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CONTENTS –Front Porch –Fall Music Festival –ECHNA’s Ghost Walk –Albemarle Craftsman’s Fair –Camden’s Heritage Festival –New spots for Jollification! tour –Fall events in Chowan –Edenton National Fish Hatchery –Currituck Farm Festival –‘A Time to Remember’ –PAL Gallery –OBX Lizard Land –Edenton 1722 –Battle of South Mills 1862 Albemarle Magazine • Fall 2022 –Calendar

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Fun is back as fairs, festivals, fundraisers return Welcome to the fall issue of Albemarle Magazine. With nearly all COVID-19 protocols now lifted, area organizations and groups are again hosting in-person festivals, fairs and major fundraisers — With so much going on over the next several months — we counted no less than 18 large events in the region between mid-September and the end of October — we decided to give readers a taste of what’s to come. Staff Writer Paul Nielsen previews the 2nd annual Fall Music Festival scheduled for Sept. 23-24 at Mariners’ Wharf Park in Elizabeth City. The event will feature Jordan Band, Brooke and Nick, and Chesapeake-based 5Starr. The Original Rhondels and the Nashville rock band the Flying Buffaloes will also perform. Correspondent Savannah Hess previews the Elizabeth City Historic Neighborhood Ghost Walk set for the weekend of Oct. 14-15. The theme of this year’s will be “Murder and Mayhem.” The Albemarle Craftsman’s Fair, the area’s longest-running crafts fair, also

marle this year. Hess also previews the second annual Camden Heritage Festival, which is scheduled for Oct. 8 at Camden Community Park. A week before, on Oct. 1, Currituck County and the Currituck Center of N.C. Cooperative Extension will host the Currituck Farm Festival at Way in Barco. Chowan Herald Staff Writer Tyler Newman previews several events set for September and October in Chowan County, including the Edenton Steamers’ Clam Jam on Sept. 24 and the 76th annual Chowan County Regional Fair, which opens Sept. 27 and continues through Oct. 1. Multimedia Editor Chris Day previews two upcoming theatrical productions in the area: the mystery-whodunit “Clue” by the COAST Players at College of The Albemarle opening Oct. 27 and Carolina Moon Theater’s “A Time to Remember” on Oct. 21 This edition also includes a few snapshots of places in the region that can be visited in a day and a full calendar of

late September and October. As you can see, there’s a lot of fun to be had in the region this fall. Your job? Go several years. According to correspondent have some of it. Anna Goodwin McCarthy, the Oct. 29-31 event featuring the works of Albemarle Craftsman’s Guild members will be held Albemarle Magazine Editor on the portico at Museum of the Albe-

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Jordan Band, Flying Buffaloes headliners for Fall Music Festival ECDI’s 2nd annual festival will be at Mariners’ Wharf Park By Paul Nielsen Staff Writer


rganizers are calling September’s 2nd annual Fall Music Festival along the Elizabeth City waterfront a next-level music event for the city. The free festival being sponsored by Elizabeth City Downtown, Inc. will be held at Mariners’ Wharf Park Sept. 23-24. sical acts, including one with a national following. a covered stage for the “We have all the talent booked, we have the stage lined up,” ECDI board member Jeff Mitchell said. “We have some fantastic talent, a great lineup. I think this will be a springboard to do better things in the future.” The local country-rock Daniel Jordan Band will be the headline act on Friday, Sept. 23 performing from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Chesapeake-based 5Starr will be the warmup act from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. that night. The Nashville rock band the Flying Buffaloes will be the headliner on Saturday, Sept. 24, performing from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The Original Rhondels will kick off

the music that day with a performance from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Brooke and Nick will then play from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. Mitchell said he expects people will travel to the event and stay overnight in local hotels and bed and breakfasts. “People build vacations around events like this,” Mitchell said. Mitchell said the event already has several sponsors but that ECDI is looking for more. Sponsorships start at $500. “There are different packages for each level (of sponsorship),” he said. While the event is free, ECDI will be selling VIP tickets that include a

reserved seat and two drink tickets. Beer and wine will also be available for purchase both days of the event by music-goers of legal age. ECDI Executive Director Deborah Malenfant said local downtown businesses are also planning to have live music at their establishments during the two-day festival. “It will be a downtown, and possibly a citywide, festival,” she said. Last summer, ECDI was planning a fall festival, after the 2021 Potato Festival was canceled, with the centerpiece being amusement rides offered by Florida-based

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Deggller Attractions. But COVID concerns forced the cancellation of the rides. ECDI then rebranded the event into a music festival, which featured 15 musical acts, and put together the event in just a matter of weeks. It was of October and attracted good crowds despite wet weather on one of the festival days. “It’s a big festival and we are building on what we started last year,” Malenfant said. “We started earlier this year than we did last year,” Mitchell added. “But we still have some things to do.”


