North Carolina


Buried Treasure

In the Southern Appalachians, wild ginseng faces a shadowy future

Food & Drink

Heritage Hooch

A modern-day moonshiner draws 
on an old-time source


The Banjo Room

Jim Mills’s North Carolina basement is a monument to bluegrass history

In the Garden

Appalachian Spring

Robert Balentine’s lush mountain oasis aims to preserve the beauty of the Blue Ridge for future generations

Fork in the Road

Durham’s Sweet Spot

Scratch satisfies the itch for baked goods done right

Anatomy of a Classic

Chicken Thigh Potpie

The humble chicken potpie rises to new heights


The Brothers Avett

Scott and Seth Avett play some 200 gigs a year, but when the music stops, there’s no place they’d rather be than their North Carolina home


Steve Martin: The Unlikely Ambassador of Bluegrass

Thanks to celebrity banjo picker Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, old-time bluegrass is the hot new thing


Labor of Love

North Carolina native Davis Love III crafts a wild seaside masterpiece in Mexico

Arts & Culture

Strokes of Genius

In an age of violence and turmoil, North Carolina native John Beerman devotes his art to the calming power of water

Made in the South

The Call Master

A North Carolina woodworker crafts one-of-a-kind birdcalls