The last remaining Shell gas station shaped like a clamshell in Winston-Salem. (Image via Wikipedia)
UFO Homes, Clamshell Gas Stations, and Giant Domes: 6 NC Destinations for Bizarre Architecture

Modernist architecture, which peaked between 1933 and 1965, is spacey, minimalistic, and experimental. But vestiges of this eye-catching period can be found all over North Carolina.

Film and television producers think this Wilmington bookstore looks good on film. Hence, they shoot here often. We think it's a great place to buy a book too. (Image courtesy of Old Books on Front Street)
Each of These 20 Indie Bookstores In North Carolina Has a Story to Tell 

Independent bookstores are as much a community as they are a business. And business is booming. From Buxton to Boone and parts in between, here are our picks for the best ones to check out. 

Former civil rights lawyer and activist Floyd McKissick watches work begin on his "Soul City" project, a long-gestating Black empowerment utopia that ultimately couldn't escape the bad press from white supremacists. (AP Photo/Harold Valentine)
6 Utopias You Didn’t Know Existed in North Carolina

A Black refuge for economic empowerment, a lesbian commune, and a refuge for enslaved people: Let's take a tour of the hidden societies within North Carolina society. 

Yum! The Venus fly trap, a native of Wilmington, does its thing with a common house fly. (Shutterstock)
Ghosts, Gnomes, and Carnivorous Plants: 8 Spots To Get Weird in Wilmington

North Carolina's eccentric port city is a destination, and not just because lots of TV shows were filmed there.

Here lies North Carolina's literary giants. Riverside Cemetery in Asheville is the final resting place for Thomas Wolfe and O. Henry, as well as plenty of other historic western NC graves. (Shutterstock)
Morbid Curiosity: North Carolina’s Most Fascinating Graveyards

We’ve been scoping out North Carolina’s oldest, most haunted, and most hidden cemeteries.

What a showoff. An otherwise beautiful male indigo bunting (left) looks rather plain in comparison to the male painted bunting, one of 7 elusive North Carolina birds to watch. (Shutterstock)
Rare Bird Bingo: Our Guide to Finding 7 Elusive (But Beautiful) North Carolina Avians

From Crayola-colored buntings to a bird that looks like a flame in flight, we’ll tell you where to find some of our favorite feathered friends.

DeWitt Powell, Jones Lake's longtime park superintendent, vigilantly guarded the atmosphere of peace and dignity of the park. No litter or profanity was permitted, and Black families could camp, hike, fish, swim or just relax on the lake's shores. Powell, who held his post for decades,  established that atmosphere in the Jim Crow era, against the odds in rural Bladen County.
How the ‘MLK of Jones Lake’ Made This NC Park an Island of Equality

Jones Lake State Park, North Carolina’s first to admit Black visitors, was a place guests could breathe freely, thanks to its first Black park superintendent.