Ashe County once was called a “lost province” of North Carolina, cut off by poor roads and the swell of the Eastern Continental Divide. Today, a unique highland culture can be heard in the quietude thousands of feet above the Piedmont.
Dad always told me if I didn't behave - "clean up my act" were his exact words, actually - that I would end up in a place like this. Meaning, reform school. Meaning, I'd get pummeled by some kid whose crimes far exceeded my rap sheet of sassing back and chronic failure to clean my room. Meaning, I would regret how good I once had it at home.
Pender County is known for its blueberries and was the site of the first Patriot victory in the American Revolution, but many see Burgaw’s role in movies and TV shows, even if they don’t know its name.