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for The State Vol. 39 Issue 7, Sept 1971
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A granite-topped table monument in St. Luke's Churchyard marks the grave of Lorendzo Ferrier in Lincolnton, North Carolina. He was born in the city of Lyons, France in 1780. Ferrier led a secluded life in Lincolnton, had few friends, and was rumored to be the notorious ex-pirate Jean Lafitte. Lafitte had been pardoned by President James Madison for his aid to Andrew Jackson against the British at the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812. Years after his death the mystery of who he really was remains.
Tourism is North Carolina's third largest industry. In 1935 the Carolina Motor Club's first educational tour for American Automobile Association travel officials, newspaper and magazine travel writers, and photographers took them around North and South Carolina providing a crucial landmark for the state's tourism industry. The tour took twelve days and was organized by Coleman W. Roberts, the president and founder of the Club.
The Highlands Biological Station was founded in 1927 and is part of the University of North Carolina. The center focuses on interpreting the natural and cultural heritage of the Southern Appalachians. Since 1946, Dr. Thelma Howell has directed the work of the station. She will retire in the fall of 1971. Styron describes the station's accomplishments under her direction.
Western North Carolina, once primarily known for general mountain tourism, rivals Pinehurst's distinction of golf capitol of the Carolinas since the establishment of numerous golf courses. Many courses are accessible via the Blue Ridge Parkway.