D. Matte Striped Pottery…

9 min
bowls of paradise

THE FIRST TIME I TOOK a sip of hot coffee from The Mug, I became an East Fork pottery believer. An instant fan. A fan of dishware? Yes. The Mug — my mug — was a deep blue-green, a color called Night Swim that had an air of mystery. It was hefty to hold, smooth to the touch. It had perfectly imperfect speckles and a thick, unglazed rim. It held the exact right amount of coffee. I never wanted to drink out of another mug again. Soon after, my mom texted me: “What do you want for Christmas this year?” “Plates,” I responded immediately. “You’re really going for it,” she wrote back. “You’re adulting.” OK, so maybe that was the source of my obsession — a desire to own a beautiful set…