Culture & History

  • Oysters Tell the Story of Our Coast

    Nothing tells the complicated story of our coast like the oyster. Symbolically, it’s a prism that refracts details about how our state’s economy, environment and culture. Wrapped up in it, is a story about our coast’s past, present and future.

  • Sometimes, a Boat Tells a Story

    The story of the freshly restored Deepwater spans from post-World War II Manteo through the halcyon days of Outer Banks charter fishing out of Oregon Inlet with legendary Capt. Lee Perry at the helm.

  • Waterfowl Weekend: A Down East Homecoming

    Everyone’s invited to Harkers Island for the annual Core Sound Waterfowl Weekend and Decoy Festival. Decoy carving, boat building and other traditional coastal arts will be on display during a weekend that is both a celebration of Down East Carteret County and a homecoming.

  • Death, Duty and Yellow Fever

    A yellow fever epidemic killed hundreds in Wilmington in 1862, including the doctors and ministers who felt duty bound to tend to the sick.

  • Our Coast: A Shelter During Segregation

    For African-Americans in North Carolina, the hotels, restaurants and “juke joints” of Seabreeze, south of Wilmington, were their shelters in time of segregation. There they could enjoy Miss Sadie’s fritters and the swing of Count Basie.

  • The Lady Keeper of the Light

    Charlotte Ann Mason was one of several female lighthouse keepers along the N.C. coast. As with the others, her identity remains largely in the shadows.

  • Carolina Plague & Nags Head

    This weekend is the traditional start of the tourist season along the N.C. coast. Millions of people will flock to the state’s beaches this summer. The first tourists of the 19th century sought the “good air” around Nags Head to escape death.

  • Fish House Delights

    In this essay, author and coastal native Bland Simpson pays tribute to Willy Phillips in Columbia, Eddie and Allison Willis on Harkers Island, John Haag on Oak Island and all the other fish house owners past and present along the N.C. coast.

  • Could Hatteras Be America’s First Colony?

    Jamestown Virginia is the site of the first permanent English colony in the New World. Or is it? Recent archaeological findings could give that honor to Hatteras Island, and change history.

  • The Greening of Wilmington

    Since 1925, the Cape Fear Garden Club has worked to make the city a prettier place. Its Azalea Festival provides the money for the club’s generous grant program to support education, beautification and stewardship.