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Our State: Celebrating North Carolina September 2020

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.

United States
Mann Media
12 Issues

in this issue

3 min
school of thought

We thought it was a privilege to get tapped on the shoulder by the teacher and then handed those dry, dusty, dirty chalkboard erasers. Two of us were chosen, then sent outside to clap the erasers clean, which we did by pounding them with all our third-grade might against the red-brick wall of the school building, pummeling out rectangular smudges of powder, leaving ghost tracings on the wall, plumes of pulverized chalk clouding the air, coating our hands. It was an honor to be called up to the board — to write out a spelling word, to work out a math problem, or, before the last bell rang, to be part of the team that got to wash down the chalkboard, plunging a rag into a bucket of water to wipe…

2 min
gridiron glory

1 North Carolina’s first intercollegiate football game played with standardized rules took place in 1888, when Wake Forest University played the team from which school that would later change its name to Duke University? A. Trinity College B. Peace Institute C. Durham Technical Institute 2On December 27, 1892, the first recorded football game between African-American college teams took place. Biddle University and Livingstone College faced off on Livingstone’s campus in which city? A. Statesville B. Salisbury C. Greensboro 3Charlie Justice, one of the greatest football players in our state’s history, played for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels from 1946 to 1949, and then went on to an outstanding professional career. What was Justice’s railroad-inspired nickname? A. Locomotive B. Freight Train C. Choo Choo 4East Carolina University’s football team has won seven conference championships, two division championships, and 11 bowl games.…

2 min

WATERFALL ROAD TRIP THE JULY WATERFALLS ISSUE was fantastic. As a child growing up in Cleveland County, my father would take his bees to Wonderview Ranch on the shores of Lake Chatuge for the sourwood honey flow. Most of the route was on U.S. Highway 64, which took us by several of the falls you noted in the magazine. At that time, the highway went beneath Bridal Veil Falls. It was always such a thrill for me and my sister to see the falls when we rode in the back of our dad’s ’49 Studebaker pickup and were cooled by the chilly water. Buzz Cashion CAMDEN, SOUTH CAROLINA OF THEE I SING Susan Stafford Kelly’s story “Let Freedom Ring” in the July issue (page 42) should win a prize! The first paragraph sets the…

3 min

Growing up, Teresa Smith spent countless hours exploring the Yadkin River and the extensive trail systems near downtown Elkin, and she almost never encountered a crowd. Now, word is out that Elkin is home to some of the best outdoor recreation in North Carolina. Interest in hiking, biking, and paddling in the small mountain town — where a section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail runs right along Main Street — has exploded. “Our little town has gotten very popular in the past few years,” says Smith, owner of Harry’s Place restaurant. “People are surprised that so much is accessible from our downtown: You can hike for a few miles, get on the water, go to a winery, do a little shopping, and have a good meal, all right here.” Eat Southern on Main. Favorites like…

1 min
trail town

Three major trails — the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, the Yadkin River State Trail, and the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail — converge in Elkin. Take the same route that Revolutionary War soldiers followed on the Overmountain trail. The 330-mile trail system, accessible at Elkin Municipal Park, passes through Virginia, Tennessee, and North and South Carolina. Or slip into the water and follow the Yadkin River State Trail. The launch point at Crater Park provides access to 130 miles of paddling, campsites, and local points of interest. Meanwhile, the Mountains-to-Sea Trail runs from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks, and in downtown Elkin, Smith says, “our main street is the trail; the markers are painted on the sidewalk.” Find out how Elkin became a trail town on our Away Message podcast…

1 min
the magic bus

A CORAL-AND-WHITE SCHOOL bus in a Kitty Hawk parking lot beckons curious passersby to enter a world of color. Inside the Muse Originals mobile gallery, bright walls are lined with art from up and down the Outer Banks. When owner Ami Hill opened her storefront on North Virginia Dare Trail in 2018, she combined almost 20 years of marketing experience with her love of local art, “which is beautiful,” she says, and artists, “who are typically really beautiful people.” When Covid-19 hit earlier this year, Hill decided to put Muse Originals on wheels. Now, the eclectic gallery showcases a rotating selection of handcrafted jewelry and art made by more than 75 artists, plus books by local authors. Muse, along with vendor tents run by local artists, can be found parked…