Culture & History

  • Did Thanksgiving Tradition Begin Here?

    Native people on Roanoke Island were gracious hosts when the English met them during the Raleigh expeditions of 1584-87, with encounters that seem much like an earlier Thanksgiving than what most Americans learn about in school.

  • Owners Seek to Move Beachcomber Museum

    The late Nellie Myrtle Pridgen spent decades combing the beach at Nags Head, amassing a collection now on display at the Outer Banks Beachcomber Museum. Founders say a move will allow more to visit.

  • Of Lifesaving, Life Taking and Ghosts

    The Kitty Hawk Lifesaving Station now serves tourists as a dining hot spot on the Outer Banks. No one much remembers its past except for maybe the ghost that roams its rooms.

  • Back to Square One With Lost Colony?

    After digging around Hatteras Island, English archaeologist Mark Horton has returned to the original theory that the Roanoke colonists went to live with the friendly Croatan Indians in what is today Buxton.

  • A Hurricane and the Treasure Fleet

    Weather and treasure collided off the coast of Ocracoke in 1750 and the result was the greatest act of piracy in history. And Blackbeard had nothing to do with it.

  • A Journey Though History and Culture

    More than a decade in the making, the Outer Banks Scenic Byway is finally a reality. The road links the history, culture and natural beauty of the coast’s Outer Banks and the Down East communities in Carteret County.

  • Bogue Banks’ Lost Lighthouse Shone Briefly

    Fort Macon is one of Bogue Banks’ best-known attractions – it’s North Carolina’s second most visited state park – but the lighthouse that once stood nearby and guided mariners into Beaufort Inlet remains unknown to many visitors.

  • A Secret No More: Sam’s Invitation to Lunch

    The Salter Path Men’s Club doesn’t advertise it, but the group’s fortnightly feasts, a wintertime tradition since 2005, have attracted a growing number of attendees, as our Sam Bland only recently discovered.

  • Our Coast: Fort Macon and Elliott Coues

    Fort Macon has a rich history as a Civil War site, but its story also features an ambitious doctor named Elliott Coues, whose interest in the natural surroundings helped focus attention on environmental science in and around Beaufort.