Our State: Celebrating North Carolina September 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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2 min
back to basics

In the early morning hours, before school, I could hear the low thunder of the logging trucks, the 18-wheelers, the tractor trailers, hauling their loads of tree-length timber to McDowell Lumber, the sawmill just down the road from my house on Old Highway 49 in Asheboro. The trucks carried poplar, red oak, and white oak, bare-limbed and cut into 50-foot lengths, perfectly stacked onto the beds like toothpicks. Those logs were on their way to becoming cabinets and doors, furniture and floors. In fact, the floors in the house where I grew up were cut from white oak trees, hewn right on our property when the house was built and then milled for us at McDowell’s. Every morning, I’d pad down the stairs and across those floors, sleepyheaded and barefooted, to…

2 min
it runs in the family

1 Washburn’s General Store, located on the Bostic Sunshine Highway in Rutherford County, opened in 1831. The store sells cast-iron pans, overalls, and which type of chair that’s famously made in Troutman? A. Ottoman B. Recliner C. Rocking chair 2 Scarborough & Hargett Celebration of Life Center, Inc., is one of the oldest Black-owned funeral homes in the country. It was started in 1871 by a grocer named J.C. Hargett in which Lenoir County city? A. Goldsboro B. Greenville C. Kinston 3 Goslen Printing has been based in Winston-Salem since 1872. Allen Spach Goslen, a member of the third generation to enter the family business, played for 70 years in which faith-based musical group? A. Moravian Band B. Winston-Salem Strummers C. Forsyth Folk Band 4 The Biltmore Estate near Ashevilleis part of The Biltmore Co., which includes a winery, restaurants, and other…

1 min
hot dog!

YOUR RECOLLECTION of hot dogs (“Easy Does It,” July, page 8) reminded me of the many times in the early ’60s that I would walk to Tanner’s on Tryon Street in Charlotte for the best dogs I’ve ever eaten! As you say, “Mustard, chili, slaw, and onions.” Can’t beat it and, unfortunately, can’t replicate it. Great memories! Kathryn TeagueLAWRENCEVILLE, GEORGIA I LOVE THE CAROLINA DOG. WHEN I moved to Virginia many years ago, I ordered a hot dog all the way at a local diner. The waitress asked, “All the way what?” I told her, “It must be a Carolina thing!” Diane Davis RogichVIA FACEBOOK Follow the Smoke Last week, my husband and I ventured out to find Redneck BBQ Lab (“The Science of Smoke,” July, page 102). Well worth the trip. Benson was bigger…

1 min
view from here

Reflecting History GREENSBORO Built in 2017, the Old Mill, located in the Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden, is an homage to Greensboro’s long-standing textile history. The mill was constructed as a replica of one operated in the 1780s by David Caldwell, an influential Greensboro resident who played a large role in establishing an educational system in the city in the 18th century. The mill, a popular feature in the seven-and-a-half-acre park, celebrates the city’s natural beauty and rich history. APPALACHIAN TRAIL/MAX PATCH As they emerge from the tree line, early morning hikers on the Appalachian Trail are met with a gorgeous sunrise view of Max Patch, a beloved western North Carolina landscape. In September, foot traffic on the trail winds down as the 2,500 or so thru-hikers who dare to trek the trail in its…

2 min
to-do list

discover THE OUTDOORS From camping on the Outer Banks to practicing yoga on stand-up paddleboards to kayaking down Piedmont rivers, Jo Proia believes in the healing and empowering qualities of the outdoors. After eight and a half years spent working in outdoor recreation and education for women, Proia created Outdoor Women in January 2020, teaching activities such as kayaking, paddleboarding, hiking, and plant identification throughout the state to women of all experience levels. “Nature heals — mentally, emotionally, and physically,” Proia says. “We specialize in allowing an empowered, educated, and supportive environment for women to reconnect with that love of adventure and the outdoors.” To learn more about Outdoor Women by Jo Proia, visit outdoorwomenbyjp.com. learn ABOUT CHEROKEE CULTURE Cherokee Heritage Festival HAYESVILLE SEP 18 Watch members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians perform dances and demonstrations,…

4 min

COUNTY: Lee POPULATION: 30,000 INCORPORATED: 1874 TOWN SLOGAN: “Well Centered” NICKNAME: Brick City When Peggy Taphorn moved to Sanford in 2007, the Temple Theatre was known as “the hidden gem of Lee County.” But it’s not hidden anymore. Thanks to Taphorn, the theater’s producing artistic director, and a community that’s passionate about supporting the arts, the Temple has become a regional destination, and Sanford along with it. Before the pandemic, 40,000 people from 63 counties visited the theater each year. They would see a show, shop at the boutiques and antiques stores, eat at the local restaurants, and socialize at the downtown brewery. “Not only are we the cultural center, but we’re also the economic driver of downtown,” Taphorn says. Taphorn came to Sanford from New York City after 22 years spent working…