If one has the urge to visit the big city, it can be done without leaving the state's borders by journeying to such places as Gaston County's Dallas, Lincoln County's Denver, Nash County's Nashville, and other same name towns.
Founded in 1726 as a business venture by Maurice Moore, Brunswick Town prospered as a sea port but declined after the American Revolution and was in ruins by 1830. Now a state historic site on the Cape Fear River, it attracts over 50,000 visitors a year.
The North Carolina Nature Conservancy manages 55,799 acres of land and protects 370,000 more. Each year it conducts over sixty field trips into natural areas, including the Green Swamp and Black River, to give people a closer look at nature.
After serving as an adviser to four American Presidents - Nixon, Reagan, Ford, and Clinton - David Gergen has returned home to Durham to become a visiting professor at Duke University's Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Gardner-Webb College, Winston-Salem State University, East Carolina University, and Appalachian State University provide, in addition to the football game, a unique environment to enjoy it in.
A 31-foot-tall dogwood tree, discovered in Sampson County by A. J. Bullard of Mount Olive, has been declared the nation's tallest by the National Register of Big Trees. The dogwood has a circumference of 144 inches and crown spread of 48 feet.
It would be easier to list the things Billy Arthur hasn't done in his 86 years than to list those he has. One thing that has endeared him to people across the state is his writing for 62 years for OUR STATE magazine.
The Senator Sam J. Ervin, Jr. Library in Morganton, a replica of Ervin's home library, is a 7,500-item collection that includes books, family and professional memorabilia, awards, and political cartoons.