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Thank you, Mrs, Nancy!


Some of NC’s traditions trace back to Europe

Emerson Bullock, 1, is preparing for his second Christmas. The son of Mandy and Kristopher Bullock of Williamston was pleased to see the Christmas tree make its annual appearance. Photo by Jim Green.

VOL. 10, NO. 6 DECEMBER 2018 54. ROCKY MOUNT There’s something for everyone


Events happening in and around the 12 counties

STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS Publisher Kyle Stephens kstephens@ncweeklies.com

Editor Thadd White twhite@ncweeklies.com


Sylvia Hughes gives us a peek into Bertie Dameron’s kitchen

Rick Goines prepares us for the 2019 Carolina Outdoor Expo

Staff Gene Metrick gmetrick@rmtelegram.com Jim Green jgreen@ncweeklies.com Leslie Beachboard lbeachboard@ncweeklies.com Deborah Griffin dgriffin@ncweeklies.com Corey Davis


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Edward Warren left a lasting mark in Tyrell County


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The FAMOUS Cornbread Sandwich


he cornbread

house on Gatling Street in Windsor by his

She was joined by Lois Sanders, Jane Bowen,


wife, Helen.

Boo Beasley and the Peele Twins of Aulander.



J.W. “Russ” Russell, a co-owner of Bunn’s


carried the tradition forward, “Miss Grace”

remembered, “Mrs. Nancy, quite a unique

Windsor is one of the

cooked cornbread at the homestead on

character, waited until the other tennis


Granville Street in Windsor until the mid

players ordered, then she said to me,


‘Lord honey, I’m on a diet and cant gain an



delicacies in eastern

Modern times hit Bunns’ with a spanking

ounce. How about take a small piece of that

Many don’t know

new oven, replacing gas ovens from the

cornbread and slice it and put a touch of

just how the unusual,

homes. The same recipe was kept, but an

barbecue and slaw on it’.”


over that had equal heat from top and

North Carolina.





bottom, replaced the old gas stoves. Then, on a spring day in the late 1970s,

into existence. began

the story began…

operation in 1938, and

Mrs. Nancy Rascoe, a Windsor resident,

baked cornbread was

and her group of tennis players came by

cooked at Mr. “Bunn”

for their regular treat after a vigorous tennis




In 1967, when Wilbur and Grace Russell


Russell said he knew it had to happen, and while the treat didn’t hit the menu right away, it was there within a year. During the nearly 40 years since, the sandwich has been highlighted by Our State magazine and a host of local publications. Russell






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The Marketplace at Olive’s is a business built quite literally...



Story & Photos by Jim Green

Kay Cox of Bath purchases a pie made by Mary Anne Daniels of Farm Life at The Marketplace at Olive’s in Washington.

It’s a busy afternoon at The Marketplace at Olive’s. Lori Bowen visits the shop, looking for sterling crosses to give as Christmas and birthday presents. After spending several minutes in the warm and inviting childhood home of Janice Chesson, Bowen walks out with much more than she intended to buy. “I spend more money than I should because it’s dangerous for me to come in here,” mused Bowen, a frequent customer and friend of Chesson’s who worked with Chesson’s mother, Olive, for many years. “I would come more often, but I get myself in trouble. But in a good way,” she laughed. A few minutes earlier, Kaye Modlin purchased some yarn for which she will use to make hats. And before that, Kay Cox picked up one of the pies made by one of Chesson’s vendors. And Tiffany Spruill, who needed last-minute monogramming done, also visited. The Marketplace at Olive’s, which opened a little more than two years ago a mile from Beaufort Community College on U.S. 264 East in Washington, is slowly but steadily building a loyal clientele. Many of the customers will sit and talk with Chesson before touring the house, where they can peruse a variety of unique, one-of-a-kind items from a plethora of artisan vendors. The business is a labor of love for Chesson, a retired speech pathologist who bought the 2,000-square-foot house — her childhood home — shortly after her mother passed away in 2015. “I grew up in this house in the 1950s,” said Chesson, the daughter of a World War II Navy


I grew up with this. So when she passed away, I made the decision I wanted to do this (support artisans) as a business. It’s a way to carry on my mom’s legacy and has become a big part of my healing. - Janice Chesson

pilot and whose mother, Olive (for which the

everything from cross-stitch, to needlepoint,

Lawrence (knitting alterations), Sarah Cox

business is named) loved to entertain family

to sewing and painting — all from my watching

(painted tables), Donna Walston (stained

and friends.

my mother and grandmother.”

glass), Diane Lee (known as ‘The Crabby

“This was a fun house to grow up in,” she

Chesson’s love of art came from her

Lady,’ pottery), Ceresy Jenkins (quilting and

said. “Mom was a real social person, and this

mother, who made clothes and collected

sewing), Victoria Fox (jewelry) and Sue and

was the social hub. She had true Southern

antiques, among other things.

Joy Singleton of Winston-Salem, vendors


“I have always supported artsy people

who sell items created by children from The

Chesson learned how to play musical

because my mom was very artsy,” she said.

instruments as well as canasta, and when she

“I grew up with this. So when she passed

Others who have become vendors in

was young was urged by her mother to attend

away, I made the decision I wanted to do this

recent months include Mary Anne Daniels

college for music.

(support artisans) as a business. It’s a way to

(baked goods), Linda McKinney (wreaths),

carry on my mom’s legacy and has become a

Charity Murillo (monogrammer), Mindy Carr

big part of my healing.”

(upholstery), Paul Morris and Kevin Newnam

“I started piano when I was in fourth grade,” Chesson said. “I have learned how to do

After several months of trial and error,

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Roberson (peanuts), Lillie Tyer (baskets), Ann

of what they wanted.

Bell (painter) and Faye Modlin (artist).

A marketing friend of Chesson’s told her,

“All of the artisans’ works are for sale, and

“This was always a home, so treat it like a

they set the price,” Chesson said. “I consider

home. Don’t junk it up, invite people in and

this an artisans’ co-op driven by the vendors.”

they will feel comfortable,” she said. “Once

Word has grown through the vendors, repeat customers and a Facebook page.

around and want to spend money. And she has been right on target.”

“There is a deep sense of nostalgia here,” Bowen said. “It’s like stepping back in time

The Marketplace at Olive’s sits on about

to the old days. There is something here for

three acres of property. In addition to the

everybody. In here, you don’t feel any pressure

main house — built in 1953 — it includes two

and somebody isn’t on your shoulder every

other businesses, “The Shed” (which now

second. Janice is promoting other people’s

houses an upholsterer) and an A-frame house

livelihoods, which I think is significant. She’s

now known as Lady Banks Chapel, which is

encouraging creativity and people to live out

named after a rose bush on the property that

their passions. I admire her because she’s

has withstood everything from cold weather

opening up many opportunities for people.”

to hurricanes and tornadoes. It now serves as an outreach.



Chesson and her committee developed a plan

they are comfortable, then they will look

Peggy Jones, one of the vendors and artisan committee members for The Marketplace at Olive’s, works on a quilt.


For Chesson, she doesn’t mind the work at all.

Shortly after opening the business, it

“I have friends ask me why I am doing this,”

didn’t take long before Chesson found several

she said. “I tell them that this has become my

interested local and regional artisans wishing

passion to share the work of others and give

to showcase and sell their work.

them an opportunity to build their business.

Many of them are retired teachers. Several

“The reward for me is watching people like

have been with Chesson since it opened

Peggy and the other artisans do their work

in May 2016: Peggy Jones (quilter), Melva

and sell it. I just love being around all of them.

I must have gotten that from my mother, who

me stories about this house and the property,”

always had a natural gift for communicating

Chesson said.

with people.”

