An attempt by Laurel Park Estates, Incorporated to create a 10,000-acre premier resort area near Hendersonville in the 1920s became one of the biggest flops in state history and ended in financial reverses for such investors as Jack Dempsey.
North Carolina's swamps, meadows, and woodlands are home to a large number of native plants, such as bee-balm and devil's walking stick, that stand out because of their colors, shapes, and leaf structures.
Bill Williams was born in Rutherford County in 1787. His exploits in the Old West - surveying the Santa Fe Trail, leading Freemont's ill-fated 1848 expedition, befriending Kit Carson, and trapping fur - raised him to legendary status.
Since 1902 the North Carolina Museum of History lacked a permanent home; but in 1994 the Museum opened a new, 55,000-square-foot building in Raleigh for exhibiting art and artifacts of North Carolina and its people.
Although initially the turnout was sparse, the annual Stoneybrook Steeplechase, held each spring in Southern Pines, now attracts upwards of 30,000 people. The day-long festivities are held for charity.