Culture & History

  • 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.

  • Our Coast’s History: Crew of the Bedfordshire

    A solemn observance held Friday at Ocracoke’s British Cemetery honored the men of the H.M.T. Bedfordshire who died on May 11, 1942, in a World War II battle off the N.C. coast, but a few islanders got to know some of the crew before their deaths.

  • Deserted Island Village to Come Alive Again

    The historic and normally quiet Portsmouth Village will be awash in voices and music later this month as island descendants and others gather for the biennial homecoming celebration.