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NC Treasures

A person, place or thing unique to North Carolina

Pickin’ and Grinnin’ with Music and NC History at the Earl Scruggs Center

If you grew up watching The Beverly Hillbillies, you may remember musicians Earl Scruggs and Lester Flatt. Occasionally, they sauntered through the Clampetts’ mansion door pickin’ and grinnin’. If you missed their appearances, you didn’t miss out on their music. Scruggs and Flat also performed the theme song for the show.

Experience History in North Carolina!

Smoke drifts from a campfire, mingling with the smells emanating from a black kettle suspended above it. A group of children of diverse ages draws near to what appears to be a vision from the past—someone dressed as a Civil War soldier or maybe an eighteenth century longhunter. "Are you going to eat that?" one young scholar inquires. "Did you really sleep out here last night?" "Is that gun real?" The questions often come as quickly as they can be answered, and one answer can generate another host of questions.

NC Treasures: The American Revolution in North Carolina

What state can claim (arguably) the earliest battle in the American Revolution and one of the decisive last battles? Which can claim a tea party organized by leading women and an early forerunner of the Declaration of Independence? Massachusetts? Pennsylvania? New York? Virginia? No! North Carolina!