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.
culture and history
Ocracoke Light Station 200th anniversary event May 18
Cape Hatteras National Seashore plans to celebrate Ocracoke Light Station’s 200th anniversary with a special event and weekly educational programs.
Nags Head artist honors ‘checkerboard’ lifesaving crews
A recently unveiled painting depicts one of the “checkerboard” crews of the U.S. Life-Saving Service staffed by both Black and white members during the late 19th and early 20th century.
Traveling exhibit to highlight people of Winton Triangle
With its first exhibition at the C.S. Brown Auditorium in Winton, “Building A Mixed-Race Community” spans 1851 to 1973 and through 30 panels tells stories of more than 30 Hertford County residents.
‘Roanoke River Lights’ focus of History for Lunch program
Elizabeth City’s Museum of the Albemarle is to welcome Roanoke River Lighthouse and Maritime Museum curator for its April 5 lunch program.
‘Morass’ no more: Great Dismal could get new designation
The Great Dismal Swamp, already a national wildlife refuge, is being considered for designation as a National Heritage Area with new conservation, preservation and economic programs.
Salmon Creek seines: Shad, herring fisheries were once big
The historically significant site once saw significant river herring and shad fishing, back-breaking work done almost exclusively by enslaved and free Black laborers.
Maritime Museum programs include peace vessel visit
One of many March programs scheduled at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will be on the Golden Rule, a peace ship with the mission to oppose nuclear weapons war, before the ship docks in town.
Landowners find Black lifesaving hero’s forgotten grave
Retired Coast Guard Cmdr. Gavin Wente and his wife Renee didn’t know when they bought their property last year that it included the unrecorded gravesite of Capt. Lewis Wescott, who participated in one of the most daring ocean rescues in Outer Banks history.
Genealogist to speak on African American cultural heritage
Genealogist and historian Tim Pinnick will help attendees further their family tree research during the hour-long program March 16 at the Pender County Library in Burgaw.
Fort Fisher aquarium to celebrate Black History Month
The first of the aquarium’s Community Day Series, organizers said that the debut event welcomes visitors to explore the cuisine of the Gullah Geechee, find inspiration in the spoken word, and dive into a life-saving history.
Searching for Lawson in London’s Natural History Museum
Historian David Cecelski recounts his visit to the Natural History Museum in London, which holds the specimens of coastal North Carolina flora that John Lawson sent to English naturalist James Petiver in the early 1700s.
‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ free showing Friday
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville is offering the screening in recognition of Black History Month.
Taste of Core Sound program returns to Harkers Island
The fundraising event with a family-style dinner, program and auction is Feb. 24 at the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center.
ECSU Choir marks 90 years of bringing music to the people
The Elizabeth City State University Choir, which performed recently at First Flight High School in Kill Devil Hills, has been sharing its songs with audiences across the region since 1933.
Programs set to mark fall of Fort Anderson anniversary
The 158th anniversary of the fall of Fort Anderson will be commemorated Saturday, Feb. 18, at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site.