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Amusement Parks
by Anderson, Norman D. Amusement parks began to appear in North Carolina in the late 1800s and grew in popularity during the first half of the twentieth century. Some parks started out as swimming holes and picnic groves, [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Aquariums
by Hairr, John. Aquariums owned and operated by the state of North Carolina are found in three locations along the Atlantic Coast. First opened in 1976, primarily as research facilities whose focuses shifted due to [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Blind Tiger
by Powell, William S. "Blind tiger" was a term of unknown origin applied to establishments that sold liquor during Prohibition. Newspapers and other publications in North Carolina in the 1920s used it as a synonym for [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Carolina Hotel
by Pleasants, Julian M. In June 1895 James W. Tufts, a successful Boston manufacturer, came to North Carolina seeking a healthy and mild climate. After purchasing 5,890 acres for approximately $1.00 per acre in the [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Cataloochee Ranch and Ski Area
by Wright, Marilyn, Wyche, Kathleen B. Cataloochee Ranch and Ski Area, the first ski slope south of Virginia, encompasses approximately 1,000 acres on a ridge above Maggie Valley in Haywood County. Forester Tom Alexander and his wife [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Chautauqua
by Powell, William S. Chautauqua was an adult educational program established in 1874 by leaders of the Methodist Episcopal church on the shores of Lake Chautauqua, N.Y. From this base, programs spread to many parts of [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Circuses
by Powell, William S. Circuses were considered by many to be both educational and entertaining when they began to appear in early nineteenth-century North Carolina. Along with dancing and the theater, the circus came to [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Cockfighting
by Sumner, Jim L. Cockfighting in North Carolina dates from the colonial period. A cockfight involves two specially bred gamecocks equipped with steel gaffs attached to each leg fighting until one is disabled. The [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Dog Racing
by Stick, David. Dog racing and the pari-mutuel betting that came along with it had a short life in North Carolina, extending only from the late 1940s to the mid-1950s. In the period of rapid growth after World War [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Dulcimer
by Troxler, Carole Watterson. Dulcimer by Carole Watterson Troxler, 2006 Settlement schools in the southern Appalachian Mountains at the start of the twentieth century nurtured elements of mountain culture they believed [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Elizabeth II
by Latham, David W. The Elizabeth II, a historic attraction on Roanoke Island, is a 69-foot, square-rigged sailing ship representative of the Elizabethan vessels used to carry the first English colonists to the New [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Fishing Camps
by Stick, David. Fishing camps of primitive design were maintained by crews of commercial fishermen at isolated spots along the North Carolina coast during the last half of the nineteenth century and the early part [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Fishing, Recreational
by Bumgarner, Sheila, Hegyi, Laura. With a primary season stretching from spring through fall and practically no age, gender, or economic barriers to its enjoyment, fishing is one of the most popular outdoor sports in North Carolina. [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Gambling
by Homrighaus, Ruth E. Although illegal in North Carolina since 1764, when a law was enacted limiting personal winnings in any game of chance to five shillings a day, gambling continues to flourish in both legitimate and [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Gander Pulling
by Wright, Marilyn. Viewed from the perspective of contemporary Virginians and South Carolinians, North Carolina in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries seemed to exhibit a rough, "backwoods" character [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
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