Our State: Celebrating North Carolina October 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.

United States
Mann Media
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
miles to go

On the Blue Ridge Parkway, there are only two directions you can go: north or south. Follow the walnut-colored arrows on the signposts pointing the way on a road that has not been widened, has not been rerouted, has not been altered in more than 80 years. Those weathered signs share space, unobtrusively, on the shoulder of the road with dogwood and tulip trees, with white-blooming rosebay rhododendrons and flame azaleas; with soft pink mountain laurel and violet joe-pye weed; with crimson maples and brilliant ochre oaks. At the Air Bellows Overlook, stands of Christmas trees sweep the sloping valley below. At the Stone Mountain Overlook, the exposed granite dome, streaked in shades of cream and khaki, pops out barefaced amid the leafy hills. At the Thunder Hill Overlook, the deep…

2 min
follow the river

1 The New River begins near the Alleghany-Ashe county line, and many scientists say that it’s one of the oldest rivers in North America. Like the Nile, the New River flows in which general direction? ○ A. East ○ B. West ○ C. North ○ 2 Taking its name from the Cherokee word for sugar, the Cullasaja River has many interesting features, including Bust Your Butt Falls. The river begins in which county? ○ A. Macon ○ B. Swain ○ C. Buncombe 3 The Linville River flows through a spectacular set of falls in Burke County. After it settles down a bit, the river makes its way into which lake near Marion and Morganton? ○ A. Lure ○ B. James ○ C. Junaluska 4 The Little Tennessee River begins in Georgia and flows through Macon and Swain counties in North Carolina before…

2 min
nuts for august!

I SO ENJOYED the peanuts article by Katie Saintsing (“Peanuts! Get Your Peanuts!” August, page 64). Like most, I grew up with peanuts and, especially, peanut butter. Peanuts at the St. Louis Cardinals baseball games, peanut butter sandwiches, peanut butter with saltine crackers for a late-night snack — and, most memorably, peanut butter on warm French toast made from challah, the egg-rich Jewish Sabbath bread, on Sunday mornings. Thanks for the memories! Marvin CytronNEW BERN A NATIONAL LEGACY I thoroughly enjoyed Susan Stafford Kelly’s wonderful article on National Wholesale (“Dresses for Success,” August, page 88). I am very familiar with this company as I am a lucky woman “of a certain age.” Every single word in this article is the genuine truth! The amazing spirit of the company’s founder, Eddie C. Smith, is…

1 min
view from here

Off the Grid WAYNESVILLE At 5,580 feet, the Roy Taylor Forest Overlook gives travelers along the Blue Ridge Parkway a sprawling view of the mountains and a peek at the small town of Sylva below. Named for Representative Roy Taylor, the overlook bears a plaque praising the congressman’s dedication to passing the 1964 Wilderness Act, which created the National Wilderness Preservation System. LINVILLE Little Wilson Creek flows through the Tanawha Trail at Rough Ridge — a lookout with views of Grandfather Mountain and the Linn Cove Viaduct. This short hike just off the Blue Ridge Parkway rewards visitors with scenery that rivals those of lengthier, more strenuous hikes in the area. CHEROKEE In the Great Smoky Mountains, a lone bull elk takes a sip from the Oconaluftee River. Known regionally as the Luftee, these waters flow…

1 min
to-do list

carve A SEAWORTHY JACK-O’-LANTERN Pumpkin Flotilla CARY OCT 29 Clean out a soccer ball-size pumpkin at home, and carve a silly face, a ghost, a cat, or another image of your choosing into its side. Then, drop off your decorated gourd near the Bond Park Boathouse — lights and flotation devices will be provided. At dusk, grab a snack at the concession stand and watch your jack-o’-lantern float across Bond Lake. (919) 462-3970, townofcary.org collect GLASS GOURDS Lisa Oakley is in the hot seat. She’s facing a 2,000-degree furnace — a temperature equivalent to molten lava — but she isn’t fazed. Using a four-and-a-half-foot metal rod, she gathers liquid glass out of the furnace, carefully adds colored glass to the searing, red-hot ball, and places it into a form, where she turns, blows, and shapes it…

1 min
visit a patch

THIRD DAY MARKET’S PUMPKIN PATCH JEFFERSON Twenty years ago, Third Day Market was a roadside stand selling flowers in the spring and pumpkins in the fall. Now, you can get lost in a hay maze, explore an expansive nursery, and choose from heaps of colorful pumpkins and other gourds. 599 NC Highway 16 South (336) 846-1089, thirddaymarket.com JOHNNY WILSON FARM GRANITE FALLS Head to Johnny Wilson Farm for an outing packed full of farm animals, corn and corral mazes, apple orchards, and, most important, pumpkins. 5163 Precious Memories Lane (828) 217-1874, johnnywilsonfarm.com RIVERBEND FARM MIDLAND This is Riverbend’s 29th year as a pumpkin patch. Come celebrate with the farm by hitching a hayride and browsing for the perfect pumpkin. 12150 McManus Road (704) 622-7192, riverbendfarm.net NAYLOR FAMILY FARM & CORN MAZE FUQUAY-VARINA Spend the day exploring a pumpkin patch, 10-acre corn maze, petting zoo, and newly opened…