Our Coast

  • The 1585 Circumnavigation of Pamlico Sound

    Historian Kevin Duffus writes in the first part of his Crossing The Threshold of History series about the 1585 circumnavigation of Pamlico Sound by the English to create a map of the estuary and a visual record of those who lived there.

  • NC-Style Fried Fish Sandwich Is the Real Deal

    Whether takeout or made at home, a North Carolina-style fried fish sandwich puts the fast food giants’ offerings to shame, and our Liz Biro shares tips on how to do it right and where to find the best ones made to order.

  • Navy’s Ocracoke ‘Loop Shack’ Was Ineffective

    During summer 1942, the Navy built a secret underwater magnetic loop station on Ocracoke Island to detect the presence of German U-boats off the North Carolina coast, but the station made no contribution to the war effort.

  • Effort On to Link Heritage Corridor, Greenway

    Brunswick County commissioners have agreed to support a plan to connect the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor with the East Coast Greenway, which would showcase for hikers, cyclists and paddlers the history of enslaved Africans here.

  • Escapist ‘Outer Banks’ Confronts Real Issues

    Stars from the fictional Netflix series “Outer Banks” and its viewers who call the Outer Banks home recently spoke to Coastal Review Online about teenage stereotypes and other issues the show portrays.

  • Preservation Is Purpose At Kitty Hawk Woods

    The largest of the three N.C. Coastal Reserve sites on the Outer Banks, Kitty Hawk Woods has foot and kayak trails, but the main focus here is and always has been protecting the natural environment.

  • Iced Tea Day Celebrates Southern Brew

    Sugary sweet and steeped to perfection, it’s the quintessential Southern beverage that’s also getting attention far beyond the region: June 10 is National Iced Tea Day.

  • Portuguese Men-Of-War Dot NC Beaches

    They don’t always show up this time of year, but since early May Portuguese men-of-war have been washing up on beaches up and down the North Carolina coast, so step carefully.

  • History Rediscovered: NC’s First Lighthouse

    What did the first lighthouse on the Cape Fear River look like and what really happened to it? Documents that maritime historian Kevin Duffus found in the National Archives shed some light.

  • The Story of Shad Boats

    Historian David Cecelski introduces his 12-part series, “The Story of Shad Boats,” that explores the origins, construction and history of the workboats found on the North Carolina coast in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

  • Lockdown Inspires Outer Banks Students’ Art

    The pandemic lockdown has inspired university students stuck at home on the Outer Banks to further explore and develop their creativity, much like Isaac Newton and William Shakespeare during their day.