Eastern N.C.

The Big Freeze

The Big Freeze

For about 10 days in 1917 and 1918, the waters from the Great Dismal Swamp to the Outer Banks iced over, trapping humans, animals, and boats. Eastern N.C. lay paralyzed, waiting for the thaw.
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Oceanside Divide

A small strip of land near Wilmington entertained thousands of visitors — some famous — during the Jim Crow era in North Carolina.
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The History Of Ice In Wilmington

Once people had their first taste of cold drinks in Wilmington in the late 1800s, they couldn’t forget that refreshing coolness, and the ice industry was born. Today, only a fraction of it lingers in the Port City.
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Carol Goerch

Carl Goerch’s North Carolina

“A big neighborhood” is what Carl Goerch called this state, and in this neighborhood, these mountains, Sandhills, and beaches, he found himself. To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the magazine he founded, we used his writings as a guide and explored North Carolina by plane and car, pen and camera. We understand why he fell in love.
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Dr. Thad Wester

The Generator Society of Bald Head Island

Nineteen families found a raw barrier island in the 1970s and made it theirs. They took advantage of the hardscrabble, primitive playground that was Bald Head Island and developed a vision for this place that still holds true.
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Capt. Ernie Foster

The Men Who Reinvented Fishing

Capt. Ernie Foster is likely the last captain in the original family of sport fishing — his father started the first charter boat in North Carolina in 1937. Now this Hatteras captain works to keep the family fleet that fishes for fun in harmony with neighbors who fish for profit.
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Dixie Arrow sinking

War in the Water

During World War II, coastal residents turned out their lights and waited in silence for German U-boats to sink another ship. The submarines lurking in the Atlantic crippled the coast with fear and claimed nearly 5,000 lives.
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Jars, irons, cigars, and churns?

How thousands of random items ended up together in a museum in Murfreesboro.
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North Carolina’s Sweet Potato Queen

One teacher and a group of fourth graders in Wilson believed we needed a state vegetable. So they wrote letters until legislators listened.
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Corolla Schoolhouse, part of the restored Corolla Village.

Preservation Villages: Corolla Village

We remember who came before us and what they did and where they lived. We respect our past, and we preserve it. In Corolla, a woman gives the town its own schoolhouse again.
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