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“There are only a handful of working gristmills in North Carolina today, but they once played a vital role as community centers. “ ‘In the South, we used to have a mill in almost every county. Everyone knew their local miller,’ says Bryan King, fourth-generation miller of Lakeside Mills in Spindale. “Though they may not […]

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 1. A 1938 visit to the U.S. Fisheries Station at Beaufort inspired what biologist to write about shorebirds in “Under the Sea-Wind”? 2. True or false: The oldest known North Carolinian lived to be 115 years old. 3. What was the “Route of the Pacemakers”? 4. Who was North Carolina’s last popularly elected Roman Catholic […]

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“Dropping our bags in our room at the Carolina Inn after a half-hour drive west by rental car procured at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, we hoof it several blocks to the Yogurt Pump. Fleeing a luxurious room in a historical hotel for a local frozen yogurt shop may seem odd. But then YoPo, as it is […]

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“In spring 1775, the entire committee of safety in Wilmington, North Carolina, visited each family to request that the head of household sign a paper in support of the [Continental] Association or to state his motives for refusing. Few felt they could deny their signature when their neighbors were watching on their doorstep. “Eleven Wilmingtonians […]

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1. True or false: When the sun rises in Murphy in the state’s westernmost corner, it has already been up more than half an hour in Manteo on the coast. 2. Who spoke these words at Duke University in 1979? “If you understood what communism was, you would hope and pray on your knees that […]

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Municipal license plates are no longer being issued by Grifton (or anywhere else), but the Shad Festival lives on. This year’s will be April 20-22 (and will of course include the traditional Shad Toss). Since 1971 the town has been celebrating the annual return of shad upstream from the Atlantic Ocean to Contentnea Creek, a tributary […]

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1. To what experience was actress Susan Sarandon referring when she said, “It’s kind of like taking a hallucinogen. You have to have someone that goes with you on your first trip and kind of walks you through it.” 2. True or false: Until being imported by wildlife authorities, no beavers lived in modern North […]

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A token is usually thought of as a coin-like object used as money.  Tokens are not used much today but were common in the past when coins were in short supply.  But in thinking about tokens in the North Carolina Collection, I began to realize that such a simple definition falls short.  Let’s look at […]

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Last week the nation reflected on the work and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., as we marked the 50th anniversary of his assassination on 4 April 1968 in Memphis, Tenn. Included in these remembrances were the events and marches held across the country as the nation grieved together in gatherings both large and small.  On […]

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Is there a country ham expert in the house? I’d like to know more about Tom’s Ham Co. of Central Falls, but the Randolph County Public Library hasn’t been able to help, and I’m still awaiting approval to join the enthusiastic Facebook group I Grew Up In Asheboro, North Carolina!!! Considerably less understated than Tom’s […]

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