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.