‘Murder and Mayhem’ focus of

ECHNA’s Ghost Walk in October

EC’s ‘ghosts’ to tell their stories, relate local history Oct. 14-15 By Savannah Hess Correspondent


fter cooling their heels the past couple of years because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Elizabeth City’s “ghosts” are eager to appear again so they can entertain and teach about the city’s rich history. chance the weekend of Oct. 14-15 when the Elizabeth City Historic Neighborhood Association Ghost Walk returns October 2019. ECHNA member and Ghost Walk scriptwriter Marjorie Berry said promote historic preservation in Elizabeth City is “really excited” about the event’s return. “We’re so glad to be able to do it this year since we’ve had to miss the past two years,” she said. This year’s Ghost Walk theme will be “Murder and Mayhem.” “I came upon several interesting people that we hadn’t had on Ghost Walk before and it just happened that there were several murders, so I thought that it would be interesting to add mystery and


“Murder and Mayhem” will be the theme of this year’s Elizabeth City Historic Neighborhood Association Ghost Walk the weekend of Oct. 14-15. –The Daily Advance

mayhem to that,” Berry explained. This year’s Ghost Walk will include stops at the Charles-Harney house, the Richardson-Pool-Glover house, the Edwin F. Aydlett house, and the Episcopal Cemetery. Each venue will feature the story of a “ghost” portrayed by a local actor. One of the ghosts who’ll be telling his story at this year’s Ghost Walk

is Edwin F. Aydlett, James Wilcox’s lawyer during the Nell Cropsey murder trial. Wilcox was the beau of the 19-yearold Cropsey, whose unsolved murder in 1901 has been a topic of several books and a source of speculation for more than century. Cropsey, whose family home still stands on Riverside Avenue, has a been a popular ghost in past Ghost Walks and was sched-

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uled to be the theme of last year’s event before its cancellation. Throughout Ghost Walk’s long run since the ghosts have appeared and told their stories. This is largely due to the dedication and talent of Berry, who has been researching and writing scripts for Ghost Walk since taking over the role from Patsy Houtz in 2001.

that I can call on our local actors,” Berry said. The scripts for Ghost Walk often revolve around a theme chosen by the Ghost Walk steering committee each year. The steering committee usually begins planning Ghost Walk as early as February. After writing Ghost Walk scripts for more than two decades, Berry has no plans to stop anytime soon. She hopes to keep writing scripts “as long as I can keep coming up with new characters,” she said. Over the years, Ghost Walk has grown in popularity as themes change and new stories are introduced. When asked about Ghost Walk’s success, Berry attributed it to the event being “a combination of a house tour, history lesson, and live theater.” She believes the mixture of history and entertainment will continue to capture the attention of attendees for years to come. Ghost Walk will run from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on both Oct. 1415. Admission is $15. Ghost Walk venues are spaced out but are generally within walking distance of one another. For Ghost Walk attendees who might

since October 2019 the weekend of Oct. 14-15. –The Daily Advance

“I love local history and I love to write, so this was the perfect combination of being able to do both of those things,” Berry said. Berry conducts her own research and writes all the scripts for Ghost Walk. “It takes a lot longer for the research than it does the writing,” she notes. “I can usually write a script in about three hours once I have all of the research done.”