The vendors also enjoy being there.

Oftentimes people will entertain Chesson

Jones, who is a part of Chesson’s committee,

with memories of her parents as they tour the

visits once a week to help with anything the


owner needs. They met years ago when both

“They are always stopping in and telling

were part of the Belhaven Quilters Guild.

“I enjoy talking with people and this gives me an outlet for selling my work,” Jones said. “But I am also one of Janice’s best customers — a lot of these things go home with me. It means a lot to meet people and show and talk about my stuff.” Chesson invites everyone to visit The Marketplace at Olive’s, located at 6118 U.S. 264 East in Washington. It is open from 10 a.m. To 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. To 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Jim Green is Sports Editor for the Martin County Enterprise & Weekly Herald, Bertie Ledger-Advance and The Standard Laconic.

Janice Chesson with some of the unique items that can be found at The Marketplace at Olive’s.

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BY COREY DAVIS ocal companies and more living options

main campus, while construction is underway

“We want to be part of the community,”

are part of the continued growth of the

on 49 luxury loft apartments that are scheduled

Chavez said. “That's the great thing about the

150-acre mixed-use development on

for occupancy later this fall and another 20

5K runs. Some people that live in the area have

apartments that will open in February.

never been to Battle Park. On the run, they go

the Tar River known as the Rocky Mount Mills. The first corporate tenant to sign a sign

Also under development is River & Twine, a

a long-term lease at the Rocky Mount Mills

tiny-home hotel. The 20-unit hotel will feature





through the park. Hopefully, they'll see how nice it is and return for another visit.”


full-size glass door showers, microwaves,

The Mills sponsors Beans and Brews for

Vision is up and running in its more than

refrigerators, coffee makers, heating and air

Rocky Mount Meals on Wheels. The event hosts

23,000-square-foot space on the upper floor


teams cooking chili paired with unique craft

of the main mill building.

Internet and smart TVs in each unit.



beers. Participants also get a chance to chat

Envolve Vision CEO David Lavely said the

“At the Rocky Mount Mills, we think outside

with the brewers to learn more about their craft

space will assist the company in workforce

the box about place-making experiences,” said

beers. The event raises money to help Meals on

recruiting. The company’s modern space

Matt Honeycutt, development manager at the

Wheels feed the city's homebound seniors.

includes original wood floors, high ceilings,

Mills. “Transforming a historic cotton mill into

The Mills also hosts Sunday Supper, an

exposed brick walls, large windows, large glass

a mixed-use destination requires imagination,

annual event where hundreds of residents

conference rooms, Wi-Fi and a contemporary

and the allure of tiny homes fits perfectly with

come out to eat at long communal tables with

break room for employees. The space will

that creative approach.”

the purpose of getting to know each other and

oversee the scenic view overlooking the Tar River.






raise money for United Way.

development manager for Rocky Mount Mills

Ginny Mohrbutter, executive director of the

“Envolve Vision was founded more than

and Capitol Broadcasting Co., said the River

United Way Tar River Region, said the event is

30 years ago in Rocky Mount, and we are

& Twine name comes from the project being

about uniting the community by breaking bread

delighted to be able to relocate and remain

near the Tar River and tobacco twine being a

together and sharing conversations with people

in our hometown,” Lavely said. “This will be a

product made at the Mills. She said Mills officials

from across the area.

world-class environment that will enhance our

considered several options for providing short-

The proceeds from Sunday Supper at the

service to our customers.”

term stay opportunities at the Mills and believe

Mills supports the work of United Way and its

the tiny-home hotel concept provides a unique

community partners in the areas of education,

and fun option for people.

health, income and independence, Mohrbutter

Envolve Vision earlier this year opened Envolve Optical, a stand-alone optical retail store in a 1,320-square-foot remodeled mill

“Given that it’s the largest tiny-home hotel

house located across the street from the Mills

in the state and the interest in different vacation

The breweries often get in on the action as


experiences, we know this will attract people

well. Koi Pond Brewing Co. and On the Square

from a wide area to the community,” Chavez

held a fundraiser for the Friends of the Braswell


Memorial Library earlier this year at the Mills.

Joining Envolve Vision in the Rocky Mount Mills is the area’s longtime daily newspaper,


the Rocky Mount Telegram, which relocated its

Rocky Mount Mills also sponsors several

editorial and business staff earlier this month

fundraising events throughout the year. An

to the second floor of the main mill building.

annual event that's proven popular is a 5K run

“We're happy to be able to give back,” he said.

that takes participants through neighboring

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“It’s in a perfect location for us,” Telegram Publisher Kyle Stephens said, “close to

Battle Park.

Koi Pond Manager Josh Parvin said it's all about community.

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OFF THE BEATEN PATH Story & Photos by Thadd White

The main house of the Davenport Homestead is less than 600 square feet, and was built on cypress blocks which were a cheaper, but lasting alternative to brick.


Taking a drive through scenic and historic Washington County can make any day seem just a bit better.

expensive, and the cypress was a longlasting alternative. Each room of the house displays

In western Washington County, it is

artifacts of daily life. A crude ladder leads

easy to drive by farmlands, homes and

to a loft where children slept on rope beds.

forestland and simply stumble upon one of the county’s unique treasurers.

An open hearth offers a swinging iron crane ready for an iron pot. Bowls made of

There at the corner of Mt. Tabor Road

gourds await hot porridge from the hearth.

is the Davenport Homestead, the near-

A sedge broom stands ready to sweep

perfectly maintained home of the late

the house.

state Sen. Daniel Davenport, along with

Since chickens ran free and ate the

other buildings moved to the site to

grass, a reed broom came in handy for

demonstrate life as it would have been in

keeping the yard neat.

the 1700s.

The week’s wash was boiled in big

“The history behind the house is

black pots, scrubbed on washboards

fascinating, and what gets me the most is

with lye soap and hung on bushes to dry.

people who are alive today know people

(Landscaping, like everything else then,

who still lived in the house without any

had a practical use.)

upgrades,” said Elizabeth Freier of Port

“The most unique thing about visiting

‘O Plymouth Museum. “It has not been

the Davenport Homestead is the feeling

upgraded, only preserved since the late

you step back in time when you are on

1700s and it is one of the only houses in

the property,” Freier said. “It has been

eastern North Carolina from that time

maintained on donations from very

period left today.

generous people since the last occupants

“It is in excellent condition and you

passed away in the 1970s.

can see the outbuildings, including the

“For a small community, it is a pretty big

kitchen, smokehouse and even the still

feat to be able to maintain such a historic

which would have all been used after the

property,” she said.

American Revolution.”

Davenport and his family were the

The main house is less than 600 square

first occupants of the home, and he was

feet, which is not much larger than the

Washington County’s first representative in

family living area in many homes today.

the state Senate beginning in 1799 when

The house was built on cypress blocks because new brick footings were

Washington County was created from Tyrrell County.

