Culture & History

  • Our Coast’s History: Rogues’ Harbor

    Colonial Virginians called it “Rogues Harbor,” a derisive term for the Albemarle region, suggesting that pirates, debtors, revolutionaries and outcasts had settled the area.

  • Taste of Core Sound Focuses on Carvers

    This year’s Taste of Core Sound program, set for Feb. 24, will celebrate the legacy of the Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild and will feature the three surviving members of its “Original Seven” founding board members.

  • 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.