Eastern N.C.

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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At a crossroads in Brunswick County, a legendary light creates a ghostly spectacle.

The Maco Light

For years, a crossroads in Brunswick County was the site of a ghostly spectacle. One day, a man searched for the legendary light — and found it.
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The Power of Gertrude

She befriended presidents and first ladies, traveled the world, and led the campaign to reconstruct Tryon Palace. She was Gertrude S. Carraway. In 20th-century North Carolina, she created her legacy.
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Merchants Millpond in Eastern North Carolina

Mighty Merchants Millpond

For 200 years, this man-made pond has enchanted us with its giant cypress trees and wildlife. Thousands of travelers visit the muddy waters and learn what we’ve known for years — you simply can’t get enough.
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The waters came. The waters went. But the people stayed, giving this eastern North Carolina town the chance to fight back and become even stronger — “after the flood.”
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The aftermath of Hurricane Hazel in North Carolina in 1954


On October 15, 1954, a terrible storm makes for a terrible day for the entire country. One county in rural southeastern North Carolina takes the most direct hit, with lives and communities shattered under the storm clouds.
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North Carolina in Thread

An exhibit in Wilmington showcases the state’s textile industry with spools from abandoned mills.
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