This house was built ca. 1778 Daniel (1755-1807) and Sarah Nichols (1756-?) were the first Davenports to occupy this home. They were wed in 1786. And from this union came Elizabeth Warrington, Eunice Arnold, Priscilla Long, Nancy Bateman, and Asenath Davenport. The last Davenports to reside in this house were John Armsstead (1865-1928) and Susan Ann Silfy (18531937) and their daughter Harriet Ann (1890-1975)

The view of the entire Davenport Homestead with the home (left) and several buildings moved to the home place to simulate what life was like in the late 1700s. 19

He was listed as a farmer and owned 1,211 acres of land, part of which came from grants. He owned 996 acres in the Davenport community (now known locally as Mt. Tabor). In addition to growing cotton, wheat, flax and tobacco, he had livestock that included oxen, mules, horses, hogs, chicken, geese, cattle, goats and sheep. Wildlife was also plentiful and animals were hunted and trapped for both food and hides. In addition to serving the people of the newly created Washington County, Davenport actually helped survey the lines that drew the county out of Tyrrell County. His years of service were in 1800 and 18031807. He died in 1808 before taking the oath of office again. While in office, Davenport was instrumental in getting many bills passed concerning Washington County. Most noteworthy was a bill to authorize Ebenezer Pettigrew to erect a drawbridge across the Scuppernong River at the landing of Dempsey Spruill. The bridge replaced the wooden bridge on the road leading to the mill on Lake Phelps. A drawbridge was necessary so that vessels could travel up the river to Cherry Landing laden with goods. Upon his death, the Davenport Homestead was divided among his five daughters, and the family lived on the property for more than 200 years. The home’s final residents were Harriet and Jerd Davenport, who lived in the home without electricity or running water. The homestead now includes a chicken coop, loom house, hog pen, corncrib, salting house and smokehouse. The site is on the National Register of Historic Places. People wishing to take a tour through beautiful Washington County and to the Davenport Homestead can do so by exiting U.S. 64 at Creswell and meandering to Mt. Tabor Road. The outside of the home is open for visitors anytime, but tours of the inside are available by Above: The old smokehouse has simulated meat hanging in the rafters to let visitors know what it would have been like when Sen. Daniel Davenport lived there in the late 1700s. Middle: The sign at the roadway turning pointing out the Davenport Homestead gives a brief bit of history. Bottom: Laundry hangs where the wash would have been kept in an outdoor building.


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Colleen Curley (as Abigail Williams) in The Crucible, performed at The Gallery Theatre in Spring 2018. She was joined by Rick Snyder (as Giles Corey) and Kailey Lassiter (as Mercy Lewis).


Eventful worlds on the Gallery stage

Colleen Curley takes direction from Jordan Martin in Mary Poppins during the Summer Youth Theatre Workshop at The Gallery.


The cast of Bagdad Café – The Musical from the fall production at The Gallery Theatre. The cast included: Off Stage, in Shadows, L to R: DeJuan Lee & Joshua Bryant Front Row - lying down, posing- (from left) Lucye Kunstler and Autumn Olson. Second Row (from left): Rick Snyder, Gilbert Stephen, Marlon Kuenstler, Angel Sease, Lisa Lowry, Maddy Powell, Lauryn Tann, Jean Haddock, Sarah Howard, Brianna Howard, Tony Correa, Tim Flanagan (being held by T. Correa). Third Row (from left) Pete Pellegrin and Jochen Kunstler.

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n his short memoir piece “A Christmas Memory,” Truman Capote writes about how he and his friend collected letters, postcards and sundry communications that showed to them “eventful worlds beyond the kitchen with its view of a sky that stops.” Throughout northeastern North Carolina, there are many views of skies which seem to stop, but throughout these small towns, there are also many ways to reach eventful worlds. These small towns are filled with traditions and history while serving their modern populations. There are certainly times that life in the rural South can feel confined and limiting, but there are ways to escape, with many ways to move beyond (Middle photo) The spring 2018 production of The Crucible featured (from left): Cyvanah Byrd-Eley (as Tituba), Erin Messer (as Goody Putnam), Rusty Boyd (as Thomas Putnam), and Colleen Curley (as Abigail Williams). (Bottom) Emily Jernigan (left) and Taylor Ward on the set of Lord, I’m Coming Home before the turn of the century at The Gallery Theatre in Ahoskie.


these local limitations sitting right here in the region itself. One of the most successful and longstanding options to find eventful worlds is the Gallery Theatre in Ahoskie. Sitting in the heart of downtown Ahoskie, the Gallery Theatre Inc. is a portal to times both past and future and a gateway to new locations and adventures. In the past year, it took its cast, crew and faithful attendees to Africa (“The Lion King Experience”), early 20th century Germany (“The Underpants”), Colonial Salem, Massachusetts (“The Crucible”) and to a modern high school gymnasium (“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”). The journeys continue this year, in the Gallery’s 53rd season. After a summer jaunt to Edwardian England (“Mary Poppins”), this season already has taken a trip to a small desert town in California (“Bagdad Cafe— The Musical”) and is preparing in November to journey to a hunting lodge in rural Georgia (“The Foreigner”). The road will travel far beyond Hertford County’s border in 2019, with a February production that spans from the Oklahoma Dust Bowl to the hopeful bounty of California (“The Grapes of Wrath”) and a May musical venture through an enchanted land of the imagination (“Into the Woods”). With each production, the Gallery helps connect the folks in Ahoskie and surrounding towns with eventful worlds. The Gallery has served the RoanokeChowan region as a center for the living arts for over half a century, fulfilling its mission to promote and advance cultural interest in living theatre, art, music and crafts. It provides the area with quality performing arts and offers chances for both its performers and its audience to encounter new worlds that are brought to life through the dedication of its cast and production teams. That legacy of entertainment and joy actually predates the Gallery itself. The building began life as the Richard Theatre in 1922, serving as a vaudeville hall and entertainment mecca for performers travelling through the South. After vaudeville’s popularity faded, the Richard transformed into a movie theater, offering


local residents the chance to see films on the silver screen along with short subjects, cartoons and chapters of the latest serial adventures. After the Richard closed, the Women’s Division of the Ahoskie Chamber of Commerce transformed the building again, this time rechristening it The Gallery Theatre and making it the center of live theatre for the region. Initially, members of the Gallery bought $25 “stocks,” and those stockholders then took on the challenge of renovating the space into a vibrant center for the arts. The Gallery has continued and been supported through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council and the

In the summer, Jordan Martin, who started in the worskhop as a child actor, returned and directed the show. Several other children in recent years have made the leap from appearing in the summer to taking part in “main season” shows. These children have taken their talents to the stage in such multi-generational shows as “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “The Crucible,” “Putnam County” and “Bagdad Cafe.” “Bagdad Cafe” was a first for the Gallery, Ahoskie and American stages in general, for it marked the United States premiere of this musical, which was based on the cult independent film. Just as the Richard used to bring performing acts to Ahoskie that would otherwise not have been seen, the Gallery Theatre offered “Bagdad Cafe” as a gift to the area, bringing area audiences a show that they otherwise would not see. In fact, this story of friendship and

Sitting in the heart of downtown Ahoskie, the Gallery Theatre Inc. is a portal to times both past and future and a gateway to new locations and adventures.

women’s empowerment is a live theatre experience now seen only in parts of Europe and on a stage in the heart of rural northeastern North Carolina. The Gallery Theatre continues to offer those gifts to the region. Its next show, “The Foreigner,” is a community theatre staple set in the Deep South, while the winter production, “The Grapes of Wrath,” will feature some familiar Okie and literary figures. These familiar character types will still help the audience learn lessons and about themselves before the spring musical, Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods,” causes all to reconsider the fairy tales that all know so well.

annual “Friends of the Gallery” fund drive. Today, the Gallery Theatre is run by Executive Director Ralph Hewitt and its Board of Directors. They look to continue its legacy of producing high quality theatrical performances for the area. Each summer, they offer the Summer Youth Theatre Workshop, a five-decade tradition to introduce youth ages 7-17 to the basics of acting and production. The children take part in all aspects of the production over the summer, and the goal is to inspire them to get excited about theatre and continue acting in future productions.