For her research, Berry said she consults the internet as well as family members of the characters if their descendants can still be located. Who plays the characters Berry spends months researching and writing about? They are none other than local actors looking for a chance to entertain their community. “The actors like to come back year after year, so I’m fortunate

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Albemarle Craftsman’s Fair will return in October at new site 62nd fair will be held at Museum of Albemarle Oct. 28-30 the guild. Pottery, wood carving, handcrafted jewelry, fused glass and stained glass are just a few of fter a two-year absence the types of handcrafted work that because of the COVID-19 will be on display at the fair. pandemic, the granddaddy “There is a little bit of everyof all area craft shows returns this thing,” said Cindy Winslow, presifall during the last weekend in dent of the Albemarle Craftsman’s October. Guild. The 62nd Albemarle Craftsman’s With the Craftsman’s Fair Fair will be held on Friday, Oct. 28 having to be canceled the past two and Saturday, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. years due to pandemic, Winslow to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 30 from said guild members are enthusi10 a.m. to 4 p.m. astic about the fair’s return this After decades of being held at year. She said many guild memKnobbs Creek Recreation Center, bers have used the past two years the Craftman’s Fair will be held a to expand their skills. new venue this year: Museum of “We really missed not having the Albemarle. it the past couple of years,” said The annual fair is coordinated Winslow. “It’s a great feeling to be by the Albemarle Craftsman’s back.” Guild, and fair vendors are guild After decades of being held at Knobbs crafts have been juried by Creek Recreother members of ation Center, the Craftsman’s Fair will be held a new venue this year: Museum of the Albemarle. That’s because of renovation work at the rec center. Cindy became a juried member of the Albemarle Craftsman’s Guild in paper quilling in By Anna Goodwin McCarthy Correspondent


2006 and has served as the guild’s president since 2019.Winslow expects at least 35 members of the Albemarle Craftsman’s Guild will be displaying their work at this year’s fair. She said some of the longest-participating guild members who participate in the fair include Debbie White who makes handcrafted dolls; Max Whitley, who works in leather; Marcia Phillips, who works with stained glass and crafts lamp; Randy Phillips, who tying; and Gregg Barco, who crafts stool and chair bottoms. Because the Albemarle Craftsman’s Fair is a “demonstrating fair,” guild members spend time throughout the three-day event showing attendees how they produce their works and answering questions about their craft. Winslow said the artisans will be “scattered throughout the museum.” That way, fair attendees will also be able to take in some of the exhibits at the museum while browsing the crafts at guild members’ booths. Winslow said the Albemarle Craftman’s Fair is a great place to do some Christmas shopping or purchase items to give as gifts for a later occasion. “We are hoping to have a successful fair this year,” she said. For those worried about having to cut short their fair visit because they don’t want to carry around

Bob Decker, of Hertford, carries a large handmade bench he and his wife, Margie, purchased at the 2019 Albemarle Craftsman’s Fair at Knobbs Creek Recreation Center in Elizabeth City. –The Daily Advance


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Fiber artist Judy Wobbleton, of Williamston, weaves a basket at her booth at the 2019 Albemarle Craftsman’s Fair. –The Daily Advance

their purchases, the fair will have a station set up where attendees can check in what they’ve bought and pick it up before leaving. For those who get hungry while doing all that shopping, a food truck will be parked in front of the museum each day of the fair. Winslow said Wings-N-Thangs will be at the fair on Friday, Coinjock Marina will be there on Saturday and Captain Bob’s will be on hand Sunday.


Admission to the 62nd Albemarle Craftsman’s Fair will be $2 per day and free for children younger than 12. For people interested in becoming members of the Albemarle Craftsman’s Guild, the group screens crafts twice a year through a juried process. For more information about the 62nd Albemarle Craftsman’s Fair, visit the organization’s Facebook page or website at

Leathersmith Max Whitley shows off some of his work at the 2019 Albemarle Craftsman’s Fair. –The Daily Advance


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Camden to host second Heritage Festival celebrating county’s history, culture Event will be held at Camden Community Park Oct. 8

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Hill said. Silly Little Goose Designs, Sultry Scents, Collins Clay Earrings and Coastland Photography are among the 25 vendors who will be showing and selling their crafts and art. For those who get a little hungry from all the activities, food vendors, including GCF Smokehouse, Owl Feed Ya, Oh Yard Boyz, and Williams Strawberry Farm Homemade Ice Cream, will be on hand. Also throughout the day, attendees will be treated to live music performances by Bobby Plough, The Beekeepers and Adam Nixon and Uphill. Festival-goers will also get a chance to pick the winner for a People’s Choice Award in the Camden Tourism Development Authority’s 3rd annual Photo Contest. Attendees will vote on the winner from photos submitted for the contest and that entry will be announced at the festival. The Camden Heritage Festival made its debut last October after several postponements due to the COVID-19 pandemic and drew a crowd of 1,200 people. The original idea for the event, however, was proposed long before its debut. “Commissioner Randy Krainiak proposed the idea of a county heritage festival several years ago, with discussions and planning beginning in early 2019,” Hill said. “Mrs. Brenda Bowman, wife of retired county manager Ken Bowman, was instrumental in the

