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rom the beautiful waters of Lake
Roanoke Canal Trail
Gaston to the quiet trails of the
Nothing beats the opportunity to take
Roanoke Canal and the beautiful
an exercise run or a leisurely stroll and enjoy
In addition to enjoying the natural beauty
waterfowl park that is Sylvan Heights, there is
natural beauty at the same time. That’s
of the trail, there is a variety of wildlife and
something to draw people to just about every
exactly what one can find along the Roanoke
plants visitors can enjoy including deer,
portion of Halifax County.
Canal Trail which leads from Roanoke Rapids
fox along with bald Eagles, osprey, hawks,
to Weldon or vice versa.
woodpeckers, nuthatches, owls and blue
While Roanoke Rapids remains the commerce
throughout Halifax County that have mustsee spaces – from Littleton in the northwest corner all the way to Scotland Neck in the southeast and everywhere in between. And of course, you can’t mention Halifax County without the storied history of the
The trail, which goes along the same trail
Museum, River Road or The Aqueduct.
used in the early 1800s helps tell the story
If visiting in the summer it’s possible to
of the history of transportation in the region.
see Mississippi Kites, Swainson’s Warbler,
Segments of the canal remain intact
Cerulean Warbler and other neotropical
and indeed the canal, town path and canal structures were added to the National Register of Historic Places back in 1976. There are a variety of offerings depending
songbirds. The canal trail is open from dawn to dusk each day. The museum attached to the trail is open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tuesday
town of Halifax or the beautiful Roanoke
on what each person is seeking. Hiking times
can be from 45 minutes all the way to an
Those wishing to find a map can do so at
hour and a half. One can begin the trail at
Roanoke Rapids Lake, the Roanoke Canal
Here is a look at five places you won’t want to miss during your trip to Halifax County.
Weldon Mills Distillery One of the newest and most beloved places to visit in Halifax County is the Weldon Mills Distillery, which is on Rock Fish Road in Weldon and has the distinction of having the Roanoke River flow right onto its banks. The distillery – which is the brainchild of Bruce Tyler and Michael Hinderliter – has already won numerous awards for the excellent bourbon produced right here in North Carolina. Tyler said he and Hinderliter had been friends for many years and they often shared memories over a glass of bourbon and a
bourbon are the All Malt, the Weldon Mills
cigar. Their love for those things led to the
Select and the Soldier’s Cut.
Weldon Mills Distillery is open for tours from noon to 7 p.m. Monday through
establishment of the distillery in Weldon,
The All Malt is a limited-production ultra
Thursday, noon to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday
which offers tours and tastings of their
premium barrel proof bourbon while the
and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. It is located at
Weldon Mills Select has won numerous
200 Rockfish Drive in Weldon.
“There are many ingredients that flavor
awards. It is a 94-proof bourbon made with
In addition, the Mill Building is open for
this distillery in the Roanoke River Valley. A
North Carolina corn, malted wheat, malted
events such as weddings, anniversaries and
naturally beautiful environment, pristine river
barley and water from the Roanoke River.
corporate events and is located on the same
water and people with an insatiable desire to succeed,” the website boasts.
The Soldier’s Cut is 82-proof bourbon honoring the Eighty Second Airborne and
Three of the most popular brands of
site. For more information, go to www.
raises money for Gold Star families.
Downtown Littleton To call Littleton one of the most well-kept
Littleton – such as Littleton Hardware and
but provides a casual environment and
secrets in the region is an understatement.
Grandpa’s Kitchen – there has been the
down-home hospitality while the coffee shop
features delicious coffee and gourmet treats.
addition of Daphne’s Coffee Shop and Blue
wonderful food, excellent wine and a close
Jay Bistro among other places that have grown
proximity to beautiful Lake Gaston.
as part of a revitalization project in downtown.
In addition to the mainstays in downtown
The Bistro is an upscale dining experience,
Visitors and residents can spend an entire day shopping in downtown Littleton. Main Street Books offers something for everyone while the Union Mission Thrift Store is available for those looking for a unique find – from clothing to kitchen ware and the like. Once Upon A County Line - an eclectic emporium featuring vintage items, antiques, gifts, quilts, jewelry, candles and home furnishing and decor. Items are both new and sold on consignment. Grandpa’s Kitchen is a staple of Littleton with some of the best barbecue in the region. It combines good food with a friendly atmosphere. As Littleton business owner Buddy Isles said, “I believe you can walk into any business in Littleton and be greeted with a smile. It doesn’t matter if you live here or not.”
Sylvan Heights Bird Park For nearly two decades, the Lubbock
of Mike and Ali Lubbock. The couple moved
aviaries are surrounded by tranquil gardens
family has used their extensive knowledge of
to the United States and began breeding rare
and lush natural areas.
waterfowl to make Sylvan Heights Bird Park a
waterfowl before moving the entire operation
destination for people from near and far.
to Scotland Neck in 1989.
In addition, there is the Landing Zone, which is popular amongst visitors, where
The waterfowl park, which is home to over
The 18-acre facility located in southern
those entering the facility can feed parakeets
2,000 waterfowl, parrots, toucans, flamingos
Halifax County is well-attended by everyone
and the birds will land on shoulders or hands
and other exotic birds, came about because
from senior citizens to school groups. The
and, sometimes, even someone’s head. Currently the facility, which is located at 500 Sylvan Heights Park Way in Scotland Neck, welcomes more than 55,000 visitors per year. In the summer (April through October), the park is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults (13-61), $11 for seniors and $9 for children three to 12. Children two and under are free. In addition to self-guided tours, Sylvan Heights offers guided tours and multitude of events which are available to the general public. Seeing the entire park will take most guests about two hours though many choose to stay even longer. For more information or to plan a visit, go online at shwpark.com.
Eagle Tavern One of America’s true historic towns in the county seat of Halifax County – the town of
that served Halifax County in the 1800s. The North Carolina Department of Cultural
the premises. As the center of town shifted westward, he moved his shop to a storefront.
and Natural Resources indicate that by 1824,
His descendants remained in the home
Boasting history that dates back to before
the buildings around the original lot was
until his great-granddaughter, Nannie M.
the Revolutionary War, Halifax has some of
known as Eagle Hotel, and in 1925, Marquis
Gary, left the house and lot to the Catholic
the most historical buildings in the state of
de Lafayette stayed there during his tour of
Diocese in Raleigh. They in turn donated the
North Carolina. There is even a visitor’s center
property to the State of North Carolina and it
in Halifax to help tourists and history buffs enjoy their day. One of the historic buildings that has the most charm is The Eagle Tavern, which dates back to 1774. A house was originally constructed on Lot 51, as it was known, but it had been converted to a tavern within just a short time. At the time it was known as “Sign of the Thistle” and was called “the best place of public entertainment in Halifax,” according to historical references. Located at 2-8 St. David Street in Halifax, The Eagle Tavern is part of a cluster of buildings
In 1838, businessman Michael Ferrall purchased the property and moved onto
was moved to its current place in the Historic Halifax State Historic Site in 1976.
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The Newbold-White House and the Periauger Project through analysis of wood) has pinpointed its construction to 1730, four years after the Sanders’ purchased the property. In its day, its size and high quality construction materials would have given it near mansion status in a time when oneroom homes constructed on wooden poles driven into the ground were common. The bucolic setting invites visitors to explore the grounds, complete with a Vineyard, gardens and out buildings. The property is also home to The Periauger, a long-lost Colonial boat recently Located on the Perquimans River, the Newbold-White House was the home of Abraham and Judith Sanders, a colonial Quaker family and is a Perquimans County visitor’s “must see.” Dating to 1730, the house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is recognized as the oldest brick house in the state of North Carolina. Authentically restored by the Perquimans County Restoration Association (PCRA), the
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the communities that hug its banks are the highlights of
Perquimans County. The coastal waterway, a tidal estuary, directly drains into Albemarle Sound slowly flowing past the communities of Belvidere, Snug Harbor and Durant’s Neck and the towns of Hertford and Winfall. Meaning "land of beautiful women," Perquimans was named by its earliest inhabitants, the Yeopim Indians, a branch of the family of Algonquians. The history that began then, is embedded in the county’s flowing fields of cotton, corn and soy and while farming is the backbone of these communities, the county boasts an abundance of history, river activities, site seeing and small town Southern Hospitality.
reconstructed in Beaufort at the North Carolina Maritime Museum by The Periauger Project. The project was a unique partnership of the Perquimans County Restoration Association and the North Carolina Maritime Museum, Perquimans County and East Carolina University’s program in Maritime Studies. The project was made possible by a successful private fundraising campaign and through a grant from the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Enhancement Program.
house features enormous fireplaces, pine
The PCRA offers numerous events
woodwork and a winding corner stair. Period
throughout the year open to the public. The
furnishings help recapture the flavor of early
property is located at 151 Newbold-White
Rd., in Hertford and is open to the public on
Standing back from the banks of the
Saturday, May through October from 10 a.m.
Perquimans River, the brick house was the
- 4 p.m. Tours are available with two weeks
centerpiece of the plantation. Originally
thought to have been built as early as 1685,
dendrochronology (dating of structures
One of the highlights of the Perquimans
the river and its tributaries. Native Girl guide
River is its slow moving current due to the level
For those who would prefer to kayak
Casandra Ivey has been exploring the water of
topography that encourages its flow to the
or canoe, the river is a haven for kayakers
the Perquimans for 25 years and knows all the
adventuring through the waters just off of
spots kayakers enjoy.
This makes it the perfect waterway for water
Hertford’s town docks. Locals and visitors alike
sports for the novice and the experienced.
venture through the waters highlighting the
Whether the captain of a kayak, a paddle
neighboring communities while paddling past
board, a bass boat or a canoe, the Perquimans
cotton fields that appear like ground cover
is the water adventurers’ dream come true.
clouds as you glide around the next bend.
Department at 252-426-5695. To book a
Bordered by Cypress Swamps the river
For visitors without kayaks, Native Girl
is perfect for catching Largemouth Bass and
Kayak tours will arrange a paddle through
One can also enjoy a day at the pier off of White Hat Road for picnicking and fishing. For more information on water activities Perquimans
Kayak Tour contact Native Girl Kayak at (252) 404-2266.
Layden’s Country Store Passing homes from yesteryear, and
cotton fields that will become future fabric,
Three generations later, Charles Layden
Layden’s Country Store suddenly appears at a
sits in the same office as his grandfather once
crossroads in time.
did on the other side of the wall where meat
Located at the intersection of Belvidere
hangs to cure.
Road and Perry-Bridge Road, the clapboard
In times when meat comes prepackaged
building, boasting the names C.E., C.D. and
from whereever, it’s refreshing to see an
C.E. Layden and the dates that particular
original butcher shop, one that feeds the
“Charles” operated the shop, is a landmark
mouths of a community, still operating.
that continues to make its mark on the dinner tables of the surrounding community.
Hardly a tourist attraction to the residents who frequent the store regularly, Layden’s is a
A local culinary institution that has served
step back in time for those visitors who have
the residents of Perquimans County for the
only read about the aromas of an authentic
past 70 years, its reach extends to Virginia,
butcher shop brushing the face as one walks
when the butchers package about 4,000
Washington D.C. and beyond.
through the front door.
pounds of the sought after products. Layden’s is a landmark where locals go to visit and
The building, originally constructed in
Known for its sausages - local Cub
1860, was a Post Office and Blacksmith shop.
Scout Pancake breakfasts highlight the
It became home to C.E. Layden’s butcher
craftsmanship of Layden’s butchers - the store
Layden’s Country Store,1478 Belvidere
shop in 1952 when C.E. Senior purchased the
sells about 400-500 pounds of sausage a
Road, Belvidere, can be reached at (252) 297-
building and moved his business from across
week. That count increases during Christmas
Baseball enthusiasts the world over make
from every year he appeared in the league,
the sports icon.
a special trip to this tiny town of 2000 to pay
magazine covers, letterman jackets, and so
homage to the hometown hero who captured
the hearts of fans with pinpoint accuracy and a blazing fast ball. Although postage stamp in size, The Catfish Hunter Museum, is packed with memorabilia
Retired banker and Hertford resident Roy Chappell will tell of the day “Jimmy” walked
It also includes autographed pictures, advertisements
visitors go to feel local.
likeness, and books written about his life and accomplishments.
into the Hertford Savings Bank, with the scout, to cash his $250 check. Stories like that abound. The Catfish Hunter Museum is located in
that will bring the boy out in old timers that
Always known as Jim or Jimmy in
remember Yankee Stadium, Fenway and that
Hertford, seldom “Catfish,” the nickname
the Perquimans County History Museum, 104
famous May 8, 1968 Twins no-hitter game.
bestowed upon him by Charles Finlay, it’s not
Dobbs St. in Hertford. The museum is open
Everything from pictures with MLB icons, A’s
uncommon to mention his name and have
Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 2pm. For more
and Yankees paraphernalia, baseball cards
one of the town folk tell a tale or two about
information call: 252-404-2910.
Perquimans Art League Gallery The Perquimans Art League Gallery is a world-class styled gallery that is one of the major attractions in this quaint historic river bank town. Brightly capturing the eye of visitors, from around the globe the gallery offers an array of local artwork in a variety of media. Housed in one of Hertford’s newly remodeled historic buildings, the League went through an extensive fundraising program and opened the gallery earlier this year. Quintessential
Hertford resident Jack Pardue frequently displays
landscapes at the PAL gallery. From the Smithsonian and White House
Located in the Historic District of Hertford, the Perquimans Arts League exhibits and sells the work of approximately 95 artists and craftsmen from the surrounding area.
walls, Pardue’s work has captured the essential
In addition to paintings and photography,
people, places, scenes and events that have
visitors will find an assortment of hand-
contributed to the fabric of America.
crafted jewelry and pottery, fiber art, glass and
wood items, as well as books by local authors. Exhibits change frequently. The Gallery located at 133 North Church Street is open Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. -3 p.m. For more information call 252-426-4041 or visit perquimansarts.org.
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The Roanoke River Paddle Trail No visit to Martin County would be complete without soaking up aspects
highways 17 and 64 intersect,
But more than just a rest stop along the
of the mighty Roanoke River, which has
and the county line is defined by the twists
way, Martin County holds its own as an
sometimes been referred to as North
and turns of the mighty Roanoke River, is a
entertaining destination not to be missed.
stopping off point for many as they journey
A stroll along the boardwalk, only minutes from downtown Williamston, provides
watercourse which has played a significant role in the region throughout history. Visitors can also paddle its waterways, which have recently been designated as the 12th North Carolina State Trail. The Roanoke River Paddle Trail runs 140 miles from Roanoke Rapids to the Albemarle Sound. Kayakers and canoeists can experience the wild beauty of the river by spending a night, or several, on primitive camping platforms dotted along the river. Over 25 years ago, the non-profit Roanoke River Partners (RRP) established a system of river accesses with 20-plus
Bob Martin Agricultural Center Almost any given weekend, excitement will be stirring at the Senator Bob Martin Eastern Agricultural Center (SBMEAC) in Williamston, a state-of-the-art show facility, boasting a 108,000–square-foot indoor coliseum on 168 acres of land.
center is constantly booked with weddings, conferences, and banquets. Thousands come to our county to watch and participate in these events, which increases our population by at least 20 percent on weekends, keeping our hotels, restaurants and businesses busy." SBMEAC Marketing Supervisor Susan
Equestrian shows, concerts, dirt bike races,
Tyre said, “As an entity of the North Carolina
monster truck shows, tractor pulls and rodeos
Department of Agriculture and Consumer
bring entertainment to the region and visitors
Services, our foremost priority is to promote
from across the country.
NC Agriculture. We are looking to our future
Conveniently located off U.S. 64 (exit 512),
as we plan different ways to get more citizens
there is also 10,380-square-foot Meeting
involved with our facility. This summer we
Center Exposition Hall for smaller venues.
tried something new and partnered with the
Director Chase Conner of Martin County Tourism Development Authority said, "The
Martin County 4-H Program and hosted a “Down on the Farm Day Camp” for youth.
Ag Center is such a huge asset to [the area’s]
For more information call 252-792-5802
tourism. It is one of the largest facilities of its
or 1-888-792-5802; visit them on Facebook;
kind on the East Coast. The arena stays booked
or go to www.ncagr.gov/markets/facilities/
44 weekends of the year; and the meeting
camping platforms, interconnecting Martin County with surrounding communities and five counties in the region. Seven of the platforms can be found in Martin County. With its recent state trail designation, the river qualifies for state funds. As the non-profit overseeing the trail, RRP will use the funds to upgrade the platforms and complete renovations to the Hamilton Rosenwald School, which will serve as a river/visitor/community center, and historic site celebrating both the school and its tie to the Underground Railroad. Camping is available year-round, but reservations are required. Visit www. roanokeriverpartners.org and click on River Camping or call 252-792-3790. Some platforms have screened in areas, others are an open deck. Costs are $25 for up to two people, $10 for each extra. No running water or electricity.
Farm Life Disc Golf For those who like to play, The Farm Life Disc Golf Course, nestled among the backwoods of a family farm, was built to challenge. Oaks, beeches and pines line the tight fairways and the 18-hole course provides plenty of “hazards” such as swamps and ponds. “It is one of the shortest, yet hardest, courses in North Carolina,” according to co-
South Everetts Motor Speedway The thrum of revved-up engines can be
creator Perry Hardison. Located at 1233 Kent Roberson Rd. in the community of Farm Life outside Williamston,
traced to the unlikely rural town of Everetts,
Hardison designed and built the course with
less than 10 miles outside Williamston.
his friend and founder Kent Roberson 26
South Everetts Motor Speedway, at 3698
years ago, when there were only a handful of
Everetts Rd., was once a lowly pumpkin-
disc golf courses in the state. Now there are
patch. Now, the lighted, dirt-packed, track is a
speed arena for thrill-seekers, free of charge.
Upon Roberson’s death a year ago, the
Go Kart racing, a growing phenomenon,
Farm Life Disc Golf club designated the course
has taken root here and exploded. A recent
as private, but players are welcome to join the
race in June registered 53 participants and
Club for a nominal yearly fee, said Hardison.
over 400 spectators.
