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Nicholas Graham’s revelation of Carrboro’s backstory — how UNC president and chemist Francis P. Venable gratefully  handed over title to the town’s name to the way less modest Julian Shakespeare Carr — reminded me of other instances in which North Carolina’s intent to honor the intelligentsia proved challenging: — Conover is named for the Italian […]

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How Carrboro Got Its Name

The bustling mill town just west of Chapel Hill went through a relative flurry of renaming in the early 20th century. The unincorporated area was known locally as West End, a mundane name reflecting its location relative to Chapel Hill. With the establishment of a textile mill there in 1898, the area began to grow […]

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On this last day of our ghostly journey, we head to the Outer Banks of North Carolina where tales of pirates and mysterious shipwrecks abound. Ocracoke Island is home to the final resting place of the notorious pirate Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard. It was here, at Teach’s Hole, in 1718, that Blackbeard’s career of plundering […]

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Today we travel to battlefields and cemeteries of Eastern NC for our daily dose of paranormal activity. Four Oaks, NC, was home to the last major Confederate offensive against General Sherman’s Union army. The Battle of Bentonville, which lasted three days, is the largest battle in North Carolina history and some say remnants of the […]

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Today’s spectral travels take us to the Triangle area where some residents never want to leave. The Carolina Inn on UNC Chapel Hill’s campus was built by alumnus John Sprunt Hill. This historic inn has served Chapel Hill guests since 1924, including some guests who supposedly never checked out. Among the inn’s most popular ghosts […]

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Today we move a little east, to the Piedmont.  From houses to bridges, this area is rich with haunted happenings. Jule Körner constructed Körner’s Folly in 1878 as his bachelor pad and a home to his interior design business, which included furniture and paintings that he created. The house is an architectural marvel and gets […]

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There’s nothing like a good ghost story to get you in the mood for Halloween.  This week we will bring you stories of haunted houses, friendly ghosts, and lingering spirits from each region of the Old North State. Edwin Wiley Grove first opened the Grove Park Inn in 1913. Located in Asheville, NC, this picturesque […]

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With this past weekend’s freeze, North Carolina’s tomato growing season has come to a close. In the early 20th century, you could still enjoy local tomatoes long into the fall and winter months thanks to the work of tomato club girls. Marie Samuella Cromer founded the first tomato club in South Carolina in 1910 after […]

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Our October Artifact of the Month, a 50-cent note, was issued by a merchant in an uncommon and now obsolete profession. The note is a rare survivor of private North Carolina paper money issued because of the Civil War. I’ll bet many of you join me in what until recently was my ignorance of the […]

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In honor of the official opening day of the 2015 North Carolina State Fair we bring you fried foods from our cookbook collection. Clam Fritters from From coastal Carolina cupboards. Fried Raccoon, Panamanian Style from The wild and free cookbook. Orange Fritters from Keepers of the hearth : based on records, ledgers and shared recipes […]

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