When the lights go up on the Gallery stage, everyone in that historic building — actors, directors, stagehands and audience members — are transported to exciting, adventurous and dramatic places. The sky does not stop in Ahoskie, thanks to the Gallery taking its friends to new and eventful worlds. For more information about the Gallery and its upcoming productions, call 252-3322976 or visit www.gallerytheatreahoskie. com. Hugh H. Davis is a teacher and librarian at C.S. Brown High School.


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oasting the largest military mural in North Carolina and a collection of memorabilia second to none, the Edgecombe County Veterans Military Museum remains a hidden gem. The museum receives excellent support from area veterans — but outside those circles, few folks realize the bevy of historical artifacts waiting to be discovered in downtown Tarboro. “We currently have more than 30,000 military artifacts as part of the museum,” said Donny Hale, chairman of the museum’s board of trustees. “No one really realizes what a treasure this museum is.” Those artifacts range from diaries to eating utensils to service ribbons to medals awarded to military personnel. Samurai swords carried by Japanese soldiers, Nazi helmets and firearms from Communist China also can be viewed at the museum. Exhibits include hundreds of weapons 30

and pieces of equipment, such as bayonets, bullets and battle flags, donated by Edgecombe County residents from the Civil War, World War I and II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War as well as recent gear used today. Also on display is a World War II Jeep restored by students at Edgecombe Community College and a fully-restored Harley Davidson motorcycle that saw action in Europe during World War II. “There’s nothing like this around,” said Chris Larsen, vice chairman of the board of directors. “If we forget our history, where are we?” From the Revolutionary War up to recent engagements in the Middle East, it’s all on display at the museum.

“Sometimes grandchildren clean out the attic and find incredible memorabilia,” Larsen said. “Instead of tossing it out, they donated it.” The museum began in the mind of Joel Bourne, a retired Tarboro attorney and World War II veteran. The former Marine wanted to create a veterans museum to honor and pay tribute to the veterans of Edgecombe County, living or deceased.



















Sandy Seibert looks at the names of Veterans on bricks Saturday at the Brick Laying Ceremony at Edgecombe County Veteran's Brick Yard at The Colonial Theater. Photo by Sarah Louya. 31

The museum opened its doors July 2004 and grew over the next two and a half years, expanding while accumulating memorabilia and artifacts. In April 2007, the museum moved into a building at 106 W. Church St. but is currently housed at 509 Trade St. while renovations are being made to the Church Street location, which is expected to re-open in January, Included in the collection are more than 1,000 photographs of veterans from Edgecombe County who have served their country going back to the Civil War. The museum also has 400 uniforms from all branches of the armed forces and other militaries including an Iraqi officer’s jacket. Dozens of the uniforms are on display at any giving time on a rotating basis. Special sections highlight the careers of well-known Edgecombe County veterans including Adolphus Staton and Hugh Shelton. Staton was a 1914 Medal of Honor recipient for heroism at the Battle of Veracruz aboard the USS South Carolina and the Navy Cross for actions after his ship was torpedoed in 1918. Shelton, honorary museum board chairman for life, is a retired general who served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1997 to 2001. The museum has a research library filled with books on America’s military history, including a collection 32

of maps, source material documents, magazines and music. Several hundred movies and documentaries are available for viewing. “We have over 2,000 volumes of military strategy and intelligence,” said Martin Fleming, a member of the museum’s board of trustees. Across the parking lot from the museum building, an extensive mural on the side of the Colonial Theater depicts America’s wars from the Revolution through today’s conflicts in the Middle East. At the base of the mural, the museum installed more than 300 bricks with the names of veterans. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Admission is free; donations are accepted. Curator Kelsi Dew and volunteers are on hand to answer questions and show visitors around the museum. Group tours, especially for schools, are available outside of normal visiting hours by appointment. Individuals and businesses can support the museum by becoming members. Memberships range from $25 to $1,000 annually. Families of veterans can honor their loved ones by purchasing a memorial brick for $100 and by arranging to have their veteran recognized at flag raising ceremonies at 11 a.m. on the first Monday of each month at the Veterans Memorial on the Tarboro Town Common. Anyone with items to donate should contact Hale at 252-823-7508. Lindell John Kay is a Staff Writer for the Rocky Mount Telegram.

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The Asa Biggs House received an extensive exterior paint job late this summer courtesy of the Francis Barnes Charitable Trust, Martin County Tourism Development Authority, the town of Williamston and private contributors.

A Christmas must-see in North Carolina’s Albemarle Region Story by Fred W. Harrison Jr. • Photos by Deborah Griffin



ooking for the best in area

expanded and modified what initially

historic attractions this holiday

started as a two-story, four-room hall


and parlor style home into a refined

Williamston’s Historic Asa Biggs House will

and commodious residence. It is said

celebrate the opening of the 2018 Christmas

he added a room or some significant

season with its customary annual open house

improvement with the birth of each

from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday Dec. 8. The event is

of his 10 children.

free and handicapped access is available.

The unusually large windows

The 1830s landmark received an extensive

and their associated iron balconies

exterior paint job late this summer courtesy

flanking the front entrance reflect

of the Francis Barnes Charitable Trust, Martin

his architectural interest with homes

County Tourism Development Authority, the

and buildings he admired while on

town of Williamston and private contributors.

tour of the New Orleans region early in

Asa Biggs was born into a Martin County

his career.

family originating from Norfolk, Va. He gained

At the upper northeast section of the

notoriety in statewide and later national

house near a chimney is visible evidence of

politics in the mid-19th century before

the house having been impacted by Union

becoming a U.S. and later Confederate States

gunboats, which fired upon Williamston


during the Civil War.

For a period of nearly 30 years, he

Contributed photo

At one point a cannon ball was exposed in

Heber Coltrain, Stuart Spruill and Simon Perry provided music for a celebration of what would have been Asa Biggs’ birthday earlier this year at the Asa Biggs House.


property — but thanks to a group of concerned citizens, a concerted effort to redeem the Asa Biggs House as a community resource is making much progress. The house is now home to the Francis M. Manning History and Research Room, previously located at Martin Community College, and with the dedicated assistance of the local Grimes Mayo Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is open to the public for tours and research Monday through Wednesday of each week. Hours occasionally change, but those wishing to visit can make an appointment via contact information on the Martin County Historical Society website at http://martincountynchistory.com/ Default.aspx . The house contains several artifacts related to Asa Biggs, including an extensive china and glassware collection, an impressive Gothic style wardrobe, washstand and numerous family portraits and photos. Other artifacts are specific to Williamston and Martin County, lathing with removal of plaster from a second story bedroom. It has

including locally made walnut furnishings from the Williamston

since been covered over, but a documentary photo is kept in the

shop of Stacy Cox and Sons, an 1850s era square grand piano,

room as a reminder.

Primitive Baptist materials and a prize attraction, a pristine Civil

With the coming of Union forces from Hatteras up the Roanoke

War era quilt made by a local plantation mistress in the Spring

River early in the war, Biggs was forced to flee his home in February

Green community, 10 miles north of Williamston. Her husband, a

1862 to avoid being captured. He fled to Tarboro and later Warren

Mr. Purvis, served and died in the Civil War.

County but returned for brief visits occasionally, hiding his horse in an enclosed porch to escape attention. Today, the hook on which he tied that horse remains attached to a window frame as it was in the 1860s, a reminder of the perilous times endured by so many who lived during the period.

the Biggs House, note the delicate design of the hand painted quilt block at the southwest corner of the house. Also in 2016, daughters of Mrs. D.G. (Josephine) Manning

Asa Biggs found the radical political environment that ensued

honored their mother’s 90th birthday with a complete renovation

after the war in North Carolina to be more than he could tolerate.

of the two central hallways in the Biggs House. Furnishings, fixtures

Likewise, his business prospects in Williamston were dismal at the

and floor coverings were carefully selected to emulate the 1840s

time as the town had suffered near collapse with pillaging and

time period.

attacks inflicted during the conflict.