As a courtesy, players are asked to call the
“It was the biggest crowd we’ve had,” said Noah Wynn, 24, who originally built the track for backyard riding-lawnmower races.
number listed at Hole One to report they are playing. The course is open year-round and is for
With the purchase of his own go-kart, or “flat kart,” interest among Wynn’s friends grew like wildfire.
both professionals and amateurs. A member of the PDGA (Professional Disc Golf Association), the course has an expert
His dirt-track stadium has three sets of
rating. A yearly tournament has taken place
bleachers, but crowds quickly outgrew the
every first weekend in June since it opened in
stands. The oval track is bumpered with
old tires to keep drivers from veering off, so viewers line the track with lawn chairs.
members help keep the course’s grounds up
Food truck offerings are usually available for purchase.
in memory of Kent. Hardison said club dues help pay for lawn mowing, upkeep and repairs
Wynn grew up watching his father race mini-stock
Roberson’s widow, Debbie, and FLDG club
to the course.
He said aside from some storms taking
Carolina Motor Speedway, so the inherent
down a few trees over the years, the course
need-for-speed runs in his blood.
has remained unchanged and is still a
Participants must have their own kart. He said they can be found on Facebook
challenge for all who play it, visit Facebook for more information.
Fort Branch Civil War Site For history buffs, a visit to Fort Branch Civil War Site (2883 Fort Branch Rd., Hamilton) is a trip back in time. The Confederate earthen fort is on private land, maintained by the Ft. Branch Historical Society. The fort sat high on a bluff, 70 feet above the Roanoke River, which provided troops a safe, clear view of Union gunboats approaching from down river. Eight of the 12 original cannons, as well as many other artifacts are displayed in a museum. Ft. Branch comes to life annually, the first Saturday and Sunday in November (this year, Nov. 5 and 6). At 5:30 p.m., battles on horseback are reenacted both days. During the day Saturday, reenactors display scenes of everyday life - what people wore, what they crafted, what they ate and how they took care of their wounded as part of a living history program. Civilians (men, women and children), as well as calvary, artillery and infantry are represented. About 4,000 people including volunteers, spectators and reenactors, descend on the property throughout the weekend. The cost is $10 per car for one day, $15 for both days. Also, an annual Christmas at Fort Branch
Marketplace and Craigslist and can also be
is every first Saturday in December (this year,
Dec. 3), and is free.
There are no age restrictions and children
Reenactors lead a quintessential Christmas
as young as four compete. The maximum
service and reenact scenes related to the war
speed that can be reached on the speedway
around the holiday.
is 30-35 mph, he said. Up to 12 cars race at a time. “We try to keep it as family-friendly as possible,” said Wynn. Visit Facebook for a schedule of events.
The preserved grounds are privately owned, but tours can be arranged by calling Don Torrence at 252-217-2216 a couple of days in advance. Visit fortbranchcivilwarsite. com, or visitmartincounty.com.
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yrrell County, with a population
over alligator and rose-crested orchids and
The county hosts a wealth of water and land-
of 3719 residents, is the least
based ecotourism venues and is embraced by
populated county in North Carolina
The step back in time town of Columbia is
but boasts a diverse economic and ecological
the county seat and is the hub for commerce
and recreation offering a quaint Main St.
Located between the northeast North
that comes alive for the Scuppernong River
Carolina urban mainland and the Outer Banks,
Festival celebrated yearly on the second
it was founded in 1729 and named for Sir John
Saturday of October.
Tyrell, one of its original Proprietors.
Commerce is also at home in Tyrrell County
the Scuppernong and Alligator Rivers and the Albemarle Sound. Trails and boardwalks allow visitors the chance to walk with nature and enjoy all the county has to offer. For those less inclined to coat themselves with insect repellent, highly
While its population is minimal it hosts a
where world-class agri-business and fishing
recommended by Katerina Ramos, Program
special and abundant environment where
help feed the world. Home to the Cherry
Coordinator at the Pocosin Nature Center,
red wolves howl and black bears and bobcats
Seed Company, Columbia provides seeds
downtown Columbia offers a step back in
roam. Bald eagles and peregrine falcons soar
for others to chart their economic harvests.
Red Wolf. A large mounted Red Wolf in the
retailer in town. Opening in June, the Mercantile
coalition window captures the awe of visitors.
offers a variety of beach accessories, home
Antique stores and a county museum
furnishings, and the town’s coffee bar and
intermingle with a real estate and insurance
features Ladyfinger’s frozen meal alternatives.
Only a handful of blocks make up this tiny back-in-the-day town, but they offer an inviting stroll into the way life once was. The flagship store - Pledger Hardware - opened its doors in 1948 and has proven over the past 77 years to be a staple in the community. Mason jars assorted with a selection of sorted fasteners line the back shelf of the main two-sided store. Screws and bolts, possibly, as old as the store itself share shelves with Xtra-Tuff boots and rain gear to protect any sailor or fisherman. Bags of snacks and candy capture the eyes and palates of visitors as they walk through
office, while the Southern Dreams Gallery featuring the works and tastes of local seed entrepreneur and professional photographer Ken Cherry serves as the Chamber of Commerce outpost. While Cherry’s Southern Dreams Gallery is only open when Chamber Director George Haislip is at his desk, it is a must-see. Aside from Cherry’s work capturing the feel of the county, a portion of one of the brick walls hosts a full-size antique barn-side circus poster, affixed to the brick, and although
the garden center and appliance department
tattered, reminds visitors that once elephants
boasting washers, dryers, wheelbarrows and
inhabited Tyrell, if only for a day or two.
rakes. A must-see for the gadget guru in search
For those seeking flavors of town, the recently
of that one nut or washer you can’t find in a
breakfast, lunch and dinner Wednesday
big box store.
through Saturday. For authentic Mexican
The Red Wolves Coalition sits down the block and up a step or two and serves as the Headquarters for the protection of the
dishes, Tienda Mexicana Authentic Mexicana Grill rounds out Main St. eateries. Outer Banks Mercantile is the newest
Red Wolf Education Center A highlight of the area, Red Wolf Coalition Director Executive Director Kim Wheeler explains the plight of the twelve remaining Red Wolves in North Carolina. Wheeler
14-year-old Manny and 8-year-old Sage enjoy their den at the Red Wolf Education Center, which is open to the public on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturdays and is located at the Pocosin Lakes Wildlife Refuge. To take a peak-https://ncwf.org/wildlife/redwolves/#live-cam
Pocosin School of Fine Arts Tucked away on the banks of the Scuppernong River, at the end of Main Street in Columbia, North Carolina, The Pocosin Arts School of Fine Crafts has been
attracting students, teachers, tourists, and art
and students whose work may one day hang
enthusiasts from surrounding communities
in galleries and shops across the globe.
and distant shores since its inception in 1995.
It was Feather Phillips who saw the need
The tiny gem has a glowing reputation as a
for the school as a way to bring the talents
catalyst for collaboration between instructors
of the community and the diversity of its residents together. An Art and English teacher, Phillips and her family relocated to the area in 1987 filling their need for a place with “clean water” in support of her husband’s boat building. The artist soon realized the talents of the residents as she watched locals craft art from piles of wood, heaps of metal, and scraps of fabrics. Her goal was to bring those creations to the public as a way of introducing the various cultures of the community to each other, today visitors enjoy the artwork in the school’s gallery.
Paddling the Scuppernong
trees, and there is a general lack of motor
birds, flora, and fauna.
boats, which makes paddling here even
Rare animals include the Rafinesque's big-
more enjoyable. The water can sometimes
eared bat, spotted turtle, American alligator,
get rough as you get near the mouth of the
and black swamp snake. Brackish water
relatively short Scuppernong River. There are
river which is about a mile wide. There are also
intrusion — due to accelerated sea level rise
launch points from Everton Point out at the
numerous creeks and tributaries to explore
and declining river flows —is a key concern at
mouth of the river to the dock area adjacent
while observing the numerous species of
If one likes swamps and brown water with a ton of wildlife, there are plenty of opportunities on various portions of the
to the visitor's center in Columbia. Upriver from Columbia, the river is very quiet and there are numerous opportunities to spot airborne and terrestrial wildlife representative of the area. Paddlers near the mouth of the river have reported being escorted by a pod of dolphins, although they are rarely seen that far up the Albemarle Sound. Spanish moss dangles from the Cypress
Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge conserves a rare type of wetland habitat,
Interpretive Boardwalk was designated as a National Recreation Trail in 2005.
known as "pocosin," derived from a Native
The boardwalk is part of the Walter B.
American word meaning "swamp on a hill."
Jones Center for the Sound, which is operated
The refuge encompasses vast acres of natural
by Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
wetlands, including the unique southeastern
and the Partnership for the Sounds. Followers
pocosin peat wetlands, open water on Pungo
of the Charles Kuralt auto trail or one of the
and New Lakes, upland pine forests, and
extensive network of canoe trails that lace the
managed moist-soil and agricultural units that
sounds, regard the boardwalk as one of the
provide high-energy food for waterfowl.
treasures of the area. Other activities along the
More than 100,000 ducks, geese, and
trail and at the Wildlife Refuge include fishing,
swans congregate on the refuge in winter,
and the refuge supports one of the densest
birdwatching, and hiking.
populations of black bears ever reported. The
Features of the Pocosin Lakes National
refuge is the site of one of the country’s largest
Wildlife Refuge include beautiful scenic
wetland restoration projects, restoring natural
overlooks, a well-maintained picnic shelter,
hydrology to the pocosin peatlands.
and numerous historic features. The trail
is complete with interpretive signs and
the visitors center offers a knowledgeable,
school groups, and local users. The 0.75-mile
friendly staff along with water and restrooms.
loop meanders through a cypress swamp, and
The Visitors Center and Refuge are located
along the Scuppernong River, leading into
at 205 South Ludington Dr, Columbia, NC
downtown Columbia, North Carolina. The
Simply Natural Creamery With its large front porch lined with rocking chairs, scenic farmland views and the quiet surroundings of Ormondsville, Simply Natural Creamery allows its customers a simple way to enjoy life and all its sweet treats – including ice cream made from the creamery’s very own Jersey cows. Family owned and operated; the Creamery began as a Jersey cow farm by Greene County in 2009. Milk was sold to co-ops before the creamery opened and began offering their milk and ice cream products on site. “Simply Natural Creamery is exactly that – simply natural. Our cows live in a natural environment. They are not confined to concrete all day. They roam, graze and lounge naturally in our pastures. They eat natural food, which is grown right here on our farm,” said Holly Rollins, chief financial officer. Jersey cows are special in the milk that they produce, Rollins added. “They are the Cadillac of Milk. The Jersey cow produces a special protein in their milk. It’s an A2 beta casing. It helps people that are lactose intolerant to eat and drink our milk,”
Rollins said. The creamery has since expanded to have
three locations – Ormondsville, Greenville and Morehead City – with each location offering more than 38 flavors of ice cream from cones, cups, sundays, shakes and more. Simply Natural is more than sweet treats
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and a meeting spot. It also serves as a place nown for its agriculture history,
for education and provides tours, offers field
travelers and vacationers.
Both homegrown and run by Greene
trips, birthday parties and group experiences
more than just farms and rural
County natives, Simply Natural Creamery
providing insight on where milk comes from
and The Farmer and the Dail have quickly
and how it is processed into the things we
risen to fame and grown into destination
homesteads. Nestled along the Contentnea Creek, Greene County has an abundance of life
spots for the county and beyond.
and vitality. At it’s heart lies Snow Hill,
While the County has continued to
whose downtown is full of unique shops,
progress forward, it remembers its history
eateries and the Greene County Museum.
Not far from central downtown lies Wooley
its borders including the Nooherooka
Swamp – a true hidden gem of the County
Monument. This monument gives honor to
– providing recreation as well as a retreat for
the County’s Tuscarora history.
“A lot of kids don’t know where their milk comes from. Some people think the calf out front is a deer. We wanted to educate kids and families,” Rollins said. For
Downtown Snow Hill authentic Mexican cuisine. Also downtown is Half Moon Marketplace place, a unique shop of its right. Filled with one-of-a-kind local to North Carolina items, the store serves as the county’s only gift store and provides gifts as exquisite as its wrapping paper. Broadcasting
downtown is GoMix Christian Radio. Heard on stations throughout North Carolina, GoMix provides Southern gospel Christian music. Across from GoMix and the town’s pocket park, is Greene County History Museum whose focus is to highlight local artisans. Just
Courthouse and within walking distance to the main street shops is Snow Hill’s Boat Landing. The heart of Greene County, Snow Hill
coinciding with newer stores such as Aggie’s
Newly improved, the landing provides
bolsters economic promise for the county
Pizza & Hot Subs, downtown Snow Hill
access to the Contentnea Creek and offers a
while providing eateries, shopping, and more.
provides a mix of charm and atmosphere.
handicap accessible ramp for fishing, walking
With stores such as Harper’s Insurance
It’s eatery options extends beyond Aggie’s
and Hardy’s Appliance and Furniture thriving
menu to the well-loved La Flama and Los
downtown since 1975 and 1954 respectively,
Periquitos Tienda Mexicana, both providing
trails and a boat ramp. For
Nooherooka Monument Erected in 2013, nearly 300 years after the Tuscarora War, the Nooherooka Monument serves as a reminder of the once great Tuscarora nation that called Greene County home.
Carolina and have a presence in the county today. The monument is encircled by a 30-foot diameter circle consisting of concrete. A
The Tuscarora were a mighty force in North
15-foot-high steel arch stands prominently
Carolina and, while spread throughout the east
representing the entrance to a longhouse. A
from the Neuse and Roanoke Rivers, a large
bronze plaque depicting a longhouse, corn and
concentration of Tuscarora people lived-in
hemp is located on the left arch while a bronze
modern-day Greene County and chose Greene
plaque depicting a wampum belt is on the right.
County for its final stronghold against colonists.
In March 1713, during the Tuscarora War,
representing the tributary where the fort is
Col. James Moore of South Carolina along with
situated. Geometric shapes, filled with crushed
troops of both North and South Carolinians,
stone lie on the outside of the bricks, with
laid siege to the Tuscarora fort. Moore defeated
one shape representing the outline of the
the warriors by mining an outer wall and setting
Nooherooka fort and the other depicts the
fire to the fort and its structures.
counterclockwise spiral of a traditional dance.
At the end of the war, more than 1,000
An arc of six concrete tree stumps
Tuscarora people and 200 whites were killed,
represents the six nations of the Iroquois or
1,000 Tuscarora peoples were sold into slavery
and more than 3,000 were forced from their home. Some Tuscarora remained in North
For more information visit: docsouth.unc. edu/commland/monument/369/
Farmer and the Dail The Farmer and the Dail had a simple
operating five days a week.
Farmer and the Dail not only grew in size,
beginning with owners Zac and Stacy Bailes
Business continued to grow for the Farmer
but in popularity with people coming from all
conducting sugar cookie decorating classes.
and the Dail, leading the Bailes to move from
over to sample their delectable menu items. It
It grew to the selling of sweets on Saturdays
their 1,600-9 square-foot facility on Middle
is now a must visit destination spot for Greene
only. With business becoming more in
School Road to its current 7,500-square-foot
demand, the Bailes expanded their hours
facility off U.S. 258.
“We wanted to build a place that would be a destination for the county. Something for people to aspire to visit and to help draw attention to the county. We wanted to be a part of growing the community,” Zac said. “We want to help grow the vibrancy of Greene County.” Farmer and the Dail offers an assortment of sweet treats including cupcakes, brownies, cookies and more. Its menu expands beyond just treats and includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. The family run business also offers coffee and specialty drinks. “There is not just one thing we’re known for,” Zac said. “There is a lot of room for people to choose what they like.” For
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Wooley Swamp Farms One will find no “things that will make a strong man die from fright” or the “ghost of Lucius Clay” at Wooley Swamp in Snow Hill. Instead, this hidden gem offers a quiet retreat to all who need solace, comfort or a get-a-way. Owners
established the camp and R.V. site as a sanctuary or safe place for anyone seeking an escape. The site began with one small cabin and has grown throughout the years to include four smaller cabins, one larger two-story cabin that accommodates seven people and nine R.V. sites. A six-acre pond lies in the center of the campground providing space for fishing, kayaking or canoeing. Kayaks are available for rent along with life jackets for children. A bait shop is also conveniently located on the property.
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The site also allows access to the Contentnea Creek where visitors are welcome to fish, explore or walk along the walking trails. The campground has been enjoyed by many and has been the site of family vacations, weddings, hang-out spots, temporary homes following hurricanes and more. “It’s a good place for military members to come to decompress. It gives children a place to fish and a place to walk the creek. It gets them off the phone and gets them into nature. We have all kinds of wildlife – ducks, geese, turtles,” Sherry said. Wooley Swamp is open to all and for $5 the public is welcome to fish the pond and creek.
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Museum of the Albemarle Established in 1967, the Museum of the Albemarle is dedicated to preservation and education of the Albemarle's long and storied history. The museum is the northeast’s regional branch of the North Carolina Museum of History. Constructed
downtown waterfront in 2008, the museum’s newest location is a massive four-story structure that can be seen as far away as neighboring Camden County. The primary exhibit in the museum is “Our Story - Life in the Albemarle.” The display features a 6,200-square-foot gallery with
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over 700 artifacts that interpret the area’s rich history – both good and bad. From Native American artifacts to decades-old farming and firefighting equipment, the exhibit features something for everyone. Hosting several events year round for locals and visitors alike, the museum is an active part of the Pasquotank County community. Other current exhibits include “High on the Hog,” which details the region’s relationship with hog farming and barbecue (until July 2022), “Women Breaking Barriers in Northeastern North Carolina” (until October 2022), “Picturing Women Inventors” (until September 2022), “Guardians of the Land: Discovering Indigenous Americans” (until August 2024) and “Reliving the 1970s: Toy
Edition” (until March 2023). asquotank
North Carolina’s historic Inner Banks region, stretches from the
Great Dismal Swamp in the north to the Albemarle Sound in the south. Communities from Newland to Weeksville dot the bucolic landscape, which is predominantly vast forest and farmland dedicated to generations of harvesting.
