Clogging traces its roots to Europe some 700 years ago, but in America team clogging as it is known today originated in Western North Carolina and parts of those mountains are still known as the Clogging Capital of the World. Maggie Valley in Haywood County is home to America’s Clogging Hall of Fame (ACHF), a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the old time square dance and clogging. ACHF is housed in Maggie Valley’s Stompin’ Grounds and sanctions competitions as well as the
No other state played a bigger role in the golden age of piracy than North Carolina. Today visitors to the state can trace this pirate history and separate truth from myth and the legends that have played out in movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides on Blackbeard’s Pirate Trail. The Trail showcases sites throughout the North Carolina coast where pirate exhibits, festivals and even invasions abound.
When a 17-pound rock of gold was found on John Reed’s farm in 1799, the first documented gold find in the United States, it was used as a doorstop for three years before its identity was realized. The gold discovery in Cabarrus County forever changed the state and John Reed’s farm became Reed Gold Mine. America’s first gold rush followed and North Carolina became the home to a Federal and a private mint while leading the nation in gold production until 1848.
Escaped from Spanish ships, North Carolina’s wild horses have run free for nearly 500 years in Corolla and the Shackleford Banks. The majestic horses roam freely across the miles of pristine beaches on these isolated islands. The best way to see them is on a wild horse vehicle tour, a trip with the Corolla Wild Horse Fund or boat tour of the Shackleford Banks.