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Howell WoodsReady to get away from the busy city life? Escape to Johnston County, NC where you can slow down and get some fresh air outside at our many agri-tourism sites and outdoor recreation attractions. Or experience our variety of shopping at the Carolina Premium Outlets or antique boutiques. After all that's done relax at one of many wineries or breweries. Find all this, and more to write about in Johnston County.

Day 1: Tour Johnston County with history lessons, shopping, music, and Southern food. Get a sense of what we come from and why we are so proud.

Day 2: Take it outside while you learn about our Civil War history and wildlife in Johnston County. Top off the day with great local food and brews made from locally grown produce.

DAY 1: Southern Pride--Farms, Food, and Fun

Start your day out touring the 6,000 square foot Tobacco Farm Life Museum that chronicles the everyday life of Eastern North Carolina farm families. The depression-era homestead includes the kitchen, packhouse, and tobacco barn. Be sure to try the optional activities such as heritage games, churning butter, and craft demonstrations (tobaccofarmlifemuseum.org). When you're done, drive down to Selma to visit Atkinson's Old Grist Mill (atkinsonmilling.com). Built in 1757, Atkinson's Mill has been in operation for over 240 years. Owners Ray and Betty Wheeler will gladly give you a tour of the mill's operation and don't forget a trip to the onsite gift shop for the best biscuit and hushpuppy mix anywhere!

Beer, Wine and Shine TrailJohnston County has one of the largest number of working farms in North Carolina, and continues to lead the nation in production of cash crops, including sweet potatoes. For several years, area farmers have expanded their operations to sustain the family farm, offering agri-tainment, farm markets, on-farm tours and promoting local products. Our wineries, breweries, and distillery are perfect examples of this. Sip a glass of wine while sitting in a rocking chair overlooking the vineyards and watch the sun set. Try local brews using sweet potatoes or watermelons from nearby farms. See the corn growing that will be used to make a batch of legal moonshine. All this, and more, in Johnston County, North Carolina. Find out all the details at beerwineshinetrail.com and contact our staff for a FAM trip to experience and write about it yourself.

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