Children participate in sack races, just one of the many familyheld at Camden Community Park in Camden, last year. Approximately 1,200 Camden and other area residents attended –The Daily Advance

Colton Cottrell, 8, poses with his trophy after winning the Heritage Festival, held at Camden Community Park, last year. –The Daily Advance

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well as assisting with the of citizens and commuinitial details for planning nity agencies that meets monthly, Hill said. Camden County Parks Just after its debut last and Recreation Director October, preparations Tim White has also been began for this year’s involved with the Camfestival. Asked what den Heritage Festival organizers learned from since its conception. last year’s event, Hill The festival is orgasaid, “One of the items nized by the Camden the committee is working

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on is shifting some of the locations of our vendors like food trucks, classic cars and certain games and activities to better utilize the park space.” Organizers will continue to learn from each year’s festival in order to provide the best experience possible, she said. Later on in October, Dismal Swamp State Park will celebrate its annual Dismal Days, an event that celebrates the nature and wildlife of one of the state’s newest public parks. Dismal Days will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and include wildlife-themed vendors, plus educational wildlife exhibits. Past Dismal Days have included displays of live animals indigenous to North Carolina. Dismal Swamp State Park opened in 2008 after being designated a state park by the N.C. Legislature in the previous year. The park is located in South Mills next to the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center. To access the park, visitors must enter at the welcome center entrance and drive around to the rear to the canal bridge. The park’s visitor center, boardwalk and many trails are all located on the other side of the bridge. This year’s event since 2019. The event was postponed in 2020 because of COVID-19 and again last year because of scheduled maintenance on the canal draw bridge.


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Clam Jam, Chowan Fair, Shrimp by the Bay, Star 45 regatta on tap in Chowan The award-winning 76th annual Chowan County Regional Fair highlighting Chowan County’s agricultural heritage will be held at the American Legion Fairgrounds on Edenton’s West Queen Street from Sept. 27 to Oct. 1. –Chowan Herald

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all is a cool time in Chowan County, and that’s not just because of the weather. From seafood shindigs to an award-winning fair, there is plenty to do and see in Edenton while the leaves are falling. Kicking off the autumnal season is the Edenton Steamers Clam Jam. To celebrate their Premier Collegiate League championship this summer, the Edenton Steamers are hosting a community event featuring live music and good food Sept. 24 at Historic Hicks Field. Getting underway at 4 p.m. the Clam Jam will feature local bands PBNJ, the Eric Dunlow Band and the Daniel Jordan Band. Cost for admission is $15 in advance, $20 at the gate. Local food trucks will be on site. Cold beer and Steamers sweet


treats will available all night. Attendees are encouraged to bring their blanket or lawn chair and sit Following just days later is the 76th annual Chowan County Regional Fair. An award-winning local favorite that draws crowds from across northeastern North Carolina, the fair highlights Chowan County’s agricultural heritage through exhibits, activities, amusement rides, food and entertainment. The fair will be held at the American Legion Fairgrounds on West Queen Street from Sept. 27 to Oct. 1.

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The fair will also feature farm and train displays, pig races, a beauty pageant, a baking competition, fair games. Advance tickets for the fair are $6, gate tickets are $8. Those prices do not include midway rides. For unlimited rides, a wristband is available for $17 in advance and $20 at the gate. In October, the Edenton-Chowan Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Shrimp by the Bay fundraiser. This year marks the 21st iteration of the celebration, which has become a tradition in Edenton. Shrimp by the Bay will be held rain or shine on the green of the

1767 Chowan County Courthouse on Friday, Oct. 7, at 6:30 p.m. The evening will feature live music and dancing, seafood from Captain Bob’s of Hertford, a silent auction, adult ring toss, cornhole and more. Organizers promise the shrimp will

be steamy and the beverages cold. Attendees can enjoy the music for free; tickets including all you can eat shrimp and all you can drink beverages cost $50. Proceeds go to the Chamber. For tickets, call (252) 482-3400.

