Historical analysis: Morehead City, incorporated in 1857 and planned around a proposed railroad line connecting the coast to the Piedmont, could see its transportation importance and infrastructure grow significantly in the years ahead.
North Carolina’s fourth oldest town was sparsely populated for generations but turned itself into a destination for visitors, new residents and environmental study.
While the southernmost county on the North Carolina coast shares features similar to other coastal counties, its historic destinations, charming towns and recent rapid growth help make it unique.
In our county history series: Home to Wilmington and popular beaches, New Hanover County has been the setting for racial turmoil, economic expansion and changing culture over the centuries.
In our county history series: Onslow is home to a sprawling Marine Corps base, but its two rivers were the center of growth for 200 years before.
In our county history series: Colonial beginnings, Civil War battles, maritime industry, fishing, tourism and coastal living among Carteret’s numerous draws.
In our county history series: A hidden gem offering both natural beauty and small-town charm.
Home to North Carolina’s original capital, Craven County’s strategic location and history continue to shape its growth.
In our continuing history series about North Carolina’s 20 coastal counties, historian Eric Medlin frames Hyde County’s natural resources as its greatest asset.
The two coastal communities would each likely be dramatically different today if not for their neighboring Marine Corps installations.
A centerpiece of the Inner Banks, Beaufort County features a state park and several smaller parks to complement its colonial heritage.
In our continuing series on coastal county history, the county named for the first English child born in the New World still draws people from around the world.
Tyrrell County has long been defined by its natural environment, and outdoor exploration and wildlife continue to be among this coastal county’s biggest draws.
Bertie County, an agricultural hub on the inner banks of northeastern North Carolina, turns 300 this year.
Washington County’s story is one of isolation, success, and an eventual renewal on the banks of the Roanoke River.
Hertford County is a vibrant, successful county in the otherwise economically challenged region of northeastern North Carolina, writes historian Eric Medlin.