Our Coast

  • What’s In A Name? New Hanover Places

    From Castle Hayne to Monkey Junction, Dry Pond to Zeke’s Island, New Hanover County has a number of unusual place names, with stories that are part of the history of the North Carolina coast.

  • Did Thanksgiving Tradition Begin Here?

    Native people on Roanoke Island were gracious hosts when the English met them during the Raleigh expeditions of 1584-87, with encounters that seem much like an earlier Thanksgiving than what most Americans learn about in school.

  • Coastal Sketch: April Clark Strikes A Balance

    April Clark of Swansboro is a business owner and environmental advocate who manages to maintain equilibrium in her efforts to protect natural resources and promote economic growth in a small coastal town.

  • Down East Folks Cry Foul Over Team Name

    Residents of Down East communities in Carteret County aren’t happy that the new minor league baseball team in Kinston has assumed their coastal identity in its chosen name, the Down East Wood Ducks.

  • Our Coast’s Food: Mullet Roe

    An exotic delicacy in many cultures dating back thousands of years and a staple and way of life for North Carolina coastal fishing families since Colonial times, mullet roe has gained new favor among top chefs.

  • October Brings Birds, Birders to the Banks

    October is a great time for birdwatching on the Outer Banks, with the arrival of migratory waterfowl, raptors, shorebirds and songbirds, here just in time for the Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival that continues through Sunday.

  • What’s In A Name? Brunswick County Places

    From Bolivia and Calabash to Winnabow and Waccamaw, Brunswick County features many unusually named places, and getting to the origins of those monikers brings to life the rich history of the North Carolina coast.

  • Our Celestial Coast: October’s Fireballs

    October begins with dark skies on the heels of a black moon, ideal conditions for viewing deep-space objects, and offers monthlong meteor showers with a good chance of spotting a fireball.

  • Our Coast’s Food: Odd Pairings

    Peanuts in Pepsi, Ritz crackers as a lemon pie crust, fried spot and grits — some food combinations enjoyed on the North Carolina coast may seem a bit weird to outsiders.

  • Owners Seek to Move Beachcomber Museum

    The late Nellie Myrtle Pridgen spent decades combing the beach at Nags Head, amassing a collection now on display at the Outer Banks Beachcomber Museum. Founders say a move will allow more to visit.