Culture & History

  • Tryon Palace Visits 1771 for ‘Outlander’ Event

    Tryon Palace historic interpreters took visitors Saturday to August 1771 to learn about Gov. William Tryon and the Battle of Alamance, both fictionalized in the “Outlander” series, which has helped boost NC tourism.

  • Museum Exhibit Examines Century of Storms

    “Living on the Edge,” a new exhibit at the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center, explores how coastal residents have endured a century of storms and a changing landscape.

  • NC’s First Lighthouse Keeper and His Wife

    Keeper Henry Long first illuminated Cape Fear Lighthouse on Dec. 23, 1794, historian Kevin Duffus writes, but briefly after his untimely death his widow unofficially assumed duty.

  • 1891 Strathairly Wreck Bell to be Donated

    Following the weekly beach apparatus drill at the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Thursday, the ship’s bell from the 1891 wreck of the Strathairly steamship will be donated.

  • When World War II Was On the Outer Banks

    Once the United States entered World War II, the battles fought in the Atlantic off the North Carolina coast changed the way of life for those that called the Outer Banks home.

  • Mapping Pamlico Sound: The Secotan Site

    In our continuing series on the July 1585 circumnavigation of Pamlico Sound, historian Kevin Duffus shares his evidence pointing to the Native American village of Secotan’s location.

  • 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.

  • 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.