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February 27th, 2008
The first Colonial capital of North Carolina, historic New Bern maintains a regular time capsule of building styles in well-maintained houses and buildings. This is a narrated video tour of the coastal port city where the Trent and Neuse Rivers meet and flow into the southern arm of Pamlico Sound.
While in the coastal region, you may want to investigate some of the coastal legends that have accumulated over the centuries, from the storied Lost Colony through ghosts, pirates and even ghost ships, to a Dismal Swamp said to be home to a tragic Lady of the Lake.
To begin planning your trip to the beautiful and storied North Carolina coast, check out some of the offered information and links at CoastalGuide: New Bern.Filed under Architecture, Carolina Coast, Carolina History, Ghost Stories, Native Legends, North Carolina, Tourism | Comment (0)
February 13th, 2008
Yet another entry in the storehouse of North Carolina’s famous ghosts, goblins and odd phenomena offerings, the Pactolus Ghost on video! Caution to the faint-hearted (and those who avoid such things on general principles please turn the sound OFF), this video contains strong language and some really scary stuff…
Coverage of some of our other famous ghosts can be found in the following posts:
Enjoy!Filed under Ghost Stories, Native Legends, North Carolina | Comment (1)
February 6th, 2008
There was a nice article in the Asheville Citizen-Times and Mountain Express newspaper’s GreenScene this past month highlighting a planned New Urbanist development in Fletcher that will boast 1,600 solar panels on a 400-unit apartment complex called Rivercane Village. Rivercane represents the largest residential application of solar-thermal energy in the nation, something we here in WNC are quite excited about.
Developer Tom Ryan received approval for the 38-acre complex from the Fletcher Town Council in mid-January. It’s modeled after similar developments in Europe. There will be solar hot water, solar space heating (a design attribute), and even solar air conditioning using solar absorption chillers. Not that one needs much AC here in the highlands, but it’s handy for a few days every year.
Better yet, it’s not a private rich-people gated community. The project is for work force housing according to federal guidelines. 18 acres of the property will be designated a conservation easement with the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, with walking trails that will be given to the town of Fletcher as part of its greenway system.
With encouragement coming from both federal subsidies and state initiatives applying to individual homeowners, home builders and community developers through the Smart Communities Network and the North Carolina Solar Network, plans are being developed for more and more sustainable communities in our state. When it comes time for my new roof, I’m joining the Million Solar Roofs Initiative partnership in my area.
Surf some of the great links below for more information related to green initiatives in North Carolina, and see how this can translate into even more tourism dollars in our state coffers to provide even more support for our storied independent attitudes and strong valuation of our wonderful natural resources!
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