Miles Darden, of Northampton County, at 1,020 pounds; Lewis Lewark, of Currituck County, at 840 pounds; and Decatur Gillikin, of Currituck County (weighing only 220 pounds, but very strong) were among the state's biggest people.
Elisha Mitchell, scientist, minister, and University of North Carolina professor, lost his life trying to prove that Black Dome, now called Mount Mitchell, was the highest peak in the Eastern United States.
The South is a land of traditions and fine foods, and no true Southerner would begin the day without grits as a part of breakfast. In 1995, an A. C. Neilson research report ranked Charlotte fifth in grits consumption nationwide.
Concern of Watauga County farmers about childhood leukemia brought a change in pesticide and herbicide use. Crop and Christmas tree yields are up, wildlife has increased, and the leukemia rate has fallen in six years.