Hello NC As the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, we are the state’s storytellers. With libraries, history, archives, preservation, arts, culture, and our gorgeous state parks and natural areas under our stewardship, we have a lot of stories to share from a variety of perspectives. Initially, the initiative is spotlighting four counties, but we want to hear the stories from all rural communities and from the people that live and visit there. Hello NC celebrates the people, culture, and stories of rural North Carolina through local voices and rich media. This multi-faceted initiative will showcase stories about the diversity, traditions and richness of small towns and rural life. We want to hear from you! Share Your Story Share your story with us. Featured Stories Raised Rural Joe Penland Joe Penland was born and raised in rural Madison County in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. He is the proud steward of 12 generations and more than 350 years of the rich oral tradition of his Scotch and English ancestors. Read more Mars Hill Rosenwald School Reclaimed The Rosenwald school in the then black Long Ridge section of Mars Hill was one of the more than 5300 state of the art school buildings and teachers’ buildings constructed throughout the south with around 813 built in North Carolina. Read more Quilts and Community in Warrenton Warrenton, NC is the seat of Warren County and at the 2010 census had a population of 862. The Hometown Strong and Hello NC team visited to learn more about this town, its quilters, and the patchwork of rich history that defines its community. Read More Halifax Underground Railroad Halifax, North Carolina, was an important part of the Underground Railroad in North Carolina. With the largest free black population of any county in the state in the antebellum period, the community provided a network to help freedom seekers. Learn more Art and Culture in Morganton Have you seen the murals in Morganton, North Carolina! The 13 by 58 foot piece is part of a 3-year initiative to highlight cultural and ecological diversity in the town and surrounding Burke County, painted by Latinx artist Alexa Eliana Chumpitaz. Read More Check out our podcast! Traveling Exhibits Schedule a traveling exhibit. DNCR Place Finder Use Place Finder to find places to visit by activity, theme, region or cost. Grant Opportunities Grant opportunities across the Department.