Mrs. Manning served previously as a docent for the house,

For a couple of years, he practiced law in Tarboro before finally

longtime supporter of the Martin County Historical Society and

moving to Norfolk, Va. — joining his brother Kader in a commission

highly active member of the Williamston Womans Club. The

business. He died and was buried there in 1878.

gesture of the Manning daughters reflects the continued concern

A daughter, Martha Cotton Biggs Crawford, and her family later purchased the home from heirs, selling it to the Fowden family, who in turn sold it to the Martin County Historical Society in 1978. The house has since been designated on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1991, the Martin County Historical Society leased the structure to Martin County Tourism Authority. When the authority moved out of the house around 2010, it appeared the historical society might be forced to dispose of the


The quilt was inspiration for the Martin County Historical Society joining the Tar and Roanoke River Quilt Trail in 2016. When visiting

and optimism expressed by local residents in the value of the Biggs House as a local institution. The Historical Society extends a cordial invitation to visit the Biggs House on Dec. 8 and enjoy a sumptuous display of Christmas finery, old-time refreshments and musical entertainment. Fred Harrison serves on the executive board of the Martin County Historical Society as recording secretary and editor of the Society’s Quarterly Newsletter.

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hat do frogs, electric guitars and

Craftsmen Bungalows and a 1920s warehouse

baseball bats have in common?

converted into living space. This year the tour

Tickets will also be sold the day of the event

will focus on homes built during the 18th and

in downtown Enfield at The Collective Center

19th centuries.

at 131 Whitfield Street. Tickets cost $30, which

The White Ash Tree — also known as

Fraxinus americana. This strong, tall tree,

Street in Enfield.

which can grow up to 100 feet high and 75

“To find historic structures in Enfield

feet wide, provides wood for Louisville Slugger

built during the 1700s is rare,” Enfield Mayor

baseball bats (Babe Ruth, Roger Maris and

Wayne Anderson said. “If you like it old, this

But make plans to enjoy the weekend. On

Hank Aaron used these Ash bats for multiple

year’s Colonial tour has five homes with 1700

Friday night, the Enfield Civic Club is serving

home runs) and electric guitars.

origins, plus the oldest certified White Ash

hot chocolate and cider downtown before

tree in the state sits right here in Enfield at

Santa Claus arrives at 5 p.m. The tree lighting

900 years old.

will follow the dramatic Christmas reading

And as far as the frogs are concerned, the White Ash leaves, which are tannin-free, are also a critical food source for frogs.

includes a reception after the church service at 5:30 p.m.

“Living in an old home myself, I have to

and end the free Friday night event at 6:30

Next question: What does the Fraxinus

say you don’t really own it. Instead, you’re its

p.m. on Nov. 30. Bring the kiddies — and wear

americana have to do with Enfield’s sixth

caretaker. You just hope someone will come

the most outrageous Christmas sweater.

annual Christmas Homes Tour on Dec. 1? Extra

along after you and do the same. This year’s

On Saturday, Dec. 1, the artisan fair starts

points for those who guessed this correctly.

tour is special. I would like to thank all the

at 9 a.m. and will end at noon. The fair will

The oldest and tallest White Ash tree in

owners of these historic homes for letting

feature the work of local craftspeople, cake-

North Carolina sits on the property of Gray

tour participants experience the effort and

makers, beekeepers, potters, wreath-makers

Hall, one of the homes featured on the sixth

craftsmanship of past builders and the

and will be held at The Collective Center at 131

annual Christmas Homes Tour in Enfield.

architecture of earlier days.”

Whitfield St.

Actually, the 900-year-old tree has seen better days, but it still stands.

This year, the recently restored Branch

There will also be a Dr. William Mann Book

Grove, Gray Hall, Shell Castle, Glen Burnie,

Sale at the Lodge throughout the day.Very old

The Downtown Enfield Restoration &

Conoconnara Hall and Bellamy Manor &

books were rescued from a Dr. William Mann

Preservation (DERP) is holding its tour from

Gardens will be featured. Tickets for the 2018

home on Franklin Street, many of them first

noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1. The tour

tour may be purchased on DERP’s website


is designed to showcase the unique array of

at www.derpserves.org (use the Fresh Tix

The Scoopy Dippy Doo old-fashioned ice

architecture in this historic town, which was


cream truck will begin serving at 9 a.m. at the

founded in 1740.

christmas-homes-tour ) — or pick up advance

Town Square. Christmas crafts for the kids will

tickets at Aunt Ruby’s Peanuts on Franklin

start at 9 a.m.

The 2017 Christmas Homes Tour featured


To add to the festive spirit, Christmas carols will be sung and there will be a Tree Festival (vote for the best tree decorated by local businesses) at The Collective Center. A $10 50/50 raffle will be held with proceeds being split between the winner and DERP. After the sixth annual Christmas Homes Tour, all are invited to the Historic Episcopal Church of the Advent’s Evening Prayer Service at 5:30 p.m. Saturday located on Batchelor Street. Hor’d’oeuvres will be served after the service and all are invited to this event as well. Enfield was founded in 1740, making it the oldest town in Halifax County. Once called Huckleberry Swamp, the town played an important role in American Independence. The Enfield Riots encouraged Willie Jones

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redevelopment, promote Enfield’s natural eco-agricultural tourism opportunities and to develop and publish resources and economic incentives to attract and retain business in Downtown Enfield. DERP supports Enfield, “American Made Since 1740.” For more information about the sixth annual Christmas Homes Tour or the day’s events,





Anderson at 252-908-0728, Sarah Adkins at 252-908-0535 or Suzann Anderson at 252445-2234 or Julia Andrus at 252-908-1227. Gray Hall - Photo by Susanna Martin and other leaders of North Carolina to push for independence from England through the Halifax Resolves of April 12, 1776, which was the first formal document in the United States to officially advocate breaking away from England. Celebrating Colonial history is Enfield’s way of recognizing the town’s deep roots to liberty and independence. The




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Workers have begun constructing the walkway connecting the four tree houses at the Cashie Treehouse Village.


building two additional

tree houses


VILLAGE Story by Leslie Beachboard Photos by Jim Green


Be a kid again... Sleep in a

TREE The Cashie River Treehouse Village has been off and running since the first guests


arrived in April 2017, perhaps faster than

25 percent.

those involved in the tree houses’ upbringing would be anticipated. Currently, there are two tree houses

The original two tree houses were



located along the banks of the Cashie River


near the Cashie River Campground.

Resources in combination with

The combination of a growing demand




the state Parks and Recreation

and excitement of tapping into a new market

Trust Fund, the state Division of

exclusive in eastern North Carolina has

Coastal Management and the town of



the town of Windsor to begin

construction of two additional tree houses.

In spring 2017, Windsor Tourism Director

The two new tree houses, which are in the

Billy Smithwick estimated the amount of

construction stages, are located just a couple

$5,000 as the Cashie River Tree Houses’

hundred feet down the same walkway from

revenue goal for the year. The tree houses

the current two tree houses.

ended up earning nearly $6,000 in revenue

The two new houses will have the same dimensions — a 256-square-foot open floor plan with a square loft. The new tree houses will have several different features compared to the first two tree houses.

for 2017. Earlier this year, with a better grasp of the new found tree house market, Smithwick predicted Windsor would earn approximately $9,000-$10,000 in revenue. As of today, the Cashie River Tree houses

The new features will include a shed-

has earned close to $7,000 this year alone.

type roof, a taller front of the tree house and

At the current rate, the revenue for the tree

plexiglass windows in the top, where guests

houses at the end of 2018 will likely surpass

have safe and easy access to a picturesque

the goal configured at the beginning of the

view of the Cashie River and its tranquil



The construction of the second phase of the Cashie Treehouse Village is well underway, with hopes of having the third and fourth tree houses open soon.

