Furniture making is the major industry in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, and Catawba Counties. The centerpiece is a 20-mile stretch of highway in Caldwell County that features forty furniture stores and 600 lines.
The state is home to some of the finest botanical gardens in the nation, including those of Orton Plantation near Wilmington, the Elizabethan Gardens on Roanoke Island, and the Sarah P. Duke Gardens at Duke University.
The marriage in 1865 of Eleanor Swain, daughter of a former governor and then UNC president David L. Swain, to Union General Smith D. Atkins, was highly controversial and divisive in the town of Chapel Hill.
Located in Hyde County on the shores of Pamlico Sound, Nebraska was a small center of trade in the 1800s. Now, with only thirteen families living nearby, it is comprised mostly of endless farm acres and a few empty buildings.