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ust outside of Edenton’s thriving downtown, en route to Windsor via West Queen Street, is the Edenton National Fish Hatchery and Aquarium. Operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Department of the Interior, the hatchery is one of more than 80 federal hatcheries throughout the country dedicated to the preservation of America’s Since 1898, Edenton National Fish Hatchery restoration, and/or threatened/endangered species

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Skillet-throwing contest, cornbread bake off highlight Currituck Farm Festival Oct. 1 event also to feature handmade, homegrown contests From staff reports


n afternoon of food, events and activities will celebrate Currituck County’s agricultural heritage. The Currituck Farm Festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 1 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Currituck County N.C. Cooperative Extensive Center in Barco. The center is located at 120 Community Way. Because residents found last year’s event so entertaining, this year’s celebration was expanded to include more activities, contests and family-oriented activities. A tribute to Currituck’s farm families and annual tractor parade will commence this year’s festival. A food truck corral will be on site and attendees will have the opportunity to sample local agricultural foods. This year’s contests include the popular skillet-throwing championship. Other competitions include the homegrown and handmade congrown, baked or canned farm food in the county. Contest entries will be accepted for adults 18 and older, plus three youth groups, ages 5-8, 9-13 and 14-18. There will be four entry categories: arts and crafts, canning, baked goods, and homegrown items. Entry is free


The Currituck Farm Festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 1 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Currituck County N.C. Cooperative Extensive Center in Barco. A tribute to Currituck’s farm families and annual tractor parade will kick off this year’s festival.

-The Daily Advance

and “Best in Show” awards will be presented to the winners of each category. Something new this year is the Cornbread Challenge. Participants in four age groups are encouraged to bring their best cornbread recipes to the Cornbread Bake Off. Those groups are adults 18 and older, and youth ages 5-8, 9-13 and 14-18. There is no fee to enter and to register visit the festival website at cornbreadbakeoff. Other activities throughout

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Carolina Moon to stage ‘A Time to Remember’ ‘Time’ performances Oct. 21-23, 28-30; ‘Clue’ performed Oct. 27-30 By Chris Day Multimedia Editor


murder-mystery will headline the upcoming fall production season of College of The Albemarle’s Student Theatre. The COAST Players will open the year with a stage adaptation of der-mystery will be performed just in time for Halloween, said Mariah Schierer, manager of COA’s Performing Arts Center. was directed by Jonathan Lynn and written by Lynn and John Landis. The movie several prominent actors, including Eileen Brennan, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Tim Curry, Martin Mull, Michael McKean, among others. The International Movie Database

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‘Time’ performances Oct. 21-23, 28-30; ‘Clue’ performed Oct. 27-30 “A Time to Remember” opens at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, with subsequent performances starting at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 and at 4 p.m. Sunday, p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 and at 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 30. -

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Small town PAL Gallery boasts nearly 100 artists ic District at 133 North Church Street, PAL’s gallery exhibits and The Perquimans Arts League’s sells the work of approximately Gallery is a world-class styled art 95 artists and craftsmen from the gallery in a small town. surrounding area. Brightly capturing the eye of visIn addition to paintings and itors, the gallery offers an array of local artwork in a variety of media. assortment of hand-crafted jewHoused in one of Hertford’s newly remodeled historic buildings, PAL and wood items, as well as books opened the gallery after a success- by local authors. Exhibits change ful fundraising effort earlier this frequently. year. PAL also recently began holdQuintessential American artist ing art classes for both youth and and Hertford resident Jack Paradults in its building. due frequently displays his iconic PAL’s gallery is open Tuesday portraits and epic landscapes at through Saturday from 11 a.m. to the PAL gallery. 3 p.m. Located in Hertford’s HistorFor more information call 252By John Foley


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The Perquimans Arts League’s gallery exhibits and sells the work of approximately 95 artists and craftsmen. -John Foley

