As part of an assignment for my a photo stories class, each student was assigned to pick a zip code and capture its essence in an essay. I wanted to explore somewhere new, so I picked 27243, otherwise known as Efland, N.C.

North-west of Chapel Hill, Efland would seem to be mostly farms, a couple schools and a smattering of houses. According to its residents, however, it is so much more. Every person featured in the story described the intensely close sense of community which pervades. It seems that folks don’t only know each other, but they genuinely care for and look out for their neighbors.

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