Lake Mattamuskeet

 Located in what is now Hyde County and named by Algonquian Indians, Lake Mattamuskeet, meaning “near marsh or bog,” is North Carolina’s largest natural lake. It is seven miles wide and eighteen miles long, covering 40,000 acres, and is part of the Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge.


Oakwood Cemetery

 Oakwood Cemetery was founded in 1869 by the Raleigh Cemetery Association. The cemetery encompasses 102 acres and is Raleigh’s oldest private non-profit cemetery.


Coleman Manufacturing Company

Cole Manufacturing Company was the first black owned cotton mill in the United States in Concord, North Carolina. Its founder, Warren C Coleman became the wealthiest black man in North Carolina by the 1890s.


Lowe's Companies

Lowe’s Companies is a North Carolina based chain of home improvement and appliance stores located in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. Lowe’s is one of the nations largest retailers and serves over 1,400 customers a week with 1,710 stores in the U.S. and twenty in Canada.


The North Carolina Gazette

Established in New Bern, The North Carolina Gazette was North Carolina’s first newspaper. The first issue was published on August 9, 1751.


Saponi Indians

The Saponi Indian tribe is an eastern Siouan language tribe with ancestral land located in Virginia and North Carolina. The Occaneechi Band of the Saponi and the Haliwa Saponi are recognized by the state of North Carolina. The Saponi traveled in small tight knight communities and were avid corn farmers and hunters.


NC Botanical Garden

Located in Chapel Hill, The North Carolina Botanical Garden is managed by the University of North Carolina. The garden provides the public with a display of diverse flora and is a leading research and education center for the environment of the southeast.


Pfeiffer University

 Pfeiffer University is a private Methodist university located in Misenheimer, North Carolina in Stanly County. In the quest for academic excellence, Pfeiffer University offered over the years new programs while remaining dedicated to its Christian beginnings.


The War of 1812

  The year 2012, marks the bicentennial of the beginning of the War of 1812, a three-year military conflict between the United States and Great Britain. Conventional wisdom tells us that the cause of war was rooted in violations of American rights including interference with trade and commerce bringing depression to the Ohio Valley. Other claims were Britain’s continued troop presence on American soil after the Revolutionary War, Britain’s prevention of American farmers from trading with France, and British naval ships seizing American sailors to be placed in their navy in the process of “impressment.” Yet, these alleged causes had existed for over a decade and many places including the New England colonies openly resisted another American foreign entanglement.