The Tar Heel Traveler will air a half-hour special Saturday, August 16, 2008, at 7:30pm on WRAL-TV. The special, like the nightly series, features fascinating people, places, and events across North Carolina.
The people you’ll meet in the special include…
- A grist mill operator from the mountains who helped put man on the moon.
- A 101-year-old woman from Southern Pines who is convinced her homemade snake oil cures almost every ailment.
- The real Duke of Hazard: the former moonshiner from Alexander County who inspired the TV show.
Fascinating places include…
- Reed Gold Mine east of Charlotte, site of the first gold discovery in the U.S. (The family that found the 17-pound nugget used it as a doorstop!)
- A landmark oyster bar in Williamston—yum!
- A famous hot dog stand in Salisbury, squeezed into what was once an alley.
Interesting events include…
- The coal mine disaster of 1925 in Chatham County, which remains the largest industrial accident in North Carolina history.
The Tar Heel Traveler is hosted by Scott Mason who also produces the Tar Heel Traveler series that airs each weeknight on WRAL’s 6pm news. The quarterly specials feature some of the series’ most memorable moments.
Watch the Tar Heel Traveler each weeknight at 6 and the half-hour special Saturday, August 16 at 7:30pm on WRAL-TV.
Thanks to WRAL-TV’s Debbie Strange for this capcom story.