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Incorporated in 1722, Edenton is state’s second-oldest town

downtown; brochures and maps to help guide you are available at the town’s welcome centers. Historical Nearly everywhere you look in Edenton’s downmarkers dot Edenton’s streets, denoting the history town, you see 18th and 19th century history. and legacy of many of the sites. Established in the late 17th century and incorFor a guided tour of Edenton’s historic sites, porated in 1722, Edenton is North Carolina’s secvisitors can take an All-Sites Tour at either 10 a.m., ond-oldest town. Only Bath is older. noon or 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Guided Once North Carolina’s second largest port, Edenton docent tours are $5 for adults and $2.50 for children provided enslaved men and women with a means between the ages of 3-15. of escape via the Maritime Underground Railroad Individual site tours are also available from 10 before they were emancipated following the end of a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $2.50 for adults and $1.50 the Civil War. for children ages 3-15. Today, the town features an extensive historic For tour information, visit the Historic Edenton district with architectural styles spanning 250 years. State Historic Site Visitor Center at 108 North Broad Examples include the 1767 Chowan County CourtSt., Edenton on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 house National Historic Landmark, Cupola House, a.m. to 4 p.m. The center can also be reached at (252) Iredell House and Historic Hicks Field. 482-2637 or at can take free self-guided tours of the toric-edenton. By Tyler Newman


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This map shows where the Union forces engaged Confederate soldiers at the Battle of South Mills in April 1862. -Map courtesy NCDCNR


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Take a step back in time with the Battle of South Mills Driving Tour. This self-guided driving tour allows visitors to explore the history of a Civil War battle that took place in Camden County. According to the N.C. Department of Cultural and Natural Resources, Union troops landed in Camden County on April 18, 1862 destroy the locks on the Dismal Swamp canal system. “Closing that system would prevent Confederate naval forces from sending ships from a shipyard in Virginia to the Albemarle Sound,” the NCDCNR said in an April 18, 2016, blog post. On April 19, 1862, Union General Jesse Reno sent Col. Rush Hawkins and his troops to hold the

River Bridge in South Mills. Hawkins’ troops made a wrong turn, however, delaying their arrival at the bridge by several hours. By the time the arrived, other federal troops were already engaged with Confederate forces. led by Col. Ambrose R. Wright, kept the Union troops from traveling past Sawyer’s Lane and destroying the Dismal Swamp Canal Locks. The Confederates knew the Union troops were coming and prepared for the battle by digging advance. Though the Union lost the battle they managed to set prisoners free, steal gems and other merchandise, and destroy the bridge over Sawyer’s Creek before leaving. Beginning at the Dismal Swamp

Welcome Center, visitors can view where Hawkins’ troops charged and the waterfront near Chantilly Road, where Union troops docked. Visitors can also learn about how Hawkins’ misstep on Gumberry Road cost the Union troops victory in the battle. Visitors can pick up the Battle of South Mills Driving Tour brochure at the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center, which is located at 2356 US Highway 17 N South Mills, NC 27976, or online at https://www.visitcamdencountync. com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/ Battleof-SM-Final2018.pdf. Though the tour is available at any time of any day, stops such as the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center, South Mills Locks, and the Camden Court House/Heritage Museum have differing hours of operation. Admission is free.

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Located at the intersection of Belvidere Road and Perry-Bridge Road in Belvidere, Layden’s Country Store is a landmark where locals go to visit and visitors go to feel local. The store’s clapboard building, originally constructed in 1860, was and blacksmith shop. It became home to C.E. Layden’s butcher shop in

1952 when C.E. Layden Sr. purchased the building and moved his business there from across the street. Three generations later, Charles Layden sits in grandfather once did, on the other side of the wall from where meats hang to cure. In a time when meats come prepackaged from wherever, Layden’s sells meats the old way: customers approach the

meat counter, tell butchers what they want and how much. Butchers then make those cuts, wrap up the meat and pass them over the counter. Known for its sausages — local Cub Scout Pancake breakfasts highlight the craftsmanship of Layden’s butchers — the store sells about 400500 pounds of sausage a week. That amount increases during the Christmas holidays when the butchers package about 4,000 pounds of the sought-after products. Hardly a tourist attraction to the residents who

frequent the store regularly, Layden’s is a step back in time for those visitors who have only read about the aromas of an authentic butcher shop. A local institution that has served the residents of Perquimans County for the past 70 years, Layden’s reach now extends to Virginia, Washington D.C., and beyond. Layden’s Country Store at1478 Belvidere Road, Belvidere, can be reached at (252) 2972875. The store’s also at

Layden’s Country Store, located at the intersection of Belvidere Road and Perry-Bridge Road in Belvidere, has been selling sausages and other meats the traditional way for more than 70 years. - John Foley


