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Tar Heel Towns: Elizabeth City
Bland Simpson comes to the narrows of the Pasquotank River to tour his Elizabeth City hometown, fondly referred to as "The Queen of the Albemarle" and founded as digging began on the Dismal Swamp 15 miles north in 1793. This historic port boasts a rich history and cultural community showcased in its expansive historic district, reemerging downtown arts, the Museum of the Albemarle, avionics and even the great unsolved mystery of Nell Cropsey's murder.
For more information about Elizabeth City, click here.
In 1985, Al Priest and Brad Brown started a stained glass studio in East Bend and, with their stunning panels for all manner of spaces, it continues thriving. Follow along as their team of craftspeople brings a design from inception to installation. View several panes adorning homes, chapels—even a courthouse—and appreciate the artistry of Salem Stained Glass.
For more information about Salem Stained Glass, click here.
On Pines and Needles
Pine straw now numbers among North Carolina's significant agricultural products. To supplement their other crops, farmers started gathering and selling pine needle bales for landscaping projects. Most of these needles come from the Sandhills where the longleaf pine grows needles up to 18-inches long. Meet some of the producers, including the Claridge State Nursery in Goldsboro, to see how this commodity emerged as such an asset to North Carolina's agricultural industry.
For more information about the North Carolina Pine Needles Producers Association, click here.
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