Culture & History

  • Book Revives Memories of Nags Head Woods

    The recently reissued 1987 book, “‘Everyone Helped His Neighbor’: Memories of Nags Head Woods,” by Lu Ann Jones and Amy Glass, brings to life an Outer Banks community that is no more.

  • Blackbeard’s Death: Part Of A Failed Coup?

    With the approach of the 300th anniversary of Blackbeard’s death, theories abound about the mysterious pirate, but an N.C. author posits that the killing was part of a failed coup attempt.

  • Down East, Its Museum Work to Rebuild

    Hurricane Florence lashed the communities of Down East Carteret County and the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum that celebrates their heritage, but folks from here and yonder are working together to rebuild.

  • Our Coast’s History: NC’s Oyster War

    Back in the 1880s, as the Chesapeake Bay oyster fishery declined from overharvest, out-of-state shellfishermen moved into North Carolina waters, prompting swift response from Tar Heel legislators.

  • Ocracoke Group to Restore 1901 Lodge

    The Ocracoke Preservation Society has purchased the old Island Inn and embarked on a plan to restore the original part of the structure, the 1901 Odd Fellows Lodge, as a visitor center.

  • Our Coast’s History: Winslow’s Oyster Maps

    Navy Lt. Francis Winslow’s 1887 survey of oyster populations in N.C. waters provided data and insight still useful today, but his groundbreaking work did little to endear him to local watermen.

  • ‘Rising’ Exhibit Documents Coastal Change

    “Rising: Perspectives of Coastal Change,” a collaborative multimedia exhibition featuring photography and oral histories, is on display at the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center on Harkers Island.

  • Remembering the Historic Mirlo Rescue

    The Chicamacomico Historical Association is set to host five days of events this month on Hatteras Island memorializing the dramatic World War I rescue of the crew of the Mirlo.

  • Pitch Pines and Tar Burners: A 1792 Account

    North Carolina historian David Cecelski shares an historical account of what he thinks might be the best description of tar making in the state he has ever read, written by an English merchant from a 1792 visit to coastal North Carolina.

  • Festival Celebrates Jazz, Coastal History

    The ninth annual Ocean City Jazz Festival, July 7-8 on Topsail Island, was created to draw people of all walks of life together through music and promote the beach community’s African-American history.