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New museum chronicles Currituck’s maritime history By Paul Nielsen


The 10,000-square foot Maritime Museum opened in the summer of 2021 and it features artifacts and exhibits chronicling Currituck’s maritime history. The museum includes 12 historic boats, artifacts, photographs and exhibits that tell the story of Currituck’s rich and long maritime history for both recreation and business. Some of the boats on display are in their original condition while others are restored, but all were either built or used in Currituck. The museum also features interactive exhibits on knot tying, navigation exercises and boat building exercises along with an interactive map table. Visitors duck decoy carving demonstrations will be given regularly. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. The wildlife center next door to the Maritime Museum educates the public on the wildlife, natural resources and the history of Currituck in the waters surrounding the county. The Center offers both indoor and outdoor attractions for visitors to enjoy. The wildlife center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Albemarle Craftsman’s Fair

To Learn. To Create. To Teach. October 28, 29, and 30, 2022 Friday & Saturday 10 am - 5 pm Sunday 10 am - 4 pm Featuring quality handcrafted jewelry, pottery, glass, woodworking, quilting, leatherwork and so much more! Due to renovations at Knobbs Creek Recreation Center, this year’s show will be held at Museum of the Albemarle 501 S. Water Street Elizabeth City, North Carolina General Admission is $2.00 per person; 12 and under free Food Trucks Daily from 11 am - 3 p.m. For questions or additional information, please call 252-338-3954 or 252-562-5441, or go to

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Chowan County Regional Fair

Mariners’ Wharf Fall Music Festival

The Mariners’ Wharf Fall Music Festival will be held at Mariners’ Wharf Park at 110 S. Water St, Elizabeth City, from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23, and 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24. Admission is free. Food vendors and a beer garden will be available.

Edenton Steamers Clam Jam

The Mariners’ Wharf Fall Music Festival will be held at Mariners’ Wharf Park at 110 S. Water St, Elizabeth City, from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23, and 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24. Admission is free. Food vendors and a beer garden will be available.

Perquimans Restoration AssociaThe Perquimans County Restoration Association urday, Sept. 24, starting at 12:30 p.m. The event begins with a self-guided tour of historic homes and sites in downtown Hertford and concludes with a barbecue dinner on the lawn of the Newbold-White House at 5:30 p.m. The dinner will include both a silent auction and cake auction as well as music by Uphill. Tickets are $40 for both the tour and dinner, $25 for just the tour or the dinner. Visit

The 76th annual Chowan County Regional Fair opens at the American Legion Fairgrounds on West Queen Street in Edenton on Tuesday, Sept. 27, and continues through Saturday, Oct. 1. The fair, which highlights Chowan County’s agricultural heritage, will feature exhibits, activities, amusement rides, food and entertainment. Advance tickets for the fair are $6, $8 at the gate. Those prices do not include midway rides. For unlimited rides, a wristband is available for $17 in advance and $20 at the gate.

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The Dismal Swamp State Park and Camden Tourism Development Authority will host the 8th annual Dismal Day at Dismal Swamp State Park in Camden County on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. -The Daily Advance


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Albemarle will al Empty Albemarle raiser at um of the marle with peek event Sept. 28, to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 29,

12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. The soup is prepared by local restaurants and the bowls are crafted by local artisans and students. Tickets are $40 which includes lunch and a choice of a bowl or $25 for just the lunch. Tickets are available at the Museum of the Albemarle Gift Shop or by phone at (252) 335-4035.


ECFD Fire Safety Show

The Elizabeth City Fire Department will host its Fire Safety Show in the Performing Arts Center at College of The Albemarle in Elizabeth City Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 28-30, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Manhattan Short Films Festival

Arts of the Albemarle will host the Manhattan Short Films Festival Friday, Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 1, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. The festival world. This is a ticketed event.

Currituck Farm Festival

Currituck County and the Currituck Center of N.C. Cooperative Extension will host the Currituck Farm Festival Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Extension Center at 120 Community Way in Barco. The festival, which celebrates Currituck’s rural heritage, will be held from noon to 4 p.m. and include a tractor parade and contests like skillet throwing and mini-punkin’ chuckin’. Food trucks will be available.

