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    Greenville
    NC
    East Carolina Teachers College became East Carolina University in 1967. At the turn of the century, enrollment at ECU topped the 18,000 mark, and current enrollment is nearly 26,000 students.
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    Mars Hill
    NC
    The name for Mars Hill College came from Acts 17 that relates that while in Athens, Paul was invited by philosophers to speak to them at the forum. "So Paul, standing before them at the Mars Hill forum, addressed them."
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    Waynesville
    NC
    The final shots of the Civil War, east of the Mississippi River, were fired near Sulphur Springs, near Waynesville, and General James Martin surrendered honorably on May 9, 1865.
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    Raleigh
    NC
    Raleigh’s Fayetteville Street pedestrian mall has been reconverted to vehicular traffic and to even greater glory as North Carolina’s ceremonial corridor.
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    Valdese
    NC
    The summer outdoor drama “From This Day Forward” honors the 29 Waldensian immigrants who fled religious persecution and settled in what would become Valdese. Their settlement was the largest Waldensian colony in the world outside of Italy.
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    Lumberton
    NC
    The namesake for the city is the Lumber River, which several native tribes may have used for travel and sustenance as far back as 20,000 years ago. The descendants of those tribes took their name from river’s ancient name: Lumbee.
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    Cornelius
    NC
    The damming of the Catawba River in 1963 to create Lake Norman was as influential as the cotton industry to Cornelius’ development and growth.
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    Lincolnton
    NC
    Thomas Jonathan Jackson, later the Confederate general known as Stonewall Jackson, married Anna Morrison on July 16, 1857 in her home in Lincolnton.
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    Asheville
    NC
    Known as an art colony, a healing resort and a home to notable statesmen and luminaries, Asheville is one of the most welcoming, vibrant cities in America.
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    Carolina Shores
    NC
    The residents of the Carolina Shores Golf Course community originally made up the town’s population. The town was incorporated in 1998.

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