History: Cary, the Gourd Capital of the World


Cary, NC — Did you know that Cary used to be known as the “Gourd Capital of the World?” I talked to Kris Carmichael from Page-Walker to learn more about this odd piece of history. Read more

The Upchurch Farm: Stories from 3 Generations

Upchurch Farm

Three generations. From left: William, Billy, and Will Upchurch.

Cary, NC — Right off of High House and Davis, just minutes away from shopping centers and housing developments, is a lot of land with a big story. There, I got to meet the Upchurch family–the folks behind the incredible history of the farm on Carpenter Upchurch Road in Cary. Read more

Ashworth Drugs Celebrates 57 Years Downtown

The inside of Ashworth's Drugstore circa approximately 1957

The inside of Ashworth Drugs circa 1957

Cary, NC- It was Easter Monday on April 21, in 1957 when Ashworth Drugs opened in Downtown Cary, after Ralph Ashworth purchased the drugstore from Henry Adams. Read more

Historic Farmhouse Moves Across the Street


Story and photos by Brent Miller, President of the Friends of Page-Walker.

Cary, NC – The historic George Upchurch farmhouse in Cary took a short trip last week. After standing at 6101 Collins Road (recently renamed Waldo Rood Boulevard) for more than 100 years, the house was moved across the road to a new site where it will be restored, offered for sale and assured of preservation. Read more

Stories from a Family Cookbook

Story by Gordon Mercer and Marcia Gaines Mercer. Photo by Julie Weatherbee.

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” Charles Schulz

Marcia’s Aunt Betty has a cookbook with the inscription, “Marjorie learned to cook out of this cookbook, so it is hers.” It was signed simply, “Mama.”  Marjorie, Marcia’s grandmother, was a wonderful cook. Read more

Go Local: Ashworth Drugs


Ralph Ashworth came to Cary as a young pharmacist in 1957.

Cary, NC – When it comes to small town charm, you can’t beat Ashworth Drugs. With a soda fountain, lunch counter and a traditional standard of personal service, it’s like a step back to a friendlier, bygone era. Read more