Arts on the Perquimans

The Perquimans Arts League will host its 11th annual Arts on the Perquimans Artisans Show at the Perquimans Recreation Center at 310 Granby St., Hertford, Saturday, Oct. 1. Outdoor and indoor spaces for artisans will be available. The event will also feature a barbecue meal from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for $10. Contact: 252-426-3041.

Arts of the Albemarle will host its eighth annual River City Rhythm & Brews tasting party on the portico at Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, Saturday, Oct. 8, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. -The Daily Advance

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First Friday

First Friday ArtWalk, a monthly showcase of local artists, artisans and musicians, will be held in Elizabeth City’s downtown Friday, Oct. 7, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Downtown businesses and venues host the artists, artisans and musicians.

Shrimp by the Bay

The Edenton-Chowan Chamber of Commerce will host its 21st annual Shrimp by the Bay fundraiser on the green of the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse, Friday, Oct. 7, at 6:30 p.m. The event will feature live music, dancing, seafood, a silent auction, and games. Attendees can listen to the music for free. Tickets to enjoy the event’s food and beverages are $50. For tickets, contact: (252) 4823400.

Camden Heritage Festival

Camden County and the Camden Tourism Development Authority will host the second Camden Heritage Festival Saturday, Oct. 8, at Camden Community Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The free event will feature more than 30 heritage displays featuring antique farm equipment, classic cars, re-enactors and local wildlife. Visitors may also tour the historic Camden Jail.

Second Saturday Science

Port Discover, Elizabeth City’s hands-on science center, will host the Second Saturday Science program, Saturday, Oct. 8, from 11 a.m. to noon

River City Rhythm & Brews

Arts of the Albemarle will host its eighth annual River City Rhythm & Brews tasting party on the portico at Museum of the Albemarle, Saturday, Oct. 8, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Attendees will same more than 20 craft brews and cider. The band 5Starr will perform and Old Colony Smokehouse’s food truck will be on site. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door and available at AoA. Contact: 338-6455.

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iners’ Wharf Park Saturday, Oct. 8, from 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

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ton’s waterfront Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8-9.

ECHNA Ghost Walk

The Elizabeth City Historic Neighborhood Association will host its 23rd annual Ghost Walk Friday and Saturday, Oct. 14-15, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Attendees visit historic homes in Elizabeth City and hear stories of famous personages from the early 20th century told by “ghosts” portrayed by local actors. “Murder and Mayhem” is the theme of this year’s Ghost Walk. Tickets are $15. Purchase locations not available at presstime.

ECSU Vikings Homecoming

Elizabeth City State University will host its Homecoming football game at Roebuck Stadium at 1704 Weeksville Road, Elizabeth City, Saturday, Oct. 15, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Vikings will play the Lions of Lincoln University.

Carolina Moon stages ‘A Time to Remember’

Carolina Moon Theater in Hertford will stage performances of “A Time to Remember,” an original play based on Hertford life during World War II, Friday, at 110 W. Academy St., Hertford, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22, at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 23, at 4 p.m. The play will also be performed at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28 and at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30. For tickets, call 252-426-5102 or visit

Dismal Day in Camden

The Dismal Swamp State Park and Camden Tourism Development Authority will host the 8th annual Dismal Day at Dismal Swamp State Park in Camden County on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dismal Days will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event includes wildlife-themed vendors, educational wildlife exhibits, and animals indigenous to North Carolina.

ECSU Community Connections

Elizabeth City State University will host journalist Leila Fadel, a host of “Morning Edition” on Thursday, Oct. 27, as part of its free Community Connections: Performance and Lecture Series at the K.E. White Center. In collaboration with National Geographic, Fadel, who was raised in Saudi Arabia and Lebanon, won the 2019 Godziher Prize •

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COAST performs ‘Clue’

College of The Albemarle’s COAST Players will perform the murder mystery “Clue,” based on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 10 a.m. Additional performances will be at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28; at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29, and at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 30.

Albemarle Craftsman’s Fair

The Albemarle Craftsman’s Guild will host its 62nd Albemarle Craftsman’s Fair Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 28-30, at Museum of the Albemarle. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The fair features the work of both local and regional craftspeople, all of whom are guild members. Admission is $2 for persons over 12. Visit: info@albemarlecraftsmansfair. com.

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Food Bank of the Albemarle will host its annual Empty Bowls of the Albemarle fundraiser at Museum of the Albemarle with a sneak peek event Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and lunch on Thursday, Sept. 29, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

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