Culture & History

  • New Painting Brings Surfmen’s History to Life

    The James Melvin painting honoring Capt. Richard Etheridge and his African-American crew of the U.S. Life-Saving Service Station at Pea Island was unveiled Sunday during a special performance of “Freedmen, Surfmen, Heroes” in Manteo.

  • NC Coast Home to Abundant Black History

    Recognizing February as Black History Month, we explore a few of the many sites on the state’s coast where the important contributions African-Americans have made to North Carolina are honored and celebrated.

  • Our Coast’s History: Drawing The Va-NC Line

    The border between North Carolina and Virginia was delineated by an expedition of Virginians led in 1728 by William Byrd II, whose dim view of Tar Heels was made clear in a “secret” history.

  • Birth of Two Inlets: Accounts of 1846 Storm

    Firsthand accounts provide vivid detail of the deadly storm in September 1846 that created Oregon and Hatteras inlets and brought dramatic changes to North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

  • Our Coast’s History: Shell Castle Island

    Shell Castle Island in Ocracoke Inlet wasn’t much more than a cluster of oyster beds, but for a couple decades in early U.S. history, the wharves and warehouses that stood here were the center of maritime trade for northeastern North Carolina.

  • Harkers Island To Celebrate Heritage, Decoys

    An exciting weekend is ahead on Harkers Island with the 30th annual Core Sound Decoy Festival at the elementary school and the annual Waterfowl Weekend at the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center.

  • Wash Woods at 100: Coastal History Saved

    Congressman Walter Jones attended the recent celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Wash Woods Coast Guard Station, a preserved historic landmark on the northern Outer Banks.