A gift shop is also available on the premises that sells mementos and memorabilia from the entire region, from Dare County’s Outer Banks to the Roanoke River. The museum is located at 501 South Water Street in Elizabeth City and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission for the public is free, however donations are appreciated.
Arts of the Albemarle Situated in the heart of Elizabeth City’s up-and-coming
of the Albemarle (AOA) is a non-profit arts organization that stands as a cultural centerpiece in the greater community. Hosting concerts, art events, performing arts displays and even weddings from inside the historic Lowry-Chesson Building, the space has been catered and molded to fit the region while still providing an intimate approach to both the local and national art scene. Exhibits rotate on a regular basis. An art gallery, located downstairs in the main building, is open to the public. Various shows are held throughout the year to showcase the best and brightest of the Albemarle’s artists and talent. Over
photographers have found a home within AOA’s walls. Upstairs in the Maguire Theatre, one can find string concerts and dramatic performances, as well as recitals and dances. The Center Players are housed here, a local award-winning children’s theater group that performs plays and musicals. The innovative design of the theater allows for a variety of events to be hosted, from seated performances to cabaret-type events to private receptions and even a violin camp. Arts of the Albemarle is also a wonderful entry point when partaking in Elizabeth City’s First Friday ArtWalk. The ArtWalk is held on the first Friday of each month from 4 p.m.
In the center of it all, straddling a bend
to 7 p.m. The ArtWalk is a night of visiting
in the Pasquotank River, lies Elizabeth City,
participating studios, stores and restaurants
the economic, cultural and educational hub
downtown to meet the featured artists and
of northeastern North Carolina. A small city
musicians who showcase their talents.
of 18,000, it boasts one of the largest and
Arts of the Albemarle is located at 516
busiest Coast Guard stations in the country
East Main Street in Elizabeth City and is open
as well as a resurgent downtown district.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Here are some of Pasquotank County’s top spots to visit.
There is no admission fee unless attending a scheduled event or performance.
Dixieland Speedway Located 12 miles north of Elizabeth City near the community of Morgan’s Corner is Dixieland Speedway, a 3/8 mile oval track that hosts a variety of motorsport events throughout the warmer months from April through August. It is known as “Northeast North Carolina’s premier action track.” Long straightaways and tight turns lead to intense on-track action. The clay track is 55 feet wide and turns one and two are banked at 12 degrees, while turns three and four are eight-degrees. Events include 1-, 15-, 20-
Stock Fours. Winners crowned for each can
and 30-lap races are popular at the venue,
win cash prizes and the adoration of the local
depending on the division.
and the flag at 8 p.m. General admission is cash only and is typically $15 for adults (unless it is a special
On Friday nights since 1983, the speedway
Dixieland Speedway is located at 1520
event) and $5 for children between ages six to
is known for hosting five divisions of intense
Northside Road in Pasquotank County. Gates
11. Children ages five and under are free. Pit
side-by-side racing: Allstar Late Models,
on Fridays typically open around 5 p.m. with
passes and season passes are also available, as
Superstreet, Sportsman, Super Fours and
practice around 6:30 p.m., qualifying at 7 p.m.
are track rentals for up to four hours.
surrounding residential streets.
Revival, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival,
Pasquotank County, all being centered in and around Elizabeth City’s corporate limits. Beginning in 1789 and continuing onward, the districts can be arranged in a walkable tour of the city that contains both historic and architectural sights and marvels. The most prominent of the districts is the Elizabeth City Historic District. Containing 592 buildings, one site, one structure and one historic object, the district is located in the city’s heart – the central business district and
It includes examples of Greek Revival, Federal and Lake Victorian style structures,
Bungalow/American Craftsman and Tudor Revival styles.
as well as the 1789 Grice-Fearing House and
The Elizabeth City State Teachers College
1882 Pasquotank County Courthouse. The
Historic District, on the campus of Elizabeth
boundary of the district has increased twice:
City State University on the city’s south side,
in 1994 and 2021.
contains seven sights and emphasizes Colonial
The Riverside Historic District is just over a
Revival and Bungalow/American Craftsman
quaint little bridge that spans Charles Creek.
styles that were popular when ECSU was
Developed after 1893, the district borders the
once known as the Teachers College.
Pasquotank River and is known for its tree-
Northside, a predominantly residential area
lined streets and easy walkability. Riverside
of town, is the location of the fourth historic
boasts homes and structures built in Greek
district. With over 398 contributing structures, its styles mimic those found elsewhere in town, such as Greek Revival, Queen Anne and Classical Revival. The final historic district in Pasquotank County is the Shepard Street-South Road Street
buildings in a historically African American section
holds more unique styles compared to its predecessors. First made a historic district in 1994, it features Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, Italianate, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, Bungalow and American Foursquare styles throughout. For a guided walking tour of Elizabeth City’s historic streets, visit the Visitor’s Center located in the Museum of the Albemarle at 501 South Water Street for a tour brochure.
Craft Beer Scene New to Elizabeth City – and growing – is the craft beer scene. With three breweries now on tap for the town, residents and visitors have eclectic locales to choose from when opting to go out for a cold one with friends. Ghost Harbor Brewing Company, Seven Sounds Brewing Company and recently
city can now market itself as a destination for craft beer.
AVDET opened just a few months later,
With two breweries downtown – Ghost
opening at the cusp of spring. Elizabeth City’s
Harbor and Seven Sounds – and one in
newest brewery is a veteran owned and
midtown – AVDET – a so-called “brewery
operated 3.5 barrel nanobrewery inside of
trail” could be established for local folks and
Kenyon Bailey Supply that pays homage to
out of state tourists alike to enjoy the city’s
the Coast Guard aviation history located in
alcohol-oriented establishments and historic streetscapes. Ghost
opened AVDET Brewing Company – named
for USCG lingo “aviation detachment” – make
Colonial Avenue adjacent to Pailin’s Alley,
three in total for Elizabeth City, meaning the
now a popular social destination for young
adults. It features a taproom and access to outdoor seating in a beautifully lit alleyway just beyond the premises. Seven Sounds came next, opening around New Year’s 2022. Seven Sounds was born five years ago in the local community and finally
ready to host any and all.
the area. Ghost Harbor Brewing Company is located at 602 East Colonial Avenue in Elizabeth City and is open 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. It is closed on Monday. Seven Sounds Brewing Company is located at 112 North Water Street in Elizabeth City and is open 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. Friday
came together in the old Hurdle Hardware
and Saturday and 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.
Building on Water Street. The business
AVDET Brewing Company is located at
was named after seven of North Carolina’s
407 McArthur Drive (Kenyon Bailey Supply)
sounds – there are eight in total. Featuring
in Elizabeth City and is open 3 p.m. to 10
panoramic views of the Pasquotank River, a
p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 12 p.m. to
waterside beer garden and a 6,000-square-
10 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on
foot upstairs event space, the brewery is
Sunday. It is closed on Monday and Tuesday.
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ertie County offers natural beauty
groups of Algonquians also being in the area.
and history as its best calling
The county has remained mainly an
cards. The Bertie Precinct was
agricultural community for its entire history
established in 1722, while prior to that date
and its population has been twenty thousand
being part of Albemarle Precinct which was
or less for most of its time since the creation
formed in 1660.
of the United States basically.
The first European settlers came to the
The county is 741 square miles or
county from Roanoke Island and the Lost
470,000 acres, which works out to about a
Colony as far back as the late 1500’s, while
person for every twenty-three acres, more
the land was already populated by the
or less. Bertie county is the definition of a
Tuscarora for hundreds of years with various
Bertie Beach The Bertie County Beach Access is part of the “Tall Glass of Water” project that provides both natural beauty and history. Just walking down to the sandy beach with cypress trees rising up from the water is a spectacular vista. The land is owned by the county and was bought to provide sound access and many more amenities to its citizens and others, who otherwise may not have the opportunity to experience sound life. The one hundred and fifty acre property has great natural beauty, as well as historic significance with an archeological site that has uncovered artifacts that point to members of the Lost Colony moving from Roanoke Island to here in the late 1500’s. That site is located on the bluff that looks down the Albemarle Sound. The development of this property is just beginning with permanent restrooms, outdoor showers, campsites, a picnic pavilion and hiking trails all set to be built in the near future. This property is located off Bal Gra Road which is reached by automobile from the intersection of U.S. 17 which will become
Livermon Park & Mini-Zoo Livermon Park and Mini-Zoo is open all year round with no charge for admission. There are a wide variety of animals, including a Zebra and Buffalo just to name a couple of the local inhabitants. A wide variety of birds, including a number of peacocks. An
The Cashie Wetlands walk is also located on the property. The walk allows visitors to walk through a swamp and wetlands without getting wet or having to wear hip boots. The walkway is elevated and ADA accessible and features an observation deck and a stop at the Cashie river. The facility is operated and maintained
excellent place for children to see animals
by the town of Windsor. The park is located
and birds up close and in person.
in the downtown area at 102 North York
There is also playground equipment and numerous picnic tables and shelter to handle large school and church groups.
Street and is open during daylight hours. The park is named for former Mayor L.T. Livermon Jr.
Interstate 87. Additionally, the State of North Carolina has designated over 900 acres a state natural area with plans for a state park in the future and land purchases of adjacent properties to occur. That state property is located off Salmon Creek.
Roanoke/Cashie River Center
Occano Occano, which was formerly named Scotch Hall Preserve, shows what sound side
In Windsor, a hidden gem of a facility
living can be like. This resort property has an
which is a wonderful place to visit is
Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course that is
the Roanoke Cashie River Center. Most
being brought up to date with renovations to
people know this place has the home of
reestablish the course as one of the finest in
the Freedom Fireworks show every July.
The center is part of the Partnership of
Occano is more than a golf course. The
the Sounds which also operates the North
resort offers slip and dock space for the
Carolina Estuarium in Washington.
traveler by boat, but also overnight stays are
The property is located on the Albemarle
available on site. They welcome visitors as
sound and has a street address of 105 Scotch
well as future homeowners.
Hall Court with a Merry Hill address it is located
There are exhibits inside the main building which concentrate on the history and wildlife of the area. The center is well staffed and open from Tuesday to Saturday. Kayaks and canoes may be rented and launched from the site. Visitors may explore the riverwalk and the grounds of the property, including a small amphitheater along the river. Every Saturday while the weather is nice, pontoon boat rides are offered for free with trips down the Cashie river where you can see the Cashie Treehouse Village. These trips start at 10 a.m. or so and are piloted by Coast Guard approved captains, who offer interesting facts on the river and wildlife. The center is located at 112 West Water Street in Windsor just off U.S. 17 Business.
Historic Hope Historic Hope is much more than an old house occupied by a former North Carolina Governor. While the centerpiece of the forty-five acre property is the 1803 plantation home of Governor David Stone, Historic Hope also includes the 13,000 square foot Roanoke
The property has 834 acres of residential
even more of a resort location and maritime destination site.
off of Avoca Farm Road and Sutton Road.
waterfront in addition to an incredible golf
The property is a gated community, but
course that has views that are breathtaking.
has a restaurant and a golf course that is open
The property has hosted numerous events
to the public with much more planned in the
in its past, including professional golf
tournaments and competitions such as Pound the Sound, a triathlon.
Bertie County offers numerous homes, buildings, churches which are worth visiting
The property has current amenities of a
as well as the seven municipalities located
beach club and pool, boat launch, dock and
in the county. The county has been heavily
slips, restaurant and bar, golf course and pro
influenced by the African American presence,
shop and many more amenities on the way.
Native American presence and the European
which is headlined by former NFL and Duke
A truly beautiful county to visit, with a
quarterback Anthony Dilweg, is a leading
great and varied history with stories waiting
commercial real estate firm in the Southeast
to be told behind it. Just a slow drive through
with over a billion in assets. Their vision for
the highways and backroads is well worth the
the already incredible property is to make it
Chowan Heritage Center, as well as the 1763
and well worth finding out about.
What makes Historic Hope truly special
The center has permanent exhibits that
is the educational programs and events that
present the Native American culture prior to
are offered all year. Also, wonderful tours are
and during the arrival of the European settlers
offered by entertaining guides. Contact can
and the African American experience during
be made at the website, hopeplantation.org.
slavery and on the grounds. The property is
There is a fee for a guided tour, otherwise the
a wonderful site for weddings, gatherings,
visit is free. School, church and large groups
meetings and celebrations and may be rented
need to contact ahead before arriving.
for such happenings.
Additionally, walking trails have been built
The governor’s mansion has been restored
so the whole property may be explored. The
in the last fifty years, as it had become in
property is open to the public during normal
disrepair and was about to crumble away.
Through the hard work of volunteers and
Historic Hope is located about four miles
donors the house and some of its outbuildings
west of Windsor off Governors Road. The
have been restored inside and out with period
property is maintained by a non-profit
piece furniture and other items. Information
about how life at Hope was when the Stone
which gladly accepts new members for a
family occupied this property is fascinating
small yearly fee and has a board of directors.
Story by Gene Motley Photos Contributed
rom the quiet rolling waters of
From Gates to Sunbury to Gatesville
the Chowan River to the majestic
to Eure to Hobbsville and every place in-
history of its 1836 Courthouse,
between, it boasts a little something for
and something that’s stored within, to the
bronco-busting’ at the county arena and
The locals like to say: “We may be rural
the mouth-watering treat awaiting you at its
and we may be small, but Gates County has
landmark restaurant, there is something to
draw people to just about every portion of Gates County.
Here is a look at five places you won’t want to miss during your trip.
Tarheel Bar-B-Q “Their menu is full and they hope your stomach is empty.” It won’t be for long after a visit Tarheel BarB-Q in Eure. While the primary menu is pork
establishment for over 30 years. “We strive to all be family here in a family environment where you can sit down and just enjoy each other’s company.”
Merchants Millpond State Park Discover one of North Carolina’s rarest ecological communities as coastal pond and swamp forest mingle under the magnificent
barbecue, chicken and ribs with accoutrements
One thing that enhances the barbecue
that include slaw and hushpuppies, among
dome of nature. Massive cypress and gum
chicken, pork and ribs is the ‘special sauce,’ a
trees covered with Spanish moss form a
guarded secret among the family.
canopy for the dark waters of the 750-acre
Located at what is now the intersection
“I don’t even know what’s in it,” adds Wall.
of U.S. 13N and U.S. 158, the restaurant was
“She (Paige) learned it from her Daddy and we
started by local entrepreneur Grant Eure back
put it in the barbecue when we make it. Pretty
in the 1960’s. Later, ownership passed to his
much our whole menu is homemade.”
daughter, Paige (Hedgepeth), and soon will be run by the third generation: Eure’s grandson, Timothy Hedgepeth. “I think it’s because we’re the ‘middle point’ to a lot of different places: Tidewater, Greenville, the beach,” says waitress Renee Wall, who has been a waitress at the
Open seating is all that’s available now as
for wetland wildlife. Paddle quietly through the pond and creek and encounter native wildlife which includes beavers, otters, owls, etc.
the large party room has been converted.
There are over 10 miles of hiking trails,
Still, Tarheel survived COVID (never stopped
though one will have to pay a fee for
serving) both from locals and travelers
camping and canoe rentals, or bring bring
their own kayak or other watercraft.
The restaurant is open Tuesdays through Fridays for lunch and dinner beginning at 11 a.m. Saturdays, they open at 7 a.m. and serve a breakfast menu as well. Closing time is 8 p.m. “It makes me happy to know we give people a happy feeling when they stop here,” Wall noted with a smile. “They always tell us they’re coming back.” The address is 9 U.S. 13 South in Eure and for more information call the main number at: (252) 357-1094.
cypress millpond ~ a wilderness sanctuary
There is primitive camping for singles and groups, non-electric campsites or improved group camping. The family campground, with 20 sites for tents and trailers, is in the midst of a pine/hardwood forest just beyond the park office. The park is open year-round. Visit their website: merchants.millpond@ ncparks.gov for camping specifics. You can also call these toll-free number for reservations: (252) 357-1191 or (877) 7226762 or visit www.ncparks.gov.
The Thad Eure Museum Housed on the second floor of the historic
by President Ronald Reagan in 1987.
on the western edge of Gatesville which was
Gates County Courthouse – itself a monument
“A grant from the state legislature over
to the county’s proud history having been built
25 years ago kind of got it started,” says Kaye
The 1836 Courthouse is the fifth oldest in
in 1836 – is a tribute to one of the region’s
Barker, who along with other members of the county’s Historical Society and the Eure family
the state and one of the finest examples of
most celebrated native sons: Thad Eure. The Thad Eure Museum pays tribute to
have contributed to the exhibit.
the Gates County native who died in 1993,
Eure rose from a small-town lawyer to
but before his passing Eure – affectionately
mayor of Winton to state legislator and then
called by friend and foe alike “the oldest rat
on to 13 four-year terms at his most renowned
in the Democratic barn” – lay claim to another
dedicated in 2019.
federal period architecture in the country.
Among the artifacts are cartoons, a straw
He holds the record for the longest tenure
boater, red bow tie, pens with the trademark
as an elected official in the United States,
green ink he used to sign official documents
after serving for over half a century as North
and his law books. Unrelated to the
Carolina Secretary of State from 1936 to 1989.
museum is a highway marker located at the
He was recognized for that accomplishment
intersection of U.S. 158 Bypass and Business
Beaver Lake (Ski Club) Nestled among the rural beauty of Gates
Beaver Lake has hosted the National
County near the majestic Chowan River
Collegiate All-Stars Tournament and the
The lake also hosted a Polar Bear Plunge
and just off U.S. 13 near the Hertford-Gates
North Carolina State Championships, and will
every winter for eight years in conjunction
county line, Beaver Lake has been the home
host the State’s again in 2024. Competition
with Gates County High School to benefit the
includes the three disciplines of slalom, trick
county’s Special Olympics; however, it was
and jump skiing.
suspended beginning in 2020 due to COVID.
of the Beaver Lake Water Ski Club for the past 25 years located an hour south of Norfolk and two hours east of Raleigh. Each year they host several water ski events from small novice grassroots tournaments to national and world competitions, usually one in mid-June with another in late August. “Back in the mid-80’s my Dad (former
“I don’t know many ocean water skiers,”
Thirty-five brave souls took turns jumping into
Mitchell noted. “Most skiers prefer calm, slick
the lakes’ 40-degree icy waters raising $5,500
in 2018. Plungers traveled from Maryland,
If interested in attending the Beaver Lake Slalom on Aug. 27, visit: www.
