Travel & Outdoor
Our State: Celebrating North Carolina

Our State: Celebrating North Carolina September 2019

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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3 min.
there’s no place like home

Just got back from a weeklong magazine conference at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, which seems to be a pretty nice school. I was excited to tour a new area and, on my first day, I spent some time wandering the Old Campus. Passed the windowless building that houses the secret Skull and Bones society, and, while it was neat, I don’t mind admitting to you that I puffed up with a bit of pride when I compared it to our own Gimghoul Castle in Chapel Hill, with its mysterious secret society, set among those classic Carolina pines. I popped into the Peabody Museum of Natural History and saw their gem and mineral exhibit — really impressive, but I smiled when I realized we’ve got something like that, too, at…

2 min.
the main attraction

1 Called the “most photographed courthouse in North Carolina,” the stately Jackson County Courthouse sits on a hill at the top of a 107-step staircase. This landmark dominates the view from the end of what town’s Main Street? A. Cullowhee B. Dillsboro C. Sylva 2 Several attractions related to The Andy Griffith Show can be found on Main Street in Mount Airy. What barbershop is a big hit with fans of the show? A. Barney’s B. Floyd’s C. Opie’s 3 A unique historical house is one of the major attractions on Kernersville’s Main Street in Forsyth County. What is the name of this fanciful 22-room structure, which has been called the Strangest Home in America? A. Körner’s Folly B. Kerner’s Curiosity C. Körner Castle 4 In the mountain town of Saluda, West Main Street includes the Saluda Historic Depot and Museum, near…

2 min.

A Taste of Place I’M NOT REALLY A “FOODIE”; I’m more of a “recipe-ie,” so this article by Kathleen Purvis got my immediate attention (“Bertie County’s Secret Dish,” July, page 91). The tomato pudding, which one popular chef described as “so simple, you don’t think of it as a recipe,” took me back to my youth in south Georgia, which is very much like eastern North Carolina, where I have lived and loved for more than 60 years. In those days, we had candied tomatoes — just sugar and canned tomatoes or lots of fresh ones, boiled down to a shiny jelly consistency — served over rice and field peas. I later found out that this dish was called “hoppin’ John,” but I just called it “good.” Jane Stephenson ROANOKE RAPIDS Make tomato pudding…

4 min.

On Sharon Keeter’s first trolley tour in Edenton 20 years ago, she had just one passenger. And the woman didn’t even listen. “She hung her head out of the trolley the whole time I was speaking, and she was waving at people like she was in the Christmas parade,” Keeter says. “I was a little bit nervous, and when I saw that she wasn’t paying any attention, I thought, Well, hell, just talk to yourself and give yourself the tour.” These days, Keeter is right at home seated at the front of a full trolley, microphone in hand. She can recite names, dates, facts, and figures, but she doesn’t claim to be a history person — she’s a people person. On Broad Street, she points out the gift shop at Byrum True…

1 min.
a journey through time

1722 The town of Edenton is established as the first colonial capital of North Carolina. 1774 Penelope Barker leads 50 women in a boycott of English goods known as the Edenton Tea Party. 1776 Edenton resident Joseph Hewes becomes one of three North Carolinians to sign the Declaration of Independence. 1787 Dr. Hugh Williamson of Edenton is named a delegate to the federal Constitutional Convention to draft and sign the U.S. Constitution. 1790 Edenton resident James Iredell is appointed to the first U.S. Supreme Court by President George Washington. 1861 Harriet Jacobs publishes Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl after escaping slavery in Edenton. 1864 The Civil War comes to Edenton during the Battle of Albemarle Sound. Neither side claims victory, and the town is left largely untouched. 1898 The Edenton Cotton Mill opens for business as one of only two spinning mills…

2 min.
the farm & the fork

JAMIE DEMENT WOKE UP one beautiful April morning 13 years ago and thought, as she listened to birdsong coming in through the window of the house at Coon Rock Farm, that she didn’t want to go to work. Why spend precious time driving from Hillsborough to Raleigh when she could pursue a dream? To live on her husband’s farm not just on the weekends, but every day, and to open a restaurant or two to showcase the farm’s bounty. DeMent followed through on her daydream. She and her husband, Richard Holcomb, now run Coon Rock Farm full-time, growing more than 100 varieties of mostly heirloom fruits, vegetables, and herbs throughout the year. Fertilizer is provided courtesy of rotating herds of pigs and flocks of chickens. Conscientious consumers buy meat and produce…