When asked if the output of the

A majority of the funding for the two new

Cashie River Tree Houses has exceeded

tree houses will come from the state Division

expectations, Smithwick replied, “It exceeded

of Water Resources, which will contribute

my expectations by about 15 percent.”

approximately 75 percent of the funding

Thus, exceeding the expectations of the

with the town of Windsor contributing the

town’s most robust advocate for the Cashie


River Tree Houses means going out on a

River Tree Houses all around eastern North

limb was well worth the investment and


complies. “Both tree houses are being built at the

could prove to be one of the most successful

“We’ve appeared on UNC-TV about six

same time, instead of finishing one and then

tourism destinations rural North Carolina has

times with our program, which has been a

completing the second. The construction

to offer.

real help. Also, Eastern Living advertisements

team is bringing both up at the same time,”

serve us well because it covers 12 counties in

Smithwick said.

In terms of the town of Windsor obtaining its portion of the funding for the construction

eastern North Carolina,” Smithwick said.

Additionally, with the opening of the two

of the Cashie River Tree Houses back,

Smithwick also said the town of Windsor

new tree houses will come the availability

Smithwick said the town is within $3,000-

will soon be promoting the Cashie River Tree

of three bicycles for guests to use during

$4,000 from breaking even on construction

Houses to areas near Virginia and South

their stay in order to give them easier access

costs of the first two tree houses.

Carolina, with a focus on areas between

to Windsor businesses and the downtown

Greensboro and Windsor and between


In addition, considering the current rate of reservations, Smithwick expects to break even within the next three years on the construction for the two new tree houses. Businesses in downtown Windsor also are reaping the benefits of the tree houses, with

Richmond and Windsor.

There has also been consideration given

He added that people from 15 states and

to creating a nature walkway from the tree

Canada have stayed in the Cashie River Tree

houses to downtown Windsor in an effort

Houses, but most guests come from the

to further the positive economic impact of

Triangle followed by people from the Triad.

Cashie River Tree House guests on the town

a little over 80 percent of the meals eaten by

“The tree houses are booked on the

people renting the tree houses deriving from

weekends through mid-December, the week

For more information on the Windsor Tree

the town of Windsor.

of Windsor.

of Christmas and even have several bookings

Houses, contact Smithwick at 252-724-0994.

About 70 percent of those meals were

already for next year. Most of the renters are

Tristan Newell, a former intern with the

from the town’s eateries while the other 10

people seeking adventure and families with

Windsor/Bertie Chamber of Commerce,

percent of meals were purchased from Food

children,” Smithwick said.

contributed to the article.


People can expect the two new tree houses

Leslie Beachboard is a Staff Writer for the

The town of Windsor has done an

to be completed and ready for reservations

Bertie Ledger-Advance and the Martin County

extraordinary job of marketing the Cashie

in two to three more weeks, if the weather

Enterprise & Weekly Herald.

The Cashie Treehouse Village has been such a success with the two current tree houses rented regularly, the town of Windsor decided to add two more. Construction is under way to get them built.


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Great Gifts Any Time! On the Road to Jericho For his last journey before His crucifixion, Jesus traveled from Galilee to Jerusalem through Jericho. From Jericho, Jesus will journey by foot up the steep incline and rough terrain to Jerusalem. He will enter the city amid palm branches and cheers, be arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane, stand trials, and suffer crucifixion at Golgotha. Knowing that the end of His time on earth is drawing near, Jesus’ teachings along his route are especially poignant and filled with meaning. He wanted His followers to be ready for the tests and trials to come. They would need understanding to carry on the work and proclaim the gospel message across the world. We do too, so let’s travel along on the road to Jericho and study Jesus’ teachings.



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The town of Columbia, the Partnership for the Sounds and the Columbia Theater Cultural resources Center jointly celebrated their birthdays recently. The town turned 225, while the Partnership for the Sounds is 25 and the center reached 20 years old.

Happy Birthday, Columbia!


Story by Miles Layton trio of birthday celebrations took

a member of the county's Board of Education,

place Oct. 12 at the Columbia

12 years as a county commissioner and he runs

Theater Cultural Resources Center. Celebrating the birthdays are David Clegg, Chairman of the PfS Board of Directors, Jackie Woolard, PfS Executive Director, and JD Brickhouse, Former PfS Board Chair and Founding Member. The celebration was held October 13, 2018 at the ColumbiaTheater in downtown Columbia.

County Manager and Attorney David Clegg

while it was also the 25th anniversary of the

described Cooper as a “revered” member of

Partnership for the Sounds and the 20th

the community.

anniversary of the Columbia Theater Cultural Resources Center.

“He has been the employer and mentor to hundreds of Tyrrell County residents and has

Also, Durwood Cooper was named the

been a successful businessman and public

Distinguished Citizen of Tyrrell County for

servant while reflecting sincere concern for


those around him,” he said.

A native son, Cooper has served 12 years as


a large and innovative farmer in Gum Neck.

The town celebrated its 225th anniversary,

Columbia was established on the banks of


Durwood Cooper, who was named Distinguished Citizen of Tyrrell County, inspects the birthday cake selection.

So Much More!

Antique Mall, Art & Craft Gallery, Designer Outlet, & Furniture

Attention Farmers Spacious Antique Mall - Over 50 Dealers the Scuppernong River in 1793

once home to the most elite

and became the Tyrrell County

movie palace in the region.

seat in 1799.

The original Columbia Theater,

Tyrrell County was named for

built by German immigrant Fred

Sir John Tyrrell, one of the Lords

Schlez in 1938, was a movie

Proprietors of the Carolina colony.

palace that attracted patrons

Its original boundaries originally

from all over the coastal region.




Roanoke Island to near present-

But as development spread in neighboring areas, the theater

Furniture, Rugs & Accessories

Parker Fittings:

day Tarboro. In 1870, the territory

was divided, resulting in what

was closed in the late 1960s, and

the building remained vacant for 2 wire, 4 wire & 6 wire hose assembly nearly 30 years. Washington and Dare counties. 1/4” up to 1 In1/4” 1995,hose the Partnership for People can't help but marvel The Sounds, an organization BoltsTheater - 1/4” to 1” & metric sizes at the Columbia Cultural dedicated to education about the Resources Center, which an - Grade 8 5 tois 16 unique Inner Banks ecosystems are now known as Tyrrell, Martin,




history museum focusing on

that are a hallmark of Columbia,

an interest in the property Opentook Monday-Friday and began extensive renovations 8AM-5PM everyday life in Tyrrell County. fishing, farming, forestry and

Renovated and managed by





the Partnership for the Sounds,

with the grand opening of the

the center is the first stop for


Authorized Dealer



1294 Greenville Williamston Resources Center in 1998. education groups visiting the area. Avenue,

Miles Layton is Editor of the 252-789-1150 Chowan Herald in Edenton.

The center is housed in a brick

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building downtown, which was


An Early German

Christmas Story by Janice Hopkins

Most of the early immigrants coming to North

For example, the Brethren, the Mennonites,

Scotland, Ireland and Wales. However, Germans

and the Amish didn't celebrate at all. Lutheran,

made up the next sizable group.