Havelock, Durham, Greenville, Wilmington and Newport News to join in the fun.
Gates County Tax Supervisor Bill Mitchell) knew what local water skiers were looking for, and he noticed this huge pond from aerial photos and scouted it out,” says Ski Club President Jeff Mitchell. The pond became a 25-acre lake and now sponsors the tournaments, as well as a ‘Learn to Ski Day’ coming in August 2022. While the tournament events are free to the public, the private Ski Club boasts roughly a dozen memberships, representing between 20-25 people. “About a dozen of us ski regularly,” Mitchell added. “Our season runs from April to midOctober. The core group is North Carolina and Virginia, but (for tournaments) we have drawn pro-level and open-class skiers from throughout the Southeast and from as far away as Minnesota.”
Photo by William Anthony Photography
Gates County Rodeo For 25 years, beginning in 1997, the Gates County Arena at Slo-Go Ranch at 158 Paige Riddick Rd. in Gates takes on the flavor of the old west, and some of the new west as well. It’s the site of the Gates County Rodeo and it features Breakaway Roping, Bull Riding, Calf Roping, Cowgirl Barrel Racing, Saddle Bronc Riding, Steer Wrestling and Team Roping among other rodeo events. “It’s held every Mother’s Day weekend,” said organizer Aaron Brown, who along with members of his family has sponsored the annual event. Brown grew up going to rodeos and later moved to Texas before returning back to
Photo by Cal Bryant/Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald
Gates wanting to turn his friends, neighbors and others on to the fun.
He insists, “We even have Bull fighters, rodeo clowns and other specialty acts.”
Department; members of whom also help with the food.
Aug. 27, 2022. For more information visit their website: www.gatescountyrodeo.com.You
Contestants hail from all over the United
The May event isn’t the only one, there’s
call: (252)209-1473, or email: maryabrown@
States. There is an admission charge and
also the fourth annual Bull Rides and Barrel
gmail.com, or visit their Facebook page: www.
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Town of Princeville Princeville, located just across the Tar River from Tarboro, is the oldest town incorporated by African Americans in the United States. It was settled in 1865 and incorporated in 1885. According to a history of Princeville produced by the N.C. Humanities Council and republished on the town of Princeville website, following the close of the Civil War, former slaves seeking protection and freedom left the plantations for Union troop encampments. When the Union soldiers left, many of the newly-freed slaves remained and settled in an area named Freedom Hill — which was incorporated in 1885 and later changed to Princeville in honor of Freedman Turner Prince. Prince, a carpenter born into slavery in 1843, acquired a lot here in 1873, built a house, and constructed other permanent dwellings for the residents. He later built a number of homes in Tarboro. Because of its location in a low-lying area
Story & Photos by John H. Walker
dgecombe County is the 15th oldest county in North Carolina,
settled by Europeans early in the
Princeville. While the damage was not as great as 1999, it was significant and the recovery continues to this day. A new Town Hall and a new, elevated Senior Center have been completed and dedicated. A nature trail has been cleared from a completely rebuilt Princeville Elementary School in order to connect with the town museum.
along the Tar River, Princeville has been flooded
While the museum itself has yet to be
at least seven times in its history, including during
addressed and remains closed, a portable
Hurricane Floyd in 1999 when water was 23-feet
museum, constructed by NC State students, was
deep on the streets and took 10 days to fully
built and dedicated in 2019. It is located on the
grounds of the museum on Mutual Boulevard and
In 2016, history repeated itself when Hurricane Matthew caused the Tar to once again flood
can be accessed by contacting Town Hall at 252823-1057.
Blount-Bridgers House and Hobson Pittman Gallery
18th century, after the defeat of the
— A Federal-style, plantation house built in
Tuscarora Indians who inhabited the
1908 by Thomas Blount, a prominent Edgecombe
area. The colonial assembly created
Lautzenheiser’s firm found an office, a garden
County businessman and U.S. congressman, it is
house, a kitchen, a cat cemetery, a well, a cistern,
today known as a community museum.
and the location of a brick-making operation.
Edgecombe County in 1741. According to historian Alan D. Watson, Edgecombe “reached the peak of its influence and fame in the antebellum period when the county provided a strong voice in state politics and achieved a reputation as one of the most progressive farming areas in the state, if not the South.”
Known as “the Grove,” the structure, which sat at the center of an enormous plantation, is today a national historic landmark and serves as museum for local history as well as an art gallery and the studio of Tarboro-born artist Hobson Pittman. The facility has been blessed with the gifts of
resident Loretta Lautzenheiser.
And, as a result of the survey, a committee formed for the purpose of landscaping the grounds, could map out a garden. The result was a plan developed by landscape architect Chip Callaway and installed completely by local volunteers. Today, volunteers maintain the garden weekly.
Edgecombe County is replete
many examples of 20th Century Jugtown pottery
with history, as evidenced by the
as well as an extensive Batts textile collection of
Also on the grounds is the restored circa 1810
nearly 40 entries in the National
19th Century clothing, quilts, military uniforms
Silas Everette House, an excellent example of
Register of Historic Places that
and a variety of household items.
period farmhouse architecture.
include a number of antebellum
In the early 1990s, a state grant enabled
The facility is open from 10 a.m. until noon
homes and structures from across
the archaeological survey of all the grounds by
and 2-4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Access
Coastal Carolina Research, owned by Tarboro
may be available by calling 252-823-4159.
Calvary Episcopal Church and Churchyard The earliest mention of a church in the
the region in 1742, earliest of all the organized
area came about 1742, when, according
denominations. The asterisk comes into
to the Calvary Episcopal Church history,
play when the discussion turns to the actual
“construction of a small wooden building was
establishment of churches.
envisioned near what is now called Chapel
As previously noted, the little congregation
Springs, about eight miles northwest of
moved into the newly established town of
present day Tarboro.”
Tarborough [cq] after the fire and services
The history noted that the little church building, named Saint Mary’s, was completed in 1747 and served a small congregation until around 1760 when it burned.
were conducted in a variety of places, including private homes. The Calvary history notes that following the American Revolution, the town confiscated
Because the area was part of the English
the primary place of worship, a secular
Royal Colony of North Carolina, Saint Mary’s
building that was located near the corner of
was Anglican and its rector, the Rev. James
Saint James and Saint Patrick streets. That
Moir, reported directly to the Bishop of
parish was called Trinity and the congregation,
already small, began to dwindle further.
Following the fire, the little congregation
After the American Revolution, worship
moved into the newly established town of
along Anglican lines using a Book of Common
Tarborough, as it was spelled in those days.
Prayer was considered treasonous in the
When discussing the presence of the
newly formed republic. That’s because a
Episcopal Church in Tarboro, an asterisk is
prayer was required for the reigning British
needed at some point in marking the history.
That’s because the religion was found in
Even so, Yet the Anglican form and
tradition — without the prayer for the monarch — continued with only a few individuals in what is now called the Episcopal Church. At that point, the name of the parish changed. Led by the Rev. William Norwood, The Act of Incorporation of Calvary Parish was drawn up and signed by 17 lay men and one woman. Calvary Parish was admitted into union with the Diocese of North Carolina on May 29, 1833, which is considered the date of its founding. As the history notes, the congregation began to grow and adjoining lots conveyed as gifts formed the present grounds, bound by Church, Panola, East Saint James, and Saint David streets. Two church buildings have stood on these grounds, which comprise roughly a city block or two acres. The first—a wooden structure completed
stood within the southwest quadrant of the churchyard. It was deconsecrated in 1929 and later torn down. The present church building, designed by Englishman William Percival and built by Thomas Coats, also an Englishman, was begun in 1858, completed in 1867, and consecrated in 1868. The original furnishings in the chancel remain, including the altar, the bishop’s chair, the deacon’s chair, and the acolyte stalls. According to the church history, all are believed to have been fashioned from oak left from building the Confederate ram, Albemarle. At the time the history was written, the original lectern and pulpit within the chancel were in use within All Saints’ Chapel. The oil burning standing lamps within the nave, modified slightly and electrified around 1900, are original, as are the pews. The Churchyard is, in itself, a memorial to generations upon generations of both Calvary parishioners and friends and it remains an active burial ground. Both the building and grounds are listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and the building itself is a designated Historic Living Church.
The Tarboro Town Common Tarboro’s 15-acre Town Common is the second oldest legislated town common in the United States, having been established by the state legislature in 1760 and, other than the Boston Common, the only remaining original common on the east coast. The tree-shrouded park is home to a variety of memorials and historic markers — telling a variety of stories, from George Washington’s visit to Potter’s Raid during the Civil War. It also plays host to a number of community functions throughout the year, such as Happening on the Common, summer and fall appearances by the North Carolina Symphony and various community events and gatherings. The Town Common is also home to the Pilot Club of Tarboro’s Memorial Christmas Tree, which carries thousands of memorial
— Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast
on the National Register of Historic Places in
Christmas lights dedicated to helping those
Guard — in a circle around a taller flagpole that
with brain injuries and encouraging brain
displays the American flag.
The press was built about 1840 as a cider
Each Monday during the warmer weather
and wine press and was converted to a cotton
months, the Tarboro Golden K Kiwanis hold
press about 1860 because of the growing
Also on the Common and near the Pilot
a memorial flag raising to honor the memory
need to harvest and process the cotton crop
Club tree is the Edgecombe County Veterans
of a veteran who has passed. Since the first
and form bales of cotton for shipping.
Memorial, dedicated to the memory of all
ceremony in November 2002, there have
native sons and daughters of Edgecombe who
been 172 such ceremonies.
safety and health. The program is nearing its 50th year.
served their country.
Built of yellow pine, it is one of three remaining cotton presses known to exist and
Located a short distance from the
was originally built as a cider and wine press.
The memorial is a circular structure that
memorial on the far west end of the Common
The other two presses are located near Latta,
houses the flags of the branches of the military
is the Norfleet Cotton Press, which was listed
S.C., and Derry, La.
Edgecombe County Veterans Military Museum
of Commerce and then in the Bridgers-Clark
Opened on July 4, 2004, the Edgecombe County Veterans Military Museum (ECVMM) was the dream of the late Joel Bourne, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II. As the effort was getting underway to establish the museum, Bourne told
Building. Today, as has always been the case, the museum is dependent on the generosity of others as it accepts no money from any government agency.
Today, the museum collection includes approximately
Edgecombe County natives in their respective uniforms. It is also home to the Gen. Henry Hugh Shelton Collection — memorabilia of the
When the museum first opened, it had
former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,
about 50 items to display. Two weeks later,
the highest ranking military officer in the
according to a story in the Rocky Mount
United States military.
members of the Edgecombe County Board
Telegram, the collection had grown to more
of Commissioners: "It will be to honor all
than 300 artifacts.
The Shelton Collection includes photos of him as a youngster at Speed showing
Edgecombe County veterans and remember
Eighteen years later, there are more
his livestock in a 4-H Club Show, awards
our deceased veterans. It will also educate our
than 20,000 artifacts — ranging from the
presented to him by foreign governments as
young people about our country's history.”
Revolutionary War to the present day and
well as his own support staff.
While many people associate the museum
including weapons, ammunition, medals,
with its current location at 106 West Church
uniforms, bivouac equipment and items
St. in Historic Downtown Tarboro, it actually
brought back from war, such as a “Rising Sun”
had two early homes — the former Chamber
flag from World War II.
Shelton’s memorabilia also includes his final paycheck — in the amount of 82 cents. In its collection, the museum also houses a World War II Jeep — still operational — that is
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202 West Boulevard • Williamston, NC • 252-792-5339 According to the N.C. State Historic Preservation Office, the press is “a rare survival of a once frequent plantation structure.” The press was moved to its current location in 1938 and restored in 1976. A pavilion resembling the original shed was built to protect the press from the elements
often driven in local parades and on display at local functions. Twice annually, on Memorial Day and Veterans Day, the museum holds memorial brick-laying ceremonies along the south wall of the Colonial Theater. The museum is also responsible for a large mural on that same, southern wall. The mural depicts Edgecombe County residents at war, beginning in the Revolution and continuing through present-day.
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mid Hyde County’s vast 1,424
Today, the mainland and Ocracoke Island
square miles, a little more than half
offer a variety of unique experiences for
of it water, exists many beautiful
people of all ages and interests to enjoy.
and distinctive sites, natural and manmade,
Whether you are driving west along U.S.
from the top of Mattamuskeet Lodge on the
264 or south along N.C. 94 on the mainland
mainland to the top of Ocracoke Lighthouse
or using the one-way fare ferry from Swan
on Ocracoke Island and all places in between
Quarter to Ocracoke Island or driving south
along its winding roads of vast farmland and
on N.C. 12 and using the free ferry at Hatteras
its sand-covered roads spanning between the
Island to get to Ocracoke, these are five
Pamlico Sound and the Atlantic Ocean.
recommended places you should plan on
One of half a dozen of North Carolina’s
oldest counties, historic Hyde County and its
During the summer, it’s best to obtain
cultural landscape and waterscape have been
ferry reservations. For ferry fares, schedules
influenced and shaped by its first inhabitants
and reservations, visit online at https://www.
more than a few hundred years ago.
where your senses are heightened in the
Martelle’s Feed House Restaurant and Oyster Bar After your adventure at the refuge, be sure to follow U.S. 264 to enjoy a meal at Martelle’s Feed House Restaurant and Oyster Bar in Engelhard at 33301 U.S. 264 where the food is served southern comfort style. For 25 years, Martelle Marshall has been serving cuisine not only rooted deep in tradition that reflects his background and Hyde County, but food that is contemporary and innovative upon which he prides himself.
silence of nature.
Martelle’s specializes in eastern North Carolina
The Central Canal Road and the East Main
fresh seafood, steak, pork and chicken.
On the mainland, the Mattamuskeet
Canal Road start behind the Mattamuskeet
While the menu offers a wide variety of
National Wildlife Refuge, home to Lake
Lodge and lead to various boat ramps and
appetizers and sandwiches, there are other
observation decks where more impressive
options such as wraps and salads.
natural freshwater lake, is not only host to
views and experiences are possible.
diverse habitats within its waters, marshes
The Mattamuskeet Lodge, a famous
and woodlands, but provides opportunities to
landmark, not only served as a hunting lodge,
learn more about the species that exist there.
but hosted various community events before
Each Sunday’s buffet - unique every
The Charles Kuralt Trail on N.C. 94 has
closing in 1974. From 1909-1932, it originally
Sunday - features mainstays such as fried
an information panel and a gazebo with an
served as a pumping station in an attempt to
shrimp and fried chicken, but alternates
drain the lake to create additional farmland.
between other savory meat choices always
From N.C. 94, the 2-mile Mattamuskeet
specials such as Prime Rib, Cowboy Chops or Grilled Tuna.
complimented by various succulent sides.
Road leads to the Refuge Headquarters.
Refuge, located nine miles east of Swan
When in season, the oyster bar serves
Midway, another wildlife drive connects and
Quarter, is accessible via U.S. 264 and N.C. 94.
a peck of fresh, local oysters any way you
runs along the south side looping back to N.C.
For further information, visit online at
want — fried, grilled, steamed or raw with
94. Both roads offer spectacular views. The
interactive, interpretive exhibits regarding the habitats of not only black bear, deer, bobcat
either horseradish, Texas Pete, melted butter or Martelle’s homemade oyster sauce. Open
and otter, but also wading birds, shorebirds,
Monday, lunch hours are Tuesday through
birds of prey and waterfowl. One can also
Thursday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and dinner hours
learn about the habitats of amphibians and
are 5 to 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday’s
lunch hours are 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and dinner
The New Holland Trail Boardwalk bends and laces through a bald cypress wetland
hours are from 5 to 9 p.m. The Sunday buffet is 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
The Pony Pen at Ocracoke Island
the mainland bought the ponies for farm or saddle use or gave them to their children as gifts. The ponies were also periodically
The Pony Pen is located along N.C. 12’s soundside and is one of the first stops after
rounded up and sold to the public to prevent overpopulation.
getting off of the Hatteras Island ferry or one
While the National Park Service rangers
of the last stops at the north end of the island.
used to ride them for beach patrol, members
Regarded as ponies, this rare breed of
of the Boy Scouts Troop, first formed on the
short-backed and short-legged horses are
island in 1953, had to catch, tame and teach
different in size and weight due to their
his pony navigation.
different number of ribs and vertebrae.
During the 1950s, however, when NC
Few in number today, different historical
12 transitioned from sand to pavement,
accounts claim that they are the offspring of
the increase of vehicles threatened their
either Spanish, Arab or English stock driven
to the island as a result of storm-wrecked
The Pony Pen provides adequate parking. For more information, visit online at https:// www.nps.gov/caha/learn/historyculture/ ocracokeponies.htm These must-see places not only teach us about a fascinating history and how the past
Since 1959, the National Park Service has
has shaped the present, but how important it is
been caring for them. They are corralled within
to teach younger generations the importance
180 acres with freedom to roam and graze on
of preserving the history and culture of our
the late 1800s and early 1900s, people from
marshland or feed on hay near their stables.
Springer’s Point Nature Preserve
to a winding tunnel of thickets beneath a
voyages more than a few centuries ago. According to newspaper accounts from
About a quarter-mile from the lighthouse is Springer’s Point, a 122-acre nature preserve that offers an easy hike set in tranquility. It’s best to access Springer’s Point by walking. There is a bike rack outside of the gate, but do not plan on leaving a golf cart
canopy of age-old twisted live oaks and let
Blackbeard’s severed head was secured on
yourself wander in the magic of this maritime
the bowsprit of Maynard’s vessel and taken
to Williamsburg, Virginia for public display.
