For championing the cause of rural mail delivery, U.S. Congressman John Steele Henderson of Salisbury is called the father of R.F.D. mail. One of the first routes in the country began in his home county of Rowan, at China Grove, on October 23, 1896.
New Bern's inns, including the Aerie, Harmony House Inn, The King's Arms Inn, Magnolia House Inn, and New Berne House, offer guests gracious Southern hospitality served up with a mixture of history and legend.
Bald Head Island is a mix of the old (Bald Head Lighthouse, built in 1817) and the new (million dollar homes). A place of serenity for visitors and residents, it is also the East Coast's last undeveloped cape.
Bahama, population 500, in Durham County, represents a time when life in a rural farming village was slow and close knit. Intensive growth and development threatens the community's identity, and some residents consider incorporation a way to save it.