Reformed, and Moravians looked forward to the

Although the German immigrants spread across

holiday and loved to decorate and celebrate.

the state and certainly came into the coastal area,

The Christmas tree was one of these traditions.

the largest number settled in the western part of

Early German colonists likely brought the idea

the state because they came in a later wave, taking

of having a Christmas tree with them but no one

the Great Wagon Road from Pennsylvania and

knows exactly when this happened.

traveling south.

Some scholars think that the first one may have

By 1700, thousands of Germans, mostly from

been later with the German Hessian soldiers at

the Rhine provinces, poured into the colonies,

Trenton in 1776. Some of these mercenary Hessian

especially to the Pennsylvania area. Finding the

soldiers stayed after the war. John Reed, the man

best land there already taken or expensive to

whose son found the first gold in North Carolina

buy, they followed rumors of land to be had in

on his farm in Cabarrus County in 1799, had been

western Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina,

a Hessian soldier during the Revolutionary War

and Georgia. Daniel Boone and his family came to

and decided to stay in the new country. Others

North Carolina from Pennsylvania this way.

collected their money and returned to Germany

These Germans brought several traditions of celebrating Christmas with them from their homeland, and the colonists adopted many of

after the war. The Christmas tree certainly stayed and became part of American culture. Moravians





them, although they sometimes changed them

Carolina, Georgia and Pennsylvania. They believed

to suit their families better, or else the traditions

in a strict interpretation of the Scripture and

evolved over time.

considered food and music a good way to worship.

Of course, Christmas celebrations varied among


the Germans, depending on the group studied.

Carolina came from the British Isles – England,

For Christmas, they held a love feast with Bible

Some of North Carolina’s tradition trace back to Europe readings, singing, lighting candles and food. The

The colonists and then Americans also liked

congregation gathered together and shared a

the Moravian putz. Although most families didn’t

holiday meal.

display it in stages the way the Moravians did, they

Lebkuchen, a cookie made with honey, orange

still began to put out a nativity scene to decorate

peels and almonds was a traditional Christmas

for Christmas. It became an accepted Christmas

favorite. The Moravians also brought the putz, an

tradition, as well.

elaborate nativity scene placed under the Christmas tree or somewhere in the home. The putz was really a series of scenes depicting different parts of the events leading up to and after the Christ Child's birth. Old Salem in Winston-Salem is a good place to learn of some of these traditions. The Germans also helped make candles a symbol of Christmas. The Moravians included the lighting of candles as part of their celebrations. In addition, candles eventually became part of lighting Christmas trees. Other ethnic groups either brought their own

Of all the mother countries represented in the forming of America, a case could be made the Germans influenced our Christmas traditions more than any other country. Just look at some of the main ones – the Christmas tree, Santa Claus, Christmas candles, and nativity scenes. The baking special goodies and fellowship are another. There are plenty of Lebkuchen recipes online for the German Christmas for those who would like to try them, or there may be one at the local library.

traditions of using candles at Christmas or they

If you do anything special for Christmas,

adopted the custom from their German neighbors.

however, most likely some of it can be traced back

Many churches in the region today hold candle-

to a traditional German Christmas.

lighting ceremonies as part of their special

Janice Cole Hopkins is a professional writer with

Christmas services, so this is definitely one tradition

numerous published books and a regular contributor

that has evolved.

to Eastern Living Magazine.





Story by Jessie H. Nunnery • Photos by Alan Campbell recently

residents like the Turrentines, who are natives

includes its Juneteenth festival, Downtown

moved from Rocky Mount to Tarboro with



of Maryland and remained in the area after

Live, Lawn Chair Theatre, Summer Night

her husband, Preston, and three children.

graduating from N.C. Wesleyan College.

Lights events and more.

The Turrentines always are looking for

“It was well worth it,” Turrentine said. “You

Downtown Live! takes place every other

activities to keep three girls ages 3-9 active

want your kids to have safe and affordable

Thursday evening beginning and May and

and engaged.

fun. It was local, and we didn’t have to go to

ending in September. It’s a free event and

Raleigh or anywhere to get it. It was a nice

gives the chance for adults to gather on

change of scenery.”

the lawn of the Imperial Centre for the Arts

It only took a few steps for them to achieve that goal on a June weekend when the family walked down the street from their

Events such as Happening on the

& Sciences and listen to a variety of live

home and enjoyed the 2018 Happening on

Common, which featured rides for children,

musicians who play everything from beach

the Common event in downtown Tarboro.

music and vendors, are not limited to yearly

music to R&B and oldies.

Happening on the Common is one of

spots on the calendar.

Yearly events in Rocky Mount include

just many family-oriented festivals and

The city of Rocky Mount offers its

its Juneteenth Festival, which in recent

events that Nash and Edgecombe counties

residents some weekly series during the

years has featured nationally acclaimed

have to offer, and it is a welcome feeling for

Discover Downtown event series, which

recording acts, and the Eastern Carolina BBQ


(Left) Justin Poland, 3, receives assistance from his father Stuart Poland while decorating a pumpkin at the 47th annual National Pumpkin Festival in Spring Hope. (Above) Mike Hill, left, talks with Ed Whitehead while preparing pulled pork barbecue for the People’s Choice competition Saturday during the annual Eastern Carolina BBQ Throw Down in downtown Rocky Mount. Hill and Whitehead are part of the 4 Men and a Pig team from Hillsborough. (Right) Lara Sigers, 12, laughs while riding a mechanical bull on Friday at the 22nd annual Nashville Blooming Festival.

Throwdown each October, which welcomes

southern Nash County town for an annual

music acts and more. The popular festival

residents from across the state to take part

celebration of all thing pumpkin, which was

is in its 22nd year, and those who decide to

in a professional cooking competition that

extended back to its usual two-day event this

spend the day at the Nash County seat have a

includes chicken, pork ribs, pork and beef &

year after being condensed into a Saturday-

wide variety of options to choose from.

brisket as well as a car show, live music and

only affair in 2017.

other activities.

Founded in 1971 by community leader

“These are opportunities to provide

Ralph Bass and farmer Elmo Tant, the event

family-friendly events to citizens of Rocky

was envisioned as a way to promote local

Mount and visitors to our area while

business and celebrate the harvest. It features

showcasing downtown Rocky Mount,” said

a parade, food booths, arts and crafs vendors

Tameka Kenan-Norman, the city’s chief

and live music

communications and marketing officer.


For the adventurous types, carnival rides and games beckon. Just up the street, a city block of shops, stands and food trucks can be found. Face painting, fresh-squeezed lemonade, unique trinkets and T-shirts are all within steps of each other. Live music is





The Spring Hope National Pumpkin

Blooming Festival in May that features a

Festival attracts huge crowds to the small

weekend of amusement rides, vendors, live

performed on stage throughout the festival. Jessie H. Nunnery is a Media Relations Specialist for the city of Rocky Mount.



OUT ABOUT! Out & About is a listing of events happening in

and around the 12 counties which make up the coverage region for North Carolina’s Eastern Living Magazine. Those wishing to have an event listed

should sent it to: Eastern Living, Attn: Out & About,

P.O. Box 69, Windsor, NC 27983. Email events to Leslie Beachboard at lbeachboard@ncweeklies.com.

November 15 Annual Christmas Market Opening Reception The Martin County Arts Council will host an opening reception for their annual Christmas Market from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Martin County Arts Council, 124 Washington St. in Williamston. The annual Christmas Market will remain open during regular gallery hours through December. November 16-17 “Come Alive With Christmas” The Town of Belhaven will host “Come Alive With Christmas” on the evenings of Friday, Nov. 16, and Saturday, Nov. 17. There will be shopping dining, singing and a live nativity. Christmas Craft Show The Fifth Annual Christmas Craft Show 56

will be held from 5-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Wilkinson Center. For more information, call 252-943-1384 or email richdaph@gotricounty.com. November 17 A Night of Comedy A Night of Comedy featuring Mark Matusof will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Lakeland Cultural Arts Center, 411 Mosby Ave. in Littleton. For tickets, call the box office at 252-586-3124, ext. 3 or order online at https://www.etix.com/ ticket/v/4382/lakeland-theatre. November 17-18 Horse Show The Sen. Bob Martin Eastern Agriculture Center in Williamston will host the EHA & NCHJA “C” Horse Show. For more information, visit www.NCEHA. com or call Emily Bates at 252-3784474.