The trail eventually opens to a scene of
But his body was left at Springer’s Point, and
billowy waves on the southeast shore at Teach’s
according to local legend, his ghost still roams
Hole in the Pamlico Sound. The infamous
among the trails.
pirate, Edward Teach, or Blackbeard, used
Springer’s Point Nature Preserve, located
Springer’s Point as one of his many places to
at 104 Loop Road, is open from 8 a.m. until
rejuvenate from his piratical plundering. This
6 p.m. daily
or car – there is no space to park near this
is where Lieutenant Robert Maynard of the
Colonial Navy captured, shot and decapitated
Blackbeard in 1718.
Go beyond the gate where the trail opens
Ocracoke Lighthouse For nearly 200 years, the Ocracoke Lighthouse
weather standing strong in its watch guiding sailing vessels through Ocracoke Inlet. Surrounded by cedar thickets and live oak trees, the lighthouse and the keeper’s quarters stand upon some of the island’s highest land where it was built in 1823 by Noah Porter.
While the Ocracoke Lighthouse is the shortest in height among other North Carolina lighthouses, it is not only the oldest operating lighthouse in the state, but the second oldest lighthouse still in continuous operation in the United States. Listed on the National Register of Historic 360 Lighthouse Road and is open year-round.
height, and covered its exterior walls with a
Parking is provided, but is limited. While
visitors can visit the grounds, climbing the
has changed from whale oil to lard to kerosene
a 250-watt quartz-halogen marine bulb.
walls five feet thick to support its 75-foot
its structure strong and functional. Its lighting
and now a stationary light that operates from
Places, the Ocracoke Lighthouse is located at
undergone changes and renovations to keep
to a fourth-order Fresnel lens to electric bulbs
Porter constructed it with brick, built its base
Through the years, the lighthouse has
lighthouse or visiting the keeper’s quarters are prohibited. For more information, visit online at https:// www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/ols.htm
Story by John Foley Photos by John Foley & Contributed
ashington County hosts travelers
Bobwhite Quail and Wayne’s Black Throated
and tourists from the world over
Green Warblers, making the area an adventurers
wonderland and a birders paradise.
The 424-square-mile county, hugs the southern
portion of Albemarle Sound and the Roanoke River - referred to by some residents as the American Amazon. With a population of just under 12,000, the county boasts a wildlife population that easily tops that. The American Black Bear, White-tailed Deer,
Located on the edges of Bertie and Tyrell counties, Washington County was formed in 1799 and has historic roots that run deep in the State. It was named for George Washington and has become a destination for history buffs, sightseers, nature lovers, hikers and paddlers.
Eastern Wild Turkeys of astronomical proportion,
While numerous communities dot the county,
along with Gray Squirrels, Marsh Rabbits and
the towns of Plymouth, Creswell, and Roper play
Eastern Cottontail Rabbits mingle with Northern
host to most of those who visit.
Lake Pungo, Phelps Lake Both lakes are located within the Pocosin
visitors from around the world.
Lakes National Wildlife Reserve was established
It was the site chosen for the reintroduction of
in 1990 and while originally, 12,000-acre the
the endangered red wolf in 1987 and today there
southwestern portion of the refuge is now known
are twelve wolves in the reserve. It is located along
as the Pungo Unit and was established in 1963 as
the Atlantic Flyway and is home to more than 200
the Pungo National Wildlife Refuge.
species of birds.
It was merged in 1990 with Pocosin Lakes.
The Pungo Lake unit is a notable overwintering
The National Wildlife Refuge today encompasses
site for Tundra swans, snow geese, and many
110,106 acres. The refuge is named for the pocosin
species of ducks, with about 100,000 waterfowl
peat wetlands that make up the majority of the
in residence between November and January,
protected habitat. Home to indigenous animals such as the black bear, alligator, two species of fox, bobcat, raccoon, coyote, opossum, beaver, river otter, mink and red wolf the reserve plays host to
yearly. Lake Phelps is North Carolina's second largest natural lake. It has a surface area of 16,600 acres, and it is located primarily in Washington County. The lake is a beautiful mystery formed on a vast peninsula lying between the Albemarle Sound and the Pamlico River and is believed to be more than 38,000 years old. The Phelps Lake Loop Trail is a moderate, 6.4mile loop hike with a 1060 foot elevation gain with an average slope of just seven percent. The trail features mild elevation gain, several bridge crossings and other trail obstacles, such as exposed roots and rocks. One of the major attractions of the lake is the Phelps Lake Jumping Rock. Located on the northeastern shore of Phelps Lake, the Jumping Rock rises about 25 feet above this serene glaciallyfed body of water. The lakes are perfect for boating, kayaking and paddle boarding. Location: 2252 Lake Shore Rd, Creswell, NC 27928
Barnyard Betsy’s A trip to Creswell, would not be complete
Much more than a simple sandwich shop,
without visiting the newly opened eatery,
Horton and her team of culinary experts add
Barnyard Betsy’s. The property is owned by
warmth to cold sandwiches and heat up the
Creswell Town Entrepreneur Paulique M.D.
place with their friendly, hospitable vibes that
Horton is the center of activity in this tiny
were obviously instilled by a family that cared
hamlet that serves as the gateway to Somerset
about food and each other.
Place and Lake Phelps and Lake Pungo.
Currently the anchor store for this town
Named after the owner’s grandmother,
on the rise, Horton and her team are now
“Who served as a friend, mentor and
undertaking a town renovation that will include
other retailers and services.
an array of incredible handmade desserts
modernized sandwiches to fit today’s appetites.
The Barnyard Betsy menu reads like a
While named after Horton’s Grandmother, this
Philadelphia Cheesesteak and Hoagie playbook.
is not your Grandmother’s Sandwich shop. The
Realizing the needs of the community and the
portions are large, the ingredients fresh and the
early morning traveler, BarnyardBetsy’s also
offers breakfast along with lunch. The outdoor
It’s also open on Sunday. Location: 106 East
The recently renovated Bright Barnyard Red
patio, nestled under the pines is complete with
Main St., Creswell, NC 27928, Hours: Monday
building has provided the town residents and
tables, chairs and a house cat that purrs along
through Wednesday: 11a.m. – 7p.m., Thursday
tourists with some of the best Hoagies and
with every bite.
through Friday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m.
Cheesesteak Sandwiches on the East Coast.
Unlike other sandwich shops, Betsy’s offers
complete with chocolate or caramel sauce if you dare. Open seven days a week Betsy’s is the perfect place for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
– 8 p.m., Sunday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Town of Plymouth The quaint town of Plymouth is currently
A diverse community of 3,320 with a rich
experiencing a resurgence as its Main Street
history, Plymouth used its location on the
is becoming revitalized with eateries, antique
Roanoke River to become an important hub
stores and retail that fits the needs of the
for commerce and trade.
community and those who visit.
In 1808 a federal customs house opened
With two bookend museums, the Port
in Plymouth and by 1831 the United States
O’Plymouth Museum on one end of Water
Congress funded a lightship that was anchored
Street, with a replica of the Albemarle docked
at the mouth of the Roanoke River.
at its banks, and the Maritime Museum and a
In 1867, the Roanoke River Lighthouse
replica of the Roanoke Lighthouse No. 2 on
was lit to serve this purpose. A replica of the
the other end is a window shopping stroller’s
lighthouse, including a Fresnel lens, can be
visited across from the Maritime Museum on
owned by Lou and Jill Manring offers a
the banks of the Roanoke.
serene view of the Roanoke in the recently
Located in the Inner Banks of northeastern North Carolina the town was first established in 1787 and now is the county seat.
With a rich Civil War history, The Port
O’Plymouth Museum offers a wonderful visual
The Riverview also offers a wide selection
overview of what took place on the banks of
of local artisan-crafted artwork and a selection
the river. Museum Curator Scott Liverman
of antiques of days past.
is quick to share his knowledge of the many
Down the block from the Riverview, Bistro
artifacts on display, including a massive 30-
116, (116 E. Water St.) the creation of Chefs
star flag that once hung above the Federal
Daniel and Sylvie Boutique offers a weekly
changing menu focused on relaxed fine dining
Plymouth also plays host yearly to a summer Boat Show, a Bear Festival and visitors casting a line or two. For those in search of culinary adventures, the Riverview Cafe, (108 East Water St.)
in a beautiful scenic river setting. After dinner, guests may enjoy ice cream at the recently opened Le Rendez Vous Cafe (111 Water St.) where Batigue shares her taste for ice cream and her style with gifts and more.
Somerset Place National Historic Site The bucolic setting of Somerset Place is
sawmills turned out thousands of feet of
the perfect backdrop for history enthusiasts
lumber. By 1865, Somerset Place was one of
looking to picture days gone by as one can
the upper South's largest plantations.
almost hear the string music from the 1700’s
According to Bill Barber, a site docent,
whispering through the pines. Somerset Place
“When people first moved here in 1660 they
Historic Site Manager Karen Hayes provides
cut timber. They started making shingles in
a yearly Days Gone By gathering during the
the early 1700s. From 1768 to 1775 over 5
million shingles were exported. They would
The Somerset Place Plantation offers
bring back sugar, flour and rum,” said Barber,
a realistic view of 19th-century life on a
adding, “We had the wood. We had the white
large North Carolina plantation. Originally,
cedar and cypress, very valuable woods.”
this unusual plantation included more than
According to Barber, shingling began to
100,000 densely wooded, mainly swampy
taper off in the early 1900’s. Today one can
acres bordering the five-by-eight mile Lake
tour the grounds and visit the dwellings of
Sunday, Monday, and most major holidays
Phelps, in present-day Washington County.
enslaved plantation workers, walk through
Admission to the site and self-guided tours
During its 80 years as an active plantation
the Pines and tour the plantation’s grounds
are free. Guided tour fees: $2/adults; $1/
(1785-1865), hundreds of acres were converted
and outbuildings. Somerset Place, 2572 Lake
children (ages 5-12); $1/ seniors (ages 65 &
into high-yielding fields of rice, corn, oats,
Shore Road,Creswell, N.C. 27928 Hours:
older) Contact: 252-379-6020 somerset@
wheat, beans, peas and flax; sophisticated
Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed
Davenport Homestead Built around 1790, the Davenport Homestead in eastern Washington County is listed on the National Register of Historic Properties and is the oldest surviving homestead open to public in the region.
Home to generations of the Davenport
into the 1970s, leading lives little changed
line, the building first housed the family of
from those of their ancestors nearly 200 years
Daniel Davenport, Washington County’s first
before. Without the convenience of either
representative to the North Carolina Senate.
electricity or running water, the homestead’s
After his death in 1808, Davenport descendants continued to live in the structure
final occupants – Harriet and Jerd Davenport – led lives of true simplicity. Both the original home and a collection of outbuildings have been furnished with pieces that tell a visual story of life in Washington County in the years following the American Revolution. The Davenport Homestead is located about three miles off of U.S. 64 just west of Creswell, in the community known as Mt. Tabor. It is owned and maintained by the Historical Society of Washington County. It has been renovated by the Historical Society and several outbuildings have been added. Daniel Davenport and his family lived in the house in the late 1700's. Daniel was Washington County's first state senator from 1800 until 1807. Davenport Homestead: Mt Tabor Rd, Creswell (NC), 27970, For More Information:
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hile Chowan County is the smallest county in North Carolina, it makes up for
that with broad appeal to both historical tourists and nature-lovers alike. One of the first counties formed in the state, Chowan County boasts one of North Carolina’s colonial capitals: Edenton. Retaining much of the heritage and history that made it so vital in the 18th century, Edenton is the cultural, commercial and tourism hub of the county, situated along an extension of Albemarle Sound along the southern coast. Despite Edenton holding a majority of the county’s attractions, there is still
Edenton Historic District Featuring 18th and 19th century history, North Carolina's second oldest town
Edenton - was one of early America’s political, cultural and commercial centers. The town was established in the late 17th century and incorporated in 1722. Once North Carolina’s second largest port, Edenton provided enslaved men and women with a means of escape via the Maritime Underground Railroad before Emancipation. Today, it features an extensive historic district with architectural styles spanning 250 years, such as the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse National Historic Landmark, Cupola House, Iredell House and Historic Hicks Field.
If one cares to hear from a local expert, sites in the historic district can be toured via guide with an All-Sites Tour at either 10 a.m., noon or 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Guided Docent Tours are $5 per adult and $2.50 per child (3-15). Individual Site Tours can also take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at $2.50 per adult and $1.50 per child (3-15). For tour information, visit the Historic
Walking to visit various sites downtown
Edenton State Historic Site Visitor Center at
are free and self-guided, with brochures and
108 North Broad St. in Edenton on Tuesdays
Here are some worthwhile visits
maps available at the town’s welcome centers.
through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
if one happens to find themselves in
Historical markers dot Edenton’s streets,
and can be reached at (252) 482-2637 or at
denoting the history and legacy of many of
the sites, both good and bad.
eight fireplaces. Penelope Barker, the home’s
purchase tickets to ride on Edenton’s historic
namesake, was one of 51 ladies who signed
trolley, which provides guests and locals alike
their names to a petition resolving not to buy
with a fresh look at the town’s sites via a one
or use British goods because of taxes levied by
plenty to see across its 233 square miles from Sign Pine to Sandy Point.
Penelope Barker House Perhaps Edenton’s most famous house – aside from the Cupola House – the Penelope Barker House glistens on the waterfront as a shining example of Edenton’s colonial heritage. The house today wears many hats, including being a visitor’s center for the town, a museum of local history and the home of the Edenton Historical Commission nonprofit. A gift shop is available downstairs, with books and reading materials in the parlor. Upstairs holds various museum exhibits, including the history of Edenton’s women, the Edenton Tea Party, Penelope Barker’s family and a revolving exhibit which currently features the history of colonial chairs in the region. The house itself was built in 1782, consisting of the parlor wing and a half hall. It was added onto three times by 1840 to its present state, which includes three floors and
the king. Their protest in 1774 became known as the “Edenton Tea Party.” Downstairs in the gift shop, one can also
The Penelope Barker House Welcome Center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and can be reached at (252) 482-7800.
Bennett Millpond Located approximately seven miles north of Edenton in the middle of the county, Bennett Millpond is tucked away in nature, surrounded by forest on all sides and gentle farmland beyond that. The millpond gives way to a creek which eventually opens wide to join the Chowan River just a few miles beyond its source. Like Merchants Millpond to the north in Gates County, Bennett Millpond is a hidden gem of Chowan County and a good option for beginner and seasoned paddlers alike. Bennett’s Millpond offers about five miles of upstream paddling through cypress trees, past beaver lodges and amidst flocks of diverse waterfowl. Folks can also paddle Rocky Hock Creek down to its conclusion in the Chowan River. Both millpond and creek paddling can be enjoyed from the same put-
millpond as well as an N.C. Birding Trail site.
2100 Rocky Hock Road during daylight hours.
Birds that can be seen from the trail include
For more information on the millpond or
anhinga, blue heron, hooded merganser,
reservations, contact the Edenton-Chowan
Recreation Department at (252) 482-8595
Expect anywhere from three hours to a half day of paddling if one chooses to take the Bennett Millpond/Rocky Hock Creek routes. A pavilion, boardwalk, primitive campsites and picnic area are also available at the
1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse The 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse is a popular and beautiful visitor attraction in North Carolina’s first colonial capital. It is one of the last surviving screwpile lighthouses of its kind in the United States. The lighthouse originally stood sentry in the mouth of the Roanoke River as a guide for ships navigating the waters of the Albemarle Sound into the river itself, and then, after being decommissioned in 1941, was moved by barge to private land, where it ultimately became worn down as a neglected residence. “After
Edenton Historical Commission and gifted
summer tanager and wading birds. Public access to the pond is located at
Historic Edenton State Historic Sites at 108
be confused with the replica of the 1866
North Broad St. in Edenton on Tuesdays
Roanoke River Lighthouse in Plymouth, the
through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and
Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse that once stood
can be reached at (252) 482-2637.
in Croatan Sound, or the replica of Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse on the waterfront near Manteo. The lighthouse in Edenton is original. This beautiful structure is open for tours, giving a total and complete look at life on the water from the vantage point of the lighthouse keeper. It is also located within easy walking distance from downtown Edenton and is renowned as being a great spot for shooting photos of Edenton Bay and the wider surroundings. Period furnishings inside the lighthouse are provided by the Edenton Historical
dedicated volunteers, public officials and
Commission, headquartered at the nearby
preservationists brought it to its final home,”
Penelope Barker House.
the website proudly states. “With state funds,
There is also plenty of parking nearby, wi-
the structural restoration work was completed
fi and bathrooms in adjacent Colonial Park as
as volunteer donations and furnishings were
well as picnic benches and a playground for
the family. important
1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse should not
to the state of North Carolina, a band of
or email Recreation Director Shannon Ray at
Tours can be arranged by contacting
National Fish Hatchery and Aquarium Just
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 fishing tradition. Since
Hatchery staff have produced warm water fish for public use, restoration, and/or threatened/ endangered species recovery. All of the current fish programs are in cooperation with and supported by the state of North Carolina. Typically, the hatchery hosts fishing
at various points in the year and see fish
derbies for locals and visitors to come out and
species ranging from striped bass and lake
The Edenton National Fish Hatchery and
test their mettle. However, this year those
sturgeon to white shiners, Johnny darters,
Aquarium are open for free to the public
derbies are on hiatus due to replacement of
Cape Fear shiners and gopher frogs.
Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
pond kettles. Visitors can come by the public aquarium
The hatchery also boasts a short trail to a dock along Pembroke Creek that can be fished
from to one’s heart’s content.
and can be reached at (252) 482-4118 or www. fws.gov/edenton.
