Beaufort ties with Hammondsport, N.Y. for the #1 spot!

This year’s Coolest Small Towns in America contest had a tie for first: Hammondsport, N.Y. (shown above), and Beaufort, N.C. (Arion Doerr) We logged 368,000 votes in our seventh annual contest to choose the best hometown escapes in America. This year’s twist? A nail-biter of a finish that crashed our website (temporarily, of course!) and resulted […]

Maxton: “A Good Place To Live”

The first settlers in this area settled along the Shoe Hill Creek and Lumber River in the 1700’s. Incorporated in 1874 as Shoe Hill (from the Gaelic “S”, the shape of the nearby creek), Maxton also held the names of Tilden (after an 1876 Democratic candidate for US President) and Quhele (Gaelic for “arrow part […]

Hiddenite, NC: “Gem of the Brushies”

Source: Associated Content Published August 12, 2010 by: David B. Bolick Hiddenite, North Carolina, is located in Alexander County and in a spur of the Blue Ridge Mountains called the Brushy Mountains. For such a small unincorporated town it boasts some unusual history and interesting attractions. The area used to be called White Plains and, […]

Davidson gets state money for energy-saving projects

Source: DavidsonNews.net Davidson is among eight designated “North Carolina Main Street” communities that will get federal Recovery Act money for energy efficiency projects, Gov. Beverly Perdue’s office announced Tuesday. The town has received two grants totaling more than $19,000 for two projects – one at town hall and one in partnership with the Business Center […]

Old Fort, NC – Gateway to the Southern Blue Ridge

Since 1869 travelers through these mountains looked for the familiar sight of a tall water plume, a manmade geyser, and a resort hotel tucked away at the base of the Blue Ridge this signaled the start of the long climb to Asheville through some of the most scenic terrain in North Carolina. When the train […]