Eastern N.C.

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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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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Tarboro

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

Hurricane Hazel

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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