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itt County is one of the region’s most vibrant centers of commerce, trades and the arts. In addition to being
home to the state’s premier eastern North Carolina University – East Carolina University – it is home to a variety of opportunities to spend a day, a weekend or a longterm visit. In addition, the county is one of the leading places for medicine with East Carolina Health – a partnership between East Carolina University and the former Vidant Medical – being the premier medical provider. The county is also home to a host of parks, craft beer and good food of just about every
BBQ capital of Pitt County Ayden, where ‘Que Marks the Spot,’ has a rich history of wood-smoked barbeque with two families – the Jones’ and the Dennis’ dominating the barbeque market for many years. Together Bum’s Restaurant and Catering and Skylight Inn have drawn large crowds into town with their savoring barbeque and sides and helped define the town. Cooked on site, Bum’s eastern style BBQ is enjoyed by many. It began with Latham “Bum” Dennis in 1963 and has continued with his family. “Our eastern-style BBQ sauce, which is vinegar based, is unique to eastern North Carolina and an instant identifier for our
Named for William Pitt, Earl of Chatham,
the years, our commitment to serving our customers quality food with a familyfriendly atmosphere have never wavered,” Dunn said. Better known as Pete Jones’ BBQ, Skylight Inn has been serving BBQ the old-fashioned way since 1974. Cooked over wood, the whole-hog BBQ is rich in taste and flavor. Skylight’s renown is known throughout the east and has been served to many including President Ronald Reagan and Vice President Bush. Skylight has also been featured on multiple television networks, such as the Travel Channel, Food Network and History Channel and in many print publications.
BBQ. Locally, we don’t chop our cue as fine
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as other restaurants. We prefer to leave
com and facebook.com and search for Bum’s
bigger chunks of meat because we feel it
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helps preserve the flavor and texture of our BBQ,” said Emily Dunn, granddaughter of Bum. The BBQ is cooked over oak wood with a sourced as locally as possible.
Pitt County was broken away from Beaufort
Bum’s offers breakfast, lunch and dinner
County in the 1760s. It is home to slightly less
and is a local hangout spot for the Ayden
than 180,000 people – led by Greenville’s
community. “Some of our current regular customers
Winterville Brews Fun Winterville
Oak Brewing Company and Nauti Dog Brewing Company - are drawing large crowds downtown while providing fun and entertainment to the Winterville community. Opening in 2019, Local Oak operates
a different beer and is crafted by owner and
Pints and Poses, car cruise-ins, open mic-
brewmaster Ben Self.
night and Boogie Bingo.
The menu at Local Oak is also ever-
changing with Self crafting new recipes. With
changing as owners Chuck and Janis Smith,
12 beers on tap and wine, seltzers and cider
Miranda Smith and Jon Tart worked find the
offerings, there is something for everyone at
Local Oak. “We never brew the same beer twice. We
using a three-barrel operation consisting of
like to experiment with different recipes,”
five seven-gallon tanks. Each tank contains
Self said, adding the exception of their summertime Cerveza.
“(Nauti Dog) is a good place if you want to start getting into beer. We have a little bit of everything,” Miranda said. “We offer table-side service too. We like to come up to you and have conversations.”
Like Local Oak, Nauti Dog also keeps 12
Both breweries provide more than finely
beers on tap, which includes 10 in-house
crafted craft beer, they provide community.
brews. Nauti Dog also has a selection of wines,
The breweries have become a popular hang-
ciders, seltzers and wine slushies.
out spot for young professionals and families.
Since opening in 2020, Nauti Dog
While some things have changed over
little bit of pecan sprinkled in with the wood
are third and fourth generation patrons.
operates with a five-barrel system and has
localoakbrewery.com and nautidogbrewingco.
been the site of many local events, including
East Carolina University Sports Whether its a beautiful spring day with one of the nation’s top baseball programs on the field at Clark-LeClair Stadium or an
sports like volleyball, soccer, lacrosse and track and field. There are also cross country, golf and spirit teams for the Pirates. One of the most well-known things
improving softball team playing in friendly
about ECU is the team mascot “Pirates.”
confines of Max R. Joyner Family Stadium, a
East Carolina University adopted Pirates as
fall Saturday inside state-of-the-art Dowdy-
an athletic namesake because the school is
Ficklen Stadium for football or a winter day
located near the North Carolina coast where
inside Minges Coliseum with either basketball
pirates often harbored their ships. Edward
team on the floor – East Carolina University
Teach, known as "Blackbeard," had property in
has something for every sports fan.
Bath and on Ocracoke Island.
East Carolina offers 18 different sports
Those wishing to see the Pirates play
from the well-known teams like the Pirate
can do so by going to ecupirates.com and
football team, which draws record crowds on
clicking on the link to tickets. There one can
Saturdays, and the ECU baseball team, which
find tickets to any event for which admission
website and click on the individual sport and
is a perennial national power, to lesser known
is charged. For other sports, go to the same
find the appropriate schedule.
Wildwood Park Whether wanting to spend a day fishing, a night camping or an afternoon with family, Wildwood Park in Greenville is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the beauteous outdoors of Pitt County.
Fishing is permitted at Wildwood from any
Bicycling and hiking are allowed at
location on the banks of the park. Some banks
Wildwood around the 1.5-mil nature surface
are easier to access than others, with the
trail, which follows the perimeter of the lake.
eastern banks steeper than the others. There
ATVs, dirt bikes and golf carts are not allowed
is no charge for visitors to fish, but anyone
at this time.
over 15 will be required to have a fishing license from N.C. Wildlife. The only boats allowed at Wildwood at the current time are of the non-motorized variety, including canoes, kayaks and standup paddle boards. Greenville Parks and Recreation encourage launching from the accessible dock behind the large covered pavilions.
A Time for Science What began as a way to enhance science literacy and education has grown into so much more with a partnership with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science. With two locations, A Time for Science provides unique educational opportunities in the realm of science, nature and astronomy. In Greenville, the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences provides exciting exhibits, mind-
those wishing to use the facility should call 252-329-4567 for more information about how to use it. Other amenities at the park include the natural surface trail, kayak launch, floating deck, sand beaches and the camping platform.
Camping is allowed at platforms which
Wildwood Park is located at 2450 Blue
require hiking or biking from the parking lot
Heron Drive in Greenville and is open from
or by boat from the Tar River. To do so, one
dawn to dusk each day. Everyone is asked to
should call River Park North at 252-329-4560.
leave the park by sunset each day.
Science provides a space for children and adults to get into nature, explore and learn.
For more information visit atimeforscience. org.
With a focus on astronomy and environmental education and outdoor recreation, there is so much to enjoy on the 380 acres of Bray Hollow Conservancy land. Here one can explore four distinct habitats – stream, forest, swamp and ponds – with each habitat home to unique creatures, plants and more. A Time for Science in Grifton also features
opening programs, science camps, fairs,
the Chia-yu- Li Planetarium, nature classes,
e-mentoring programs and has a goal to
kayaking, observatory and more. It’s remote
engage children in science, technology,
location far from the light-pollution of the
engineering, mathematics and arts (STEAM)
world provides ample opportunity to gaze at
the night sky with telescopes as you wander
Along the Contentnea Creek, A Time for
There is a large pavilion at the park and
from stars, galaxies and planets.
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ash County has an extraordinary
two places you’ll love to explore: the Rocky
delicacies their grandparents loved at Smith’s
talent for taking the ordinary and
Mount Mills and The Imperial Centre of the
Red & White in Dortches.
transforming it into something
Arts and Sciences, both in Rocky Mount.
Round out your experience with a trip
The sprawling Tar River Reservoir is a
to the Corner Coffee Café in Nashville for a
A desire to preserve history while creating
magnet for fishing and boating, and one
milkshake or coffee and pastry… and then feel
unique space for the present has produced
can smell, taste and shop for Southern food
free to start all over.
Imperial Centre For The Arts and Sciences Visitors to the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences at 270 Gay Street in Rocky Mount are always surprised at what’s inside. Named for the Imperial Tobacco Company, which once occupied the major portion of the 135,000-square-foot site and sat dormant for fifty years, the Centre is owned and operated by the c ity of Rocky Mount and was opened in 2006 after two years of restoration and renovation.
Perhaps the most-visited
section is the Children’s Museum and Science Center. Cummins Planetarium can set up to 50 for full-dome planetarium and laser light shows such as the seasonal “Legends Of The Night Sky” and “Colors Of The World.” They are included with museum admission. “Human Plus.” a current exhibit, allows visitors to use high-tech tools to extend the abilities of the human body, including how to “feel” music with a special touch panel and discover how people can control neuroprosthetic limbs with a thought. The PNC Live Animal Gallery has a living marsh exhibit featuring a 2,800-gallon saltwater aquarium housing a variety of Atlantic Ocean sea creatures, a live alligator and a variety of displays about North Carolina and World flora and fauna. Also on site is an Art Gallery and a variety of seasonal theatre productions, including YouTube recordings of Shakespeare Sonnets. The Imperial Centre for the Arts and
from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from
information on shows and exhibits, visit
Sciences is open Tuesdays through Saturdays
1-5 p.m. It is closed Mondays. For more
Tar River Reservoir The Tar River Reservoir, a 694-acre lake with hundreds of miles of shoreline, makes its claim to fame not for the water that it supplies to the city of Rocky Mount, but for what’s in it. Especially popular with fishermen because of its Largemouth Bass, Channel Cats, Black Crappie and Bluegill, the Tar River River reservoir is the location for approximately thirty fishing tournaments each year, including the locally promoted DownEast Youth and Adult Bass Fishing Tournament. Professional fisherman Dustin Wilks, who hosts “Catching Bass With Dustin Wilks” on the Sportsman Channel, said fishing is the biggest recreational use of the reservoir, so
Larger boat traffic is limited to the northern
Monitored by Sound Rivers and the Tar-
much so that during Covid, fish populations
end of the reservoir because some of the
Pamlico Riverkeeper Jillian Howell, with
took a hit from the pressure.
bridges, such as South Old Carriage Road, are
weekly water sampling from May 26-Sept.
The Reservoir’s large surface makes for
too low for larger boats, making the southern
3, the Tar River Reservoir consistently has
ideal water sports. Recreational boating tends
end ideal for kayakers and smaller craft. Public
a 100 percent passing rate for 2022 water
to be higher on holiday weekends when water
boat access is available at the Bend Of The
quality standards, with results published at
skiers, jet skiers and tubers enjoy the waters.
River Boat Ramp.
Smith’s Red & White
pounds of sausage a week using a 60-year-
stores, such as hog knuckles and chitlins. An in-
old recipe. Prosnit said he’s met people from
store Deli offers pork shoulders for barbecue
New York, Michigan and Ohio who load up
and also sells chicken pastry, Brunswick stew,
their shopping carts with the sausage, which
collard greens and home-made pimento
they transfer to coolers.
Most can remember treasuring a trip to a candy store at a young age to get the likes of nik-l-nips, atomic fireballs, mary janes, sour balls, and chocolate gold coins. Nash County doesn’t have a candy store, but it’s got something better: Smith’s Red
Country ham is another store specialty, along with cuts of meat not found in other
Smith’s Red & White is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
&White at 3635 North Halifax Road, Rocky Mount, that has an unparalleled candy selection. Bushel baskets of hard-to-find candy is one of the first things shoppers see, particularly at Christmas time. Smith’s Red & White, whose name was handed down from Red & White grocery stores that dotted rural Southern towns in the 1930’s and 1940’s, isn’t just famous for its candy. It’s also the meat. “Our fresh meat is what put us on the map,” said owner Bruce Smith, who got the place from his Dad, Sherwood Smith. Rick Prosnit of Red Oak, a frequent shopper, couldn’t agree more. “The meats are fresh, and you know it’s good quality. Honesty, it’s the best sausage you can get,” Prosnit said, who called the seasoning “absolutely delicious.” Smith’s Red & White produces over 10,000
Not one to rest on her laurels, Laura Wood, “Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door,” as Ralph Waldo Emerson may have said. But in Nashville, the Corner Coffee Café makes a better milkshake, and the locals beat a path there to partake. Owners Laura and Randy Wood bought the shop at 201 West Washington Street in 2020. It already served coffee, but the Woods felt they could do more.
who had no prior food service experience, said she teaches herself by watching YouTube videos. “I practiced every day,” Wood said. “I try to stay on top of all things popular so that’s how I added milk teas and boba and then the loaded energy teas. I want to offer things you can get in a bigger city without leaving our small town.”
“We offer regular and loaded milkshakes,”
Expect to spend some time poring over
Laura Wood said, describing the loaded
drink options, because screen after screen
milkshakes as “extreme.”
listing Espressos, Lattes, Mochas, Frappes, loaded
Smoothies, Hot Chocolates, Teas and Iced
milkshakes, which are 16 ounces and come in
and Hot Coffee options leave customers with
cups that are frosted and dipped, are “Smore’s
plenty to choose from as they stand at the
Galore,” “Strawberry Cheesecake,” “Chocolate
counter to order.
“Part of what makes us different is that we work with other small, local businesses, and the hospitality at our coffee shop sets us apart from others,” Laura Wood said. “Plus, we love
Extreme,” “Cinnamon Toast Crunch” and
Corner Coffee Café also offers a variety of
being in such a great community and it’s easy
“Vanilla and Oreos.” Part of what pushes
fresh-baked goods including bagels, muffins,
to love what you do when you have such great
the creamy concoctions above and beyond
Danishes and apple fritters from partner
are the toppings, which range from actual
businesses Winde Jackson Cakes (Rocky
The Corner Coffee Café is open from 7 a.m.
cheesecake to cupcakes and, as Laura Wood
Mount), Around The Table (Nashville).and
to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8
said, “anything in between.”
Farmer and the Dail (Snow Hill).
a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. It is closed Sundays.
Rocky Mount Mills
exposed steel or timber beams and interior
Community College nearby. An 1891 canteen
brickwork invite walkers to explore or walk
now houses the coffeehouse “Books and
with a beer in hand amid the comfort of air
One of the most popular social gathering spots in Nash County is Rocky Mount Mills, located at 1511 Falls Road in Rocky Mount. Formerly an 1818 cotton yarn mill - the second to be built in North Carolina and on the National Register of Historic Places - the “Mills” is now home to five breweries with
Paddlers on the Tar River Paddle Trail or
Above the falls, an intricate array of steel
other visitors may book overnight stays at
girders, pulleys and winches bear testimony
some of the 20 tiny homes on site, managed
to the cotton mill’s legacy, to be remarked
by River & Twine, or in a renovated 1900s mill
on while visitors enjoy the shade and flowers
amid artfully placed tables and chairs.
For more information about the Rocky
pubs, four restaurants, one coffeeshop and
Some of the breweries are nestled in what
Mount Mills, including its ongoing series
offers a unique combination of commercial
was once a 1901 shipping warehouse, with
of musical and entertainment events, visit
and residential space with plenty of parking.
a Brewing & Entrepreneurial Lab for Nash
Beautifully landscaped with crepe myrtles and a combination of brick or concrete multilevel pathways, the Mills, located directly on the Tar River Falls, offers multiple indoor and outdoor nooks with seating ideal for quiet conversation. Two main mill buildings include office or restaurant space on the ground floor and 50 loft apartments for residents above. The former Power House, managed by Rose Hill, has 5,000 feet of event space available for weddings, receptions, conferences and meetings. Plank floors, regular skylights, cutouts with
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sk most folks in Northampton County where they live and
The river is home for Black Bear, River
During spring and summer, birders can
they’ll gladly tell you it is
Otter, White Tail Deer, Bob Cats, Beaver, Mink
see large numbers of neotropical migrants
and WildTurkey. There are 200 bird species
including Prothonotary warbler, Louisiana
including Bald Eagles, owl’s, and Osprey. A
waterthrush, American redstart, and the rare
Bird Watchers Paradise.
cerulean warbler. Other commonly seen birds
“God’s country.” It is hard to argue. The beautiful landscape of the county’s farms and wildlife draw those who enjoy nature’s beauty. Add to that the waters of the Roanoke River and Lake Gaston and there are stunning views all around. Add to the natural beauty a historic downtown in Jackson, one of the most beautiful veterans monuments in the region and a state-of-the-art shooting range and it is easy to see why Northampton County residents love their home.
The Roanoke River flows over 137 miles across North Carolina’s coastal plain and contains the largest intact bottomland forest ecosystem remaining in the mid-Atlantic. These bottomland forests and wetlands provide critical habitat for wildlife and more than 200 species of birds have been observed
include wood duck, mallard and eastern wild turkey. TNC's Roanoke Preserves are not open to the public, but the Roanoke River can be accessed via the Roanoke River Paddle Trail and the paddle trail's camping platforms.
in the floodplain - including 51 species of
For information on planning paddle trips
neotropical migrants. TNC has helped to
on the Roanoke, visit the Roanoke River
protect over 94,000 acres in the Roanoke
Partners website; also check out the Fish and
Wildlife's bird checklist.
Lafayette’s Tour Jackson was one of the sites visited by
Revolution, despite a royal decree prohibiting
American hero and French aristocrat Marquis
French officers from serving in America.
de Lafayette. He visited Northampton County
on February 27, 1825. There he reunited
with Col. William Polk, an old friend fro the
general and he became a member of George
Revolutionary War. He was received and
addressed inside the Northampton County Courthouse by the first chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, John Louis Taylor. Currently,
Foundation is organizing the trail which was taken by Lafayette, which included stops in Murfreesboro, Enfield and on to Raleigh and then to South Carolina and Georgia. According to battlefields.org, Gilbert du
Lafayette was invited to return to the United States four decades after his service in the Revolutionary War. In 1824, Marquis de Lafayette was invited to visit the United States for the first time in 41 years, the Pomeroy Foundation says. As an American hero and one of the only surviving commanders from the Revolution, Lafayette’s visit to the U.S. was highly anticipated and met with a great deal
Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, better known
of enthusiasm and excitement. Lafayette’s
simply as the Marquis de Lafayette, was born
Tour extended from 1824 to 1825. During
into an extremely noble family in Chavaniac,
this period of time he visited Washington
France in 1757. In April of 1777, Lafayette
D.C., as well as other major cities and small
embarked on the Victoire—a ship paid for
communities across 24 states.
with his personal funds—for North America desperate to serve as a military leader in the
Jackson and other cities Lafayette visit plan to celebrate his trip in 2024.
