Culture & History

  • Estuarium Dives into the Necessity of Water

    The North Carolina Estuarium in Washington is exploring an essential element — water — with the Water/Ways traveling exhibition, a part of Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program.

  • Cape Fear Lifesavers’ Daring 1893 Rescue

    The second in a two-part series by author Kevin Duffus takes readers along with the Cape Fear lifesavers to save the crew from the wreckage of the Charles C. Dame on Frying Pan Shoals.

  • Saving the Crew of the Charles C. Dame

    Author Kevin Duffus takes readers to the 1890s in this two-part series that looks at the U.S. Life-Saving Service and the daring rescues during dangerous storms by its crews on the North Carolina coast.

  • 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.