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A living Cherokee Indian Village straight out of the 1730s.
African-American art, dance and music displays in places like
Wilmington, Durham, and Charlotte. A well-preserved Moravian village
where costumed guides demonstrate the daily lives and craftsmanship of
colonial settlers. The largest annual gathering of Scottish clans in
the world, including Scotland itself.
Such is the cornucopia of
cultural offerings in North Carolina, a place that has always been at
the crossroads of diverse and distinct peoples. Scots-Irish settlers
and farmers came down the Great Wagon Road from Pennsylvania and
Virginia in the 1700s, becoming trading partners with the Cherokee who
had lived here for generations. The Moravians soon followed, settling
in large numbers in the northern Piedmont. African-Americans,
originally imported as slaves, eventually embraced freedom and their
own distinct and thriving culture.
Today, you can experience it
all in NC, from the bagpipes and kilts of the Grandfather Mountain
Highland Games to the tradition and crafts of the Oconoluftee Indian
Village in Cherokee to historic stops along the Underground Railroad.
North Carolina is proud of its rich cultural heritage and is eager to
share it with you.