Veteran’s Memorial The northern Northampton County town of Conway took a step to honor veterans and provide a beautiful memorial to the same on Main Street in the town. Back in May of 2007, the town broke ground on the memorial which was a project of the town’s board of commissioners. In a letter, the veteran’s committee said, “This memorial will honor the service of the men and women who have defended freedom in the past, those who stand watch today and those who will carry the flag of this nation into the future.” Residents and others were encouraged to buy bricks for veterans or to honor other special loved ones to help make the memorial a special place. In November, 2008, a dedication was held at the site, which is located near the Conway
large American flag, as well as a North Carolina flag and a POW/MIA flag. There is also a World
Town Hall. The Veteran’s Park includes five
War II Memorial given by Winfred S. Outland
pillars for the branches of service along with a
Sr. and Janie Martin Outland.
Bricks scatter the landscape with names of those who have served or are serving. For
Boon’s Mill Boon’s Mill, a former Civil War battleground
On July 28, 1863, Union Troops clashed
site, has become home to a variety of wildlife
with Brig. Gen. Matt W. Ransome’s Confederate
and a quiet place for folks to spend an
forces at Boon’s Mill. Ransom and his men
were in Petersburg, Va. When they hurried
The site, just west of Jackson, is home to a place to hold a family picnic and fish off the pier. There flowing waters of Boone’s Millpond is surrounded by foilage that makes for a scenic spot right off U.S. 158. The site itself is home to a N.C. Historical Marker for the battle fought there. According
to Garysburg by rail upon hearing about the battle. For Ransom, the situation was grim as his plantation “Verona” was located only a few miles from Boon’s Mill and was in the path of the Union advance. The battle was a five-hour skirmish which
to the N.C. Department of Cultural and
effectively ended the Union’s effort to destroy
Natural Resources, that occurred in July of
the Weldon bridge in 1863.
1863 when the Union Army made advances
While the site was one of a historic battle,
towards Weldon with the intent of destroying
it is now a calm and serene place which allows
the railroad bridge over the Roanoke River.
people to relax and enjoy an afternoon.
Odom Shooting Range & Boat Ramp The Odom Shooting Range just outside Jackson, provides one of the newest avenues for those who like to get outside and target practice or get guns prepared for the various hunting seasons. “We are constantly trying to expand our range program,” said N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Shooting Sports Coordinator Josh Jernigan. “Any time we have the opportunity to do so, we do.” The Odom Shooting Range basically was a “right time, right place” situation, according to Jernigan. N.C. Wildlife was already involved with the Department of Public Safety, who operated the now closed Odom Correctional Institute, in providing a new boat ramp. Those wishing to use the Odom Safety Range can show up any time during the hours of operation, which include Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. “To begin with, you have to watch a fiveminute safety video if it’s your first time shooting at a range,” Taylor said. “Those who wish to shoot should bring their own eye and ear protection and their own paper targets.” Those interested in using the facility can use anything except 50 BMG or tracer rounds. Those are prohibited. The Odom Shooting Range is located at
709 Striper Lane in Jackson. In addition, just a short drive down the dirt path is Odom Boating Access Area, which allows visitors to put a boat in the water or just
get an closeup look at the beautiful waters of the river. The boat ramp is located at 1017 Striper Lane in Jackson.
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ertford County is home to one of the most historic towns in the region – Murfreesboro – and one
of the centers of commerce in Ahoskie. Scattered in between are small towns with histories of their own from Como to Harrellsville and all spots in between. The result is a wonderful county that is not only a wonderful place to live, but also a terrific place to visit – year round.
Spring in Como Connecting U.S. 258 as it heads north from Murfreesboro to Virginia with U.S. 158, which heads east from Murfreesboro to Winton before turning north to head to Virginia, is one of only three two-car cable ferries remaining in North Carolina. Existing in some form since the early 1900s, the ferry has been run by the North Carolina Department of Transportation since the 1930s. In early 2018, it was taken out of
service for a major refurbishing, and, thanks in
pavement before it becomes a gravel road
part to COVID, did not return to service until
that eventually is mostly sand as you arrive at
The major operation begins in spring each
Once on that road, one is in the Chowan
year with hours from 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. March
Swamp Game Land, and will definitely feel
through September; from September through
the atmosphere. On this side of the river one
March, it only operates from 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
must honk your horn to get the ferry operator’s
One can access the ferry by heading from
attention. It takes him about five minutes to
Winton to Murfreesboro on 158, turning
make a pick up, and in another five minutes or
right onto Parker’s Ferry Road, just beyond
so, one will find themselves in Maney’s Neck,
the Hertford County Courthouse. There the
just south of Como.
visitor should continue about a half mile on
Summer in Harrellsville (Ruby Junes in June) Head south on N.C. 45, and just before one leaves Hertford County, they will find one of the true gems of the area: Griffin’s, a family farm that has furnished produce to area grocery stores for more than seventy years and for at least thirty has permitted individuals to pick their own strawberries, from a one-acre patch. Strawberry farming has changed through the years, from dirt to plastic beds and with the type strawberry grown. Currently the favorite is one called Ruby June (replacing earlier favorites, the Chandler and Camarose); a large berry, it picks easy, caps easy, and keeps easy. If one is lucky enough to go at a time to
aid of a computer. Debbie was born into farming life and
continuing the tradition solo. Visit, and one will see not only the land but
meet Debbie and/or Dot, they are in for quite
has never wanted to do anything else. She’ll
a treat. Dot started farming with her husband
regale visitors with stories of riding on a
in the late 1940s, and, at age 92, she might not
tractor with her father when she could barely
be quite as active in the fields as she once was,
walk, eventually graduating to accompanying
but she is still active in the business, keeping
him to grocery stores, then delivering with
plant foliage or the ruby red or the berries, all
the books, old school as she says, without the
him, and finally, following his death in 2004,
are jewels in the Hertford County crown.
Autumn in Ahoskie
D.C. and western North Carolina to enjoy what
of a major portion of the population. Also
has been recognized by the North Carolina
always present is the mascot, a giant rabbit
Haunted House Association as one of the top
which regular Gallery goers will remember
Like local history? Love horror? Looking for a safe scare? Then, the Haunted Hotel on Railroad Street in Ahoskie is the place come Halloween. Begun in 2017 by Tommy Hurdle and thespian friends, the Haunt, originally called The Basement, was located in the basement of the Ahoskie Town Hall. Since then it has migrated to the former Garrett Hotel (built by
fifteen haunts in North Carolina. Each year a different theme is selected, and this year may feature monsters from different time periods. Just as no two years
the equipment that keeps it up, including a tractor in operation for more than fifty years. Whether the emerald green of the grass and
from Batboy. Those unable to make a performance might spot some of the actors on the street
are the same, so no two performances in a
prior to performances, or they might schedule
single year are the same, but there are always
a ghost tour of the upper floors of the former
clowns because clowns address a major fear
the same person as the Richard Theatre, now the Gallery) and been renamed The Hotel. Each year, it names a local charity to receive the proceeds, donating to the Ahoskie Food Pantry for several years, raising $710,000 per year for that organization. Actors, usually about 25, join other volunteers in the labor of love, accepting no salary and funding much of the production themselves. Many actors are local, but some drive as much as two hours one way to participate. Visitors come from as far as Washington,
Winter in Winton Since 1948, youngsters of all ages (usually 150-200 of them) converge on the Fire Department on Main Street in Winton at 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve to participate in a parade. All fire vehicles are moved to the street, and the youngsters climb aboard to participate in a parade that takes them southeast to the C.S.Brown School where they turn around in front of the Cultural Arts Center and move back up the street toward the river, ending at the town Christmas Tree. There, Santa Claus (who has been on the last vehicle in the parade) meets with each child, listening to Christmas wishes and giving each child a bag of fruit and candy. Originally riding on a fire truck, in recent years Santa has arrived via boat (a part of the
Provided entirely by the Winton Volunteer
Brandon Williams, currently chief, is a
WVFD fleet), and although he originally came
Fire Department, this event attracts people
fourth-generation member of the Winton
alone, lately, he has brought Mrs. Claus and
who attended as children and now bring
VFD. Remembering Christmas Eve of his
even some elves to help him. After all, he is in
their children and even grandchildren, some
youth, he looks forward to the event every
Winton very close to the time he has to begin
from great distances who come “home” for
year and says it is definitely one of the places
his world-wide travels.
worth visiting in Hertford County.
Any Season in Murfreesboro
the breakfast and lunch crowds (going to
the 1934 Murfreesboro High School Football
or interrupting the workday for a meal), the
Championship Team, other ball teams, high
families who enjoy supper or the late-night
school homecoming courts, veterans, bands,
Chowan students with their DJ.
and a legendary Bob Burke picture.
For almost eighty years, Walter’s Grill has been a Main Street attraction in Murfreesboro whether beckoning those hungry for food (especially its hot dog), history or local culture. Opened in 1944 and owned until 1977 by the late Walter Liverman, the name has remained even though successively owned by Katherine Umphlett (1977-1987) and Billy Theodorakis (1987-present). The hot dogs make it famous, but it’s the fixin’ and the fixin’s that set them apart. Regulars can remember Liverman lining them up (sometimes as many as fourteen) on his arm to fix with mustard, chili and slaw. When
determined not to fix what wasn’t broken and so kept the hot dogs and the reputation for down-home cooking at reasonable prices, but he did make some changes, doubling the seating area, first for outdoor dining, then enclosing it as well as adding central heat and air. If the walls could talk, they would tell of
And the walls do “talk” with stories of
As a poem on the wall proclaims: “The
Murfreesboro–a 1926 letter to the Mayor of
Town of Murfreesboro has its place/Walter’s
Murfreesboro, old newspapers, pictures of
Grill, a saving grace.”
Rivers meet forming the brackish water the
Story & Photos by Deborah Griff in
county seat of Washington, emptying into
Turnage Theater A block from Washington’s Waterfront, located at 150 West Main, is the historic Turnage Theater, a N.C. designated historic site. The structure, built in 1913, has been preserved through multiple revisions. The 32,000-square-foot building houses two theaters. The multimillion-dollar restored structure is headquarters for the region’s state-designated
t’s impossible to experience Beaufort County apart from the waterways that give this coastal inlet its personality. Two
region has become inseparable from. The Pamlico and Tar rivers mingle, then split the county in two, passing through the the Sound, flowing on to the Atlantic Ocean.
The council also hosts music acts and stage performances on the renovated stage in the palace-style theater, which has 432 seats. In the early 1900s, the original theater, a vaudeville playhouse, was located on the second floor. In the 1920s, silent movies became popular and the theater began showing them regularly. Then, in 1927, “modern” films with sound
Turnage from demolition more than once.
were shown. But its location on Main Street
Most recently the Turnage received a new
made hearing over outside traffic almost
serves a vibrant connector for eastern North
roof after $1.4 million was raised through
impossible. So, in the mid-1930s, a man
Carolina with cultural events and activities.
private donations, foundation grants, local,
named C.A. Turnage built a second theater in
state and federal government sources and
the rear, away from the street noise.
historic preservation funding,
arts council, the Arts of the Pamlico, which
The arts council’s calendar is packed each month with a plethora of artistic opportunities,
Over the years, decay, lack of use and
including acting camps, professional acts,
damage threatened to condemn the building
music workshops, concerts, festivals and
St. Thomas, Bath Nine miles from Goose Creek State Park, is the historic community of Bath, North Carolina’s oldest town. North Carolina’s oldest church is located there, only yards from Bath Creek, a tributary of the Pamlico. For three centuries, St. Thomas Episcopal Church has served as a silent sentinel of this picturesque coastal town. The unassuming, single-room, red brick church has held strong — a testament to the unshakable faith of the early founders. Bath first was settled in 1695, then incorporated in 1705. St. Thomas was built in 1734.
Services continue to be held here each Sunday morning, as well as at special times throughout the year. Just like the black walnut trees, and longleaf and loblolly pines which adorn the grounds, St. Thomas has remained deeply rooted in the community. The church is located at 101 Craven Street, just off of Bath’s Main Street. Both streets meander out to Bonner Point, a State Historic Site situated on the edge of the Pamlico River, on land between two tranquil creeks. Tomlinson said the faith of her current flock is built upon the faith of the first congregations and those throughout the ages. She feels a sense of obligation to those who
or without a resident priest. Even when the
at St. Thomas since October 2014.
congregation throughout its history, with
faithful members still held services there,
according to the Rev. Diane Tomlinson, priest
The church has enjoyed a perpetual
church fell into disrepair in the mid-1800s,
to come. For
preserve the historic theatre for generations
“It is our responsibility to keep the church going,” she added.
“As a historic church, we acknowledge where we have come from and embrace where we are going.”
Goose Creek State Park
detailed exhibits explain the flora, fauna and
Twelve miles down river from the Estuarium is Goose Creek State Park, covering 1,672 acres. The park is located just off the Pamlico Sound, at 2190 Camp Leach Rd. Overnight
wildlife of the area. Easy access into or onto the waters of the sound include swim beaches, boat ramps and a paddling launch. Paddling is suggested, for a peaceful way to enjoy tree-lined creek
primitive camp sites and R.V. hook-up sites.
banks and watch graceful waterfowl. Paddlers
Sleeping cabins (no running water) can
must make arrangements to bring vessels
be reserved with a two-night minimum.
with them, as there are none for rent in the
Reservations, required, can be made online or
park. Park rangers warn paddlers to be aware
by calling 1-877-722-6762.
of incoming storms and always wear a life
Photo by Nathan Summers bass, bluegill, and white and yellow perch. State fishing licenses are required and the rules
Eight miles of trails, some board-walked
vest. Day users can access Goose Creek from
of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission
for easy accessibility, lead visitors through
Dinah's Landing while overnight campers can
and Marine Fisheries apply. There is no fee for
Spanish Moss draped forests, coastal wetlands
put in at the end of the campground road.
fishing at Goose Creek State Park.
Fishing the creeks and river offer anglers
and cypress swamps of the Pamlico Sound.
plenty of fresh and saltwater fish, especially in
park/home for hours of operation and more
center, is open daily from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and
warmer weather. Species include largemouth
vital ecosystems for many reasons, including
that greets visitors. It demonstrates how water
the fact that over 90 percent of the seafood
that flows from the North Carolina mountains
species caught by North Carolina’s fishermen
all the way to the sea, is everlasting.
Just minutes from the Turnage Theater is the North Carolina Estuarium, located on the river at 223 East Water St. It is, according to Director Tom Stroud, the world’s first of its kind. Estuaries are the wide part of a river where fresh and saltwater mix. “They are
— such as blue crab, flounder and shrimp —
“The water cycle is eternal,” Stroud
spend at least part of their lives in estuaries,”
continued. “The molecules of water that
you brushed your teeth with this morning,
Thousands of square miles of estuaries lie inside North Carolina’s barrier island shoreline. “People love the rivers and waterways of
Four rooms of exhibits explain how pollution and hurricanes affect the fragile life
that talks about why they are so special, what
growing in the estuaries.
lives here — in addition to people,” he added.
the county’s eclectic tie to art, culture, history, education, eateries, breweries and
Stroud said. Reservations are required for the free boat
science of the region, but also tries to make
tours offered Wednesdays - Fridays at 10:30
an emotional connection to the water, he said.
a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and Saturdays at 1:30 p.m.
A towering sculpture made of driftwood
For reservations, call the Estuarium at 252-
restaurants and businesses. is
“Estuaries are like the womb of the oceans,”
The estuarium not only explains the
scavenged from the Pamlico is the first thing
eastern North Carolina. We are the only facility we need to do to take care of them, and what
a dinosaur might have bathed in millions of
Many of the downtown eateries are unique and make use of beautiful, older buildings. The posh Hackney, 192 West Main, is
948-0000. At the corner of Main and Gladden streets is the Washington Waterfront Underground Railroad Museum, located in a restored Seaboard Coast Line Railroad Caboose.
located inside a refurbished 1922 bank,
The Pamlico River itself can be experienced
complete with marble floors. Across the
by paddle board or kayak which are rentable,
street, at 189 West Main, The Mulberry House
along with bicycles, at several local outfitters.
Russel said, “Our number one asset is our
features a rooftop bar where visitors can sip
Beaufort County boasts of two recently
geographical location — the riverfront,” on
on drinks as the sun sets over the river.
installed kayak launchers.
entertainment. The waterfront is Washington’s Crown Jewel. Washington
Around the corner on Gladden Street, only
“People of all ages and income levels are
steps from the Pamlico, is the original, famous
able to enjoy the beautiful waterfront,” Russel
Bill’s Hot Dog Stand which has served up a
simple fare of deep fried hot dogs and a spicy
Main Street, which runs parallel to Water Street, is a mix of art galleries, retail shops,
white bean chili since 1928. Long lines testify to the popularity of the franks.
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If you are looking for a day trip to take, look no further than Warrenton. This little town has quite a bit going on and a gem of a spot for a day trip. Rosemont of Virginia Vineyards Take a drive up to Rosemont Vineyards for an afternoon of good wine and beautiful views. Take a few minutes to stop at JB Jones & Co., which is a gas station less than half a mile from the vineyard, to grab a baked good or two to take with you up to the vineyard. Rosemont Vineyards is offering wine tastings of four wines for $10. You may make reservations for 1 hour and 45 minutes to enjoy the wine tastings, which is highly recommended. They also have various items available
charcuterie board while there. This gem of a place is definitely worth the drive. It's only about 25 minutes from Warrenton. Also, there is the cutest pup, Maddie, who you should absolutely give pets to because she's a good girl. Rosemont of Virginia is located at 1050 Blackridge Rd., La Crosse, VA 23950. P.S. I brought home a bottle of Virginia Red and Virginia White.
George’s of Warrenton Chilly Chicken Creamery No trip to Warrenton is complete without a stop at Chilly Chicken Creamery. They make 16 flavors in house, including seasonal flavors, that can be served in cups or cones or in delicious milkshakes. They also have sundaes, homemade ice cream sandwiches and floats. When I visit in the fall, I will always order a milkshake with pumpkin sorbet and pumpkin spice latte ice cream and wow was it delicious. Chilly Chicken also serves gourmet grilled cheeses and soup. The Sophomore paired
Warrenton and offers a menu of pizzas, pastas and a variety of sandwiches and wraps. The restaurant is also open for lunch, too. There is ample seating, friendly staff and a very familiar and comfort food driven menu. George’s of Warrenton is open seven days a week starting at 11 a.m. MondayThursday, it is open until 9 p.m., FridaySaturday until 10 p.m. and Sunday at 8 p.m.
with Tomato Soup is on my list of things to try the next time we visit. Chilly Chicken Creamery is open MondayThursday 3-9 p.m., Friday 3-10 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.. It's located at 111 Bragg St., Warrenton, NC 27589.
Have Lunch at Drip Coffee + Market Make your first stop to Drip Coffee + Market! My go-to order is the BLT croissant and a Chai Latte to go. Drip is such an adorable spot right in downtown Warrenton. Their turkey club is another great option. The space is warm, welcoming and spacious. They have a delicious menu, including mini donuts and soup of the day options. On Fridays and Saturdays, they are offering casual dinner options and homemade ice cream. Drip is located at 108 S Main St., Warrenton, NC 27589.
Mill Hill Taproom Mill Hill Taproom is right outside of the historic downtown area and has ample outdoor seating. They offer live music and food trucks so be sure to check their social media channels for their line-ups.
Locorum Distillery Locorum Distillery is a beautiful space right in the historic district. It's a great spot to stop for a drink and sip a cocktail featuring their distilled spirits.
Meghan Brown Grant is the author of I’m Fixin’ To, a lifestyle blog focusing on North Carolina, and a regular contributor to Eastern North Carolina Living. She lives in Willow Springs with her husband, David, and two dogs.
obersonville might seem to some like the mythical town of Mayberry with its small-town friendliness and unhurried living.
But Pete Hendrick, the town’s new Chief
of Police, wants people to understand the Robersonville Police Department is on par with some of the biggest cities in America when it comes to training, technology and tactical gear. Hendrick, who came to Robersonville in December, left Fort Myers, Florida after a 29year career in police work. He was looking for a slower pace. “I’ve come in every morning, and I haven’t hit a traffic jam yet,” he said. “One thing I had to learn is you have to wave at everybody.” He liked being here so much, a monthand-a-half later he convinced his coworker and friend, Tim Short, also from Fort Myers, to come to Robersonville and be his Deputy Chief. The pair admit it is not a typical move. Both were at a place in their lives where they could pick up and move their families.
F INDING A N EW H OME
Hendrick has three children ages 6, 17 and 19. Short’s children are all grown. Hendrick explained why he wanted Short for the position. Besides being used to working together, he said, “You usually try to find someone you can really trust. We bring a slightly different approach [to police work] because we come from such a bigger place.” They went from a department of 1,700 people in Lee County, Florida to a staff of six. Their previous department had more people than the 1,500 people who live within Robersonville city limits. Both said that is why they came here. Short said, “I don’t want to run homicides all day, every day.” Hendrick and Short want to bring a more professional approach to law enforcement. “The officers here have been receptive to it,” Hendrick said. One of the first things he worked to
implement was police uniforms and marked
took that money [from the cut position] and
spread it out over the people who remained. I
“There have been times the town has struggled to maintain the police department. We want it to be something they can be proud of,” he said. He said he also pushed for better equipment. “[These officers] face real world threats,” he said, just as in any town. “They need the same
felt like it was something we had to do.” He eventually hopes to bring that position back. Even though it made the overall workload heavier, Hendrick said, “I think it let the officers know they are valued and showed them we are trying to keep up with the times. We had fallen so far behind. It was tough.”
equipment that big cities have. We’ve done
Another thing he found difficult was a
well so far. The town has really helped out and
disconnect between the townspeople and the
done a lot with helping us move forward.”
We try to make bad times people are having just a little bit better. - Pete Hendrick, Robersonville Chief of Policce
The department has new guns, holsters,
“We want to reconnect with the town,”
tasers, body armor and new chemical agents,
he said. “They feel like the department hasn’t
not rushed. Police officers across the United
“so we have less lethal choices when we have
been very responsive in the past. We want
States are literally running from call to call
people out of control,” explained Short.
to change that. It’s going to take time, but we
to call to call. They get about five minutes
He added the department needed new
want to follow through on issues – small or
with people because there are three other
guns because “15-year-old firearms, if not
big. We want people to know that if you call
calls stacking up. There is no personalized
properly maintained, or armored by a certified
us, we are going to treat it as serious.”
armorer, become a liability over time. We
The crimes they see in Robersonville are
were able to replace the firearms; and just
like what they saw in Florida, only on a much
as importantly, we were able to replace the
sighting system. This system is much safer for the officer,” improving accuracy. “Small things like that show the officers
Hendrick and Short bring 59 years of experience between them. “If there is a shooting, stabbing or robbery
“We see a lower number than we see in the big city, but it is all the same, everywhere you go,” Hendrick said.
— we’ve been trained to handle it,” he said. Concerning the school shooting in Texas, Hendrick said, “We have years and years of
we are willing to invest in them and the
He has met with civic leaders and churches
training in those type of things. We are well-
equipment. We are going to bring the latest
and is planning a National Night Out in August.
positioned to handle [something like] that.
technology that we can afford to bring here,” Hendrick said. Training, one of Short’s specialties, has been a priority. Henrick said the next step will be updating the computer system. So far, the crime fighting duo has felt welcomed. “People are very supportive of the police department,” Hendrick said. Working in a small town, means working with a smaller budget. “Everybody wants more. If we had more money we could do more. If we had more
He appreciates the fact the town wants its own police department.
Those experiences benefit the town.” Hendrick said the slower pace allows him
“We are currently under the auspices of the Local Government Commission [LGC]. One of the first things they do when they
to impact more people. “In a place this small, you can make meaningful change pretty easily,” he added.
come in is to see where they can cut and save
Hendrick was drawn to police work as
money. They saw the value in having their
a child because it was exciting, but as he
own police department and fought to keep it,”
matured, he said he likes the job because he
Hendrick said. “When people are supportive
can help people.
of law enforcement, it makes you feel good.” Besides Williamston, Robersonville is the only other town in Martin County that has their own police department. Hendrick
“We try to make bad times people are having just a little bit better,” he said. “I love it that the town is a lot like Mayberry,” said Hendrick.
Short said it was one of the attractive
people we could do more. We’ve been trying
conveniences he misses, but “being able to
to find that balance,” he continued.
know your neighbors, and wave at people and
“People will know my name,” said Short. “I
they wave back – is something I’ll trade [for
will know theirs. They wave at you and will talk
convenience] any day of the week,” he said.
to you at breakfast [in a restaurant]. Those are
One of the hardest decisions Hendrick made was to cut a position. “We had to pay our people more,” he explained. “We were so underpaid. We were
Both men are still adjusting to the slower pace.
things about being here.
the important things. Then they will feel safe enough to reach out when they need you.”
at a point we potentially could have lost over
“We are used to being busy,” said Hendrick.
Deborah Griffin is News Editor of The
half our staff because they could have gone
“We welcome calls. We may only get five or
Enterprise in Williamston and a Staff Writer for
somewhere else and made more money. We
six calls a day now, but the good thing is we’re
Eastern North Carolina Living.
Kitchen Sylvia Hughes with her grandmother, Bertie Dameron.
Talking to my cousin, Wayne, recently, he was reminiscing about the vegetable garden my mom and dad planted every year. We could hardly wait for the garden to start producing. Wayne and I were raised like brother and sister. He was remembering my mom telling him, “Go out to the garden and pick whatever you want to eat and I will cook it.” My dad often chose our meals the same way. Our table was always full of freshly picked food in the summer. Is there anything better? I ate very little meat when there was so much goodness on the table. My mom cooked many things the same way her mom cooked vegetables from her garden. She cooked other things her own way. I didn’t cook with my mom, but watched what she did. Our favorite thing from the garden was fried corn. Fried cabbage was a close second. We also liked fried okra and squash. Seems like a lot was fried, right? But other foods balanced it out. We had cucumbers in vinegar, sliced tomatoes, green beans, peas and many other vegetables. As the garden began to produce more than we could eat, mom and I canned for the winter months. Not only did we can vegetables, but we canned fruit and made relishes and jams. The hardest thing we did was chow chow.
It involved a lot of vegetables diced very small and we made a lot of batches at one time. We continued to can together even after I was married. I had my own garden then and we gathered enough from both gardens to can for two households. There is something about sharing work that makes it fun and draws you closer together. Seeing all the jars on the counter ready to be used when the garden is gone is very satisfying. Knowing that you will have something for your family that is better than you can buy at the grocery store is a feeling of a job well done. I have gotten too old now to plant a garden and can its surplus, but I still cook some of the vegetables the same way my mom and grandmother did. Grandmother’s recipes were brought with her from her home in the Shenandoah Valley. All of her family lived there from the 1700’s. They were Scot-Irish and she married a man who was of German descent. Her cooking was some of both. I have not seen anyone who cooked fried corn or cabbage this way, so I will try to tell you how it is done. They are cooked almost the same way. Sometimes it is hard to turn what you have always done into measurements someone can follow. It is worth it though because it is the best corn and cabbage I’ve ever eaten.
Fried Corn bottom of skillet.
6 ears of corn meat
One slice of streak of lean or a little bacon grease
d fry Put corn in the skillet an until charred
Cut all the corn off the co
Add just enough water to t the
In a cast iron skillet, fry ou
meat or heat the bacon gre Remove the meat
grease You do not want much to cover in your pan. Just enough
almost to top of corn. te
Add salt and pepper to tas
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Fried Cab bage
Cut one small cab bage into turning un about 1 in til charred ch by 2 in and wilted ch pieces A dd enou Fry two gh water pieces of to cover streak of cabbage. lean mea t in cast ir on skillet until Add salt a browned. nd peppe Remove m r to taste eat C over and Put cabba cook unti ge in skille l water is t and kee p gone and cabba ge is almo st soft.
Sylvia Hughes is a retired newspaper editor and columnist residing in Windsor. In addition to three sons, she has a gaggle of grandchildren, many of whom love cooking with her just as she did with her mother and grandmother.
Grace & Truth
5 things to see here was born in Hertford County. I have lived in Bertie County my entire life except when I pastored a church near Raleigh for a few years. By God’s grace, I
have returned to pastor my home church and now live in Chowan County. I have also been so fortunate to travel the world. My thirty-six years have seen remarkable things. No one can see more potential and enjoy this area more than I. I hope you can see the things I love about these plains in plain view. Here are five things you can see here: Genuine People
“Yes, we may
world. So many want to be accepted by the ways of so-called experts and those that laud aside their intuitive beliefs and understandings to align with the prevailing thoughts. But, here, you might still find people who will live their whole life according to what sits
place for you here. Gentlemen In a world that’s increasingly becoming
not have many attractions here, but the people are astonishing.
Societal expectations are a weight in our
their education or experiences. So, they lay
the wind. If it’s gentleness you crave, there is a
P ASTOR WEBB H OGGARD
known her, and yet she abundantly blesses everyone she meets. Yes, we may not have many attractions here, but the people are astonishing.
right in their spirit - no ax to grind and no war
Gentler Speed of Life
to fight. They live a life that says, “That’s how I
Many are living at that breakneck speed,
see it, and that’s enough for me.” I love meeting people who are “what you see is what you get,” and that may just be what
hostile to all discussions of gender, I’m glad that some of the “patriarchy” still see their place as a position to help and serve others. In the “good ole days”, the word gentleman referred to a landowner. Today, this word means a nice way of treating one another. During the 1800s, people began to connect the idea that those with the most should be the most generous. The word generous means “like royalty,” and kings and queens should use their authority to bless those around them. All that to say, you can still find men that put others before themselves. We have people who live the golden rule. Generations in One Place The last thing I think you might see are families who stay together. I pastor a church blessed with many new families, and I’m so grateful for each of them. But, we also
but if you look closely, you may see some
have children whose grandparents and
letting life come to them.
great-grandparents began, built and stayed
In our world of hurry, “dog eat dog,”
committed to the work here in Bertie.
production first, it’s an absolute joy to see life
My boys are growing up in the same church
lived one day at a time. Farmers have such an
that I did, and I grew up on the same road
I’ve seen people who looked like they
impact on our culture here that the seasons
where my mom lived her childhood. Many
could barely make it, but they would invite
still influence many things. Businesses change
generations have settled here and, as far as
you to dinner and give you everything that
their hours to accommodate their families and
I’m concerned, after traveling and living in
isn’t nailed down.
the town’s life flow. People recognize the need
some other places, being home is not settling at all.
you find around these parts.
I know a lady in whose home you’ll see no
for rain and talk about when we need less of it.
personal luxuries, but it’s filled with cleaning
These people are much more in tune with
Emanuel Webb Hoggard is Pastor at
supplies, food and everyday items she takes
the earth and each other than our TVs and
Askewville Assembly of God and a resident
to an orphanage annually. She wears the same
media. Maybe walk down one of our streets
of Edenton. He can be reached via email at
dresses I’ve seen her wear all the years I’ve
or stop and watch some corn stalks dance in
Town of Ahoskie
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PLUMMER BERNARD YOUNG Journalist. Publisher of Norfolk Journal & Guide, 1910-1962, leading black-owned newspaper in the South. Birthplace nearby.
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orth Carolina native Plummer Bernard Young (1884-1962), best known by his initials P. B., for over fifty years published the largest black newspaper in the South. P. B. Young’s father Winfield Scott Young, born into slavery, emerged after the war as a member of the African American elite in Halifax County. In 1870 he moved to Littleton on the line with Warren County and there operated a dry goods store. By 1884 Winfield Young had established in that town the True Reformer, a weekly newspaper. P. B. Young attended Reedy Creek Academy and, from 1900 to 1906, was a part-time student at Saint Augustine’s College. In 1907 P. B. Young, recently married, moved to Norfolk, Virginia, to take a position as plant foreman for the Journal and Guide, the newspaper owned by the Supreme Lodge Knights of Gideon, a fraternal order to which his father belonged. Norfolk in 1907 was thirty percent African American with a thriving black business community. The newspaper was then distributed to about 600 subscribers, mostly lodge members. In 1910 the Gideons sold the paper to Young for $3,050. Young increased
investment in the business and by 1918, while maintaining the primary readership and advertising base in tidewater Virginia and northeastern North Carolina, had readers nationwide and was competing with black papers in Chicago and Pittsburgh. By 1935 the Norfolk Journal and Guide had forty-two employees and a readership of 35,000, the most of any black-owned paper in the South. Editorially Young was conservative or accommodationist, from his support of the uplift philosophy of Booker T. Washington in the 1910s through to criticism received from civil rights activists in the 1950s. Henry Lewis Suggs, who wrote a biography of Young, concluded that “three words from P. B. Young’s basic philosophy best epitomized his overall character: arbitration, negotiation, and compromise.” Young was active in the Commission of Interracial Cooperation, working with James E. Shepard, Mary McLeod Bethune, and Frank Porter Graham among others. Historian Carter Woodson and educator Charlotte Hawkins Brown were among the contributors to his newspaper. For ten years Young served as trustee chairman of Howard University and Hampton Institute.
U.S. 158 northeast of Littleton REFERENCES Henry Lewis Suggs, P. B. Young, Newspaperman: Race, Politics, and Journalism in the New South, 1910-1962 (1988) Thomas C. Parramore, Norfolk: The First Four Centuries (1994) Jeffrey J. Crow, Paul D. Escott, and Flora J. Hatley, A History of African Americans in North Carolina (1992)
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PARTING SHOTS By Thadd White
One of the best things about Eastern
promote other counties in our All in a Day’s
the outdoors, physical activities or sports –
North Carolina Living is being able to visit the
Trip feature, but there are plenty of things
Eastern North Carolina is a wonderful place to
18 counties in our coverage region. I’ve had the
people should see right here in our home
live and to visit.
opportunity to be in all of them and I enjoy
each one for its own unique draws. As we work to provide stories for our magazine, we each have the chance to visit new places, meet new people and explore the counties we call home. Personally,
County, work in Bertie, Martin, Chowan and Perquimans counties and visit almost every other one for both work and pleasure.
Bertie County, my home, is one of the
of our stories, learn about the places that
poorest counties in North Carolina, but has
interest you and plan visits to these wonderful
things that draw people on a regular basis –
places. Just remember, we’ve only hit the tip of
the Cashie Tree House Village, Livermon Zoo
the iceberg with the five places we’ve chosen.
and Historic Hope. Pitt County draws people to visit on a daily basis and there are literally dozens of reasons to spend a day in the county. From East Carolina University sports to beautiful parks, there is something for everyone.
As we were deciding themes for this
There are historic sites in beautiful
magazine, it occurred to us that we often
Chowan County, wonderful places of nature
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in Northampton County, incredible variety in Halifax County and beautiful and wonderful places in Martin County. And they are just to name a few. There is something in just about every
There are literally hundreds more that are equally impressive. We’ll be back in September with our next issue. In it, you’ll meet some of the people who coach our youth in sports from recreation league all the way to college. If you have ideas of someone we should feature, feel free to drop me at note at firstname.lastname@example.org. Until next time, remember… all who wander are not lost. Continue joining us as we wander through Beaufort, Bertie, Chowan, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax,
county that you our readers will be surprised
Hertford, Hyde, Martin, Nash, Northampton,
to find. You’ll discover new reasons to spend a
day or weekend right here near home.
Washington and Wilson counties.
It is always fun to get out and explore, but
Thadd White is Editor of five Adams
I think this magazine will prove its easy to
Publishing Group publications in Eastern North
do that right here in Eastern North Carolina.
Carolina. He can be reached via email at
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