November 23-25 NBHA Coastal Run Horse Show The Sen. Bob Martin Eastern Agricultural Center in Williamston is hosting the NBHA Coastal Run Super Show. Admission is free to spectators. For more information, visit www.NBHA. com or call Van Manley at 410-6932767. November 30 - December 9 It’s A Wonderful Life “It’s A Wonderful Life” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, Saturday, Dec. 1, Friday, Dec. 7, Saturday, Dec. 8, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Lakeland Cultural Arts Center, 411 Mosby Ave. in Littleton. For tickets, call the box office at 252-586-3124, ext. 3 or order online at https://www.etix. com/ticket/v/4382/lakeland-theatre.

The Hope Plantation Christmas Open House will be held from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 in Windsor.

December 1 Breakfast With Santa Breakfast with Santa will be hosted at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Sylvan Heights Bird Park, 500 Sylvan Heights Park Way in Scotland Neck. Pre-registration is required. For more information, visit www.shwpark.com, email info@shwpark.com or call 252862-3186.

Annual Children’s Holiday Shop The Turnage Theatre will host its 3rd annual Children’s Holiday Shop at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. For more information, call 252-946-2504. Community Messiah The Turnage Theatre will present “Community Messiah” at noon Saturday, Dec. 1. For more information, call 252-946-2504.

Holiday Tour of Homes The Turnage Theatre will host a holiday tour of homes at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. For more information, call 252946-2504.

Washington Christmas Parade The town of Washington will host its Christmas parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. For more information, call 252974-2114 or 252-945-7253.

Christmas Open House & Candlelight tours The town of Bath will host Christmas Open House and Candlelight tours from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. For more information, call 252-9233971.

December 1-2 The Christmas Story The drama “The Christmas Story” will be performed at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and Sunday, Dec. 2, at Macedonia Christian Church’s Family Life Center, 7640 U.S. 17 S. in Williamston. For more information, call 252-792-350.

December 2 Hope Plantation Christmas Open House Historic Hope Plantation will host Christmas Open House from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. The Hope Mansion and King-Bazemore House will be decorated with time period decorations. There will be live music, refreshments and carriage rides. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. Hope House is located at 132 Hope House Road in Windsor. For more information, call 252-794-3140 or visit www. hohpeplantation.org. Somerset Place Christmas Open House Somerset Place will host its 29th annual Christmas Open House from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. Santa Claus will make an appearance from 2-4 p.m. in the Collins House. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. For more information, call 252-797-4560 or email somerset@ncdcr.gov. 57

Christmas Parade The town of Bath will host its Christmas parade at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. December 2 & 9 Christmas Concert The Albemarle Chorale will host a Christmas concert “Hark and Rejoice” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at Edenton United Methodist Church in Edenton and at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the First United Methodist Church, 201 S. Road St. in Elizabeth City. Admission is free. December 5 Concert The annual North Carolina’s Symphony’s Holiday Pops Concert will be held Wednesday, Dec. 2, at Edgecombe Community College’s Kehein Auditorium, 2009 W. Wilson St. in Tarboro. General admission tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased by mail or in person at the ECC Box Office or through www.etix.com. For more information, contact Eric Greene at 252-823-5166, ext. 187 or email greenee@edgecombe.edu. December 5-9 Tar River Christmas The town of Tarboro will host its fifth five-day celebration of A Tar River Christmas on Wednesday, Dec. 5, through Sunday, Dec. 9. For more information about the events, contact Tina Parker at 252-641-4242 or by email at tinaparker@tarboro-nc.com or visit the Tar River Christmas or Discover Edgecombe Facebook pages for event updates. December 6-9 Holiday Classic Horse Show The Sen. Bob Martin Eastern Agricultural Center in Williamston will host the Triangle East Holiday Classic “A” Horse Show. Admission is free for spectators. For more information, visit www.trianglefarms.com or call Joan Perry at 919-669-9877.


December 7

December 9

Christmas Concert The Turnage Theatre will host the Beaufort County Choral Society’s Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. For more information, call 252946-2504.

Christmas Open House Hyde County’s Octagon House, ca. 1857, will host its annual Christmas Open House from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at 30868 U.S. 264 near Engelhard. Admission is free. For more information, visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/octagonhouse.nc.

Christmas Parade The 55th annual Tarboro Christmas Parade will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. It will start on the 200 block of Main St. For more information, call the Tarboro-Edgecombe Chamber of Commerce at 252-563-6522. December 7-8 Kris Kringle Craft Show The Blind Center will host their annual Kris Kringle Craft Show from noon6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, and 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Blind Center, 221 N. Harvey St. in Washington. For more information, call 252-946-6208. Candlelight Christmas Tour and Dinner The Murfreesboro Historical Association will host its 33rd annual Candlelight Christmas Tour from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 8. Dinner will be served in the Murfree Center. Tickets are $35 for adults and $10 for children. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information, call 252-398-5922 or email mha@ murfreesboronc.org. December 8 2018 Swan Days Festival The 2018 Swan Days Festival will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. The educational events and vendors will be located at Mattamuskeet School and on the Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge near Swan Quarter. For more information, visit Swan Days on Facebook or the Swan Days website at www.swandays.com. “Polar Express” Event The Turnage Theatre will host a “Polar Express” event at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Admission is $5. For more information, call 252-946-2504.

December 11 Christmas Bazaar The Bertie County Arts Council will host a Christmas Bazaar from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Gallery, 124 S. King St. in Windsor. December 12- January 16 Special Exhibit A special exhibit titled “The World of Hobson Pittman” will be on display from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday beginning Wednesday, Dec. 12, through Wednesday, Jan. 16 on the second floor of the Blount-Bridgers House in Tarboro. For more information, call 252-8231459 or visit www.edgecombearts.org. December 13 Senior Dance The Washington Civic Center will host a senior dance at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13. Single and couples over age 50 are welcome. Admission is $8. December 14 Swim With Santa The Moore Aquatic Center will host Swim with Santa at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14. For more information, call 252-975-9644. A Christmas Story The Turnage Theatre will present ‘A Christmas Story’ at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14. Admission is $5. Concessions will be available. For more information, call 252-946-2504. December 15 Christmas Concert The Lakeland Singers will perform a Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Lakeland Cultural Arts Center, 411 Mosby Ave. in Littleton. For tickets, call the box office at 252-586-3124, ext. 3 or order online at https://www.etix.com/ ticket/v/4382/lakeland-theatre. December 16 Broadway on the Big Screen The Turnage Theatre will present Broadway on the Big Screen “Holiday Inn” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. For more information, call 252-946-2504. December 20 Special Blue Grass Music The Frank Harrison Band will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at the Martin County Arts Council Flat Iron Building, 124 Washington St. in Williamston. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. December 21 The Embers Christmas Concert The Turnage Theatre will hose The

Embers Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21. Tickets are $21 in person or $25 by credit card or PayPal. For more information, visit www. artsofthepamlico.org or call 252-9462504. December 22 Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas The Turnage Theatre will present a liveaction performance of “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22. Admission is $5. Concessions will be available. For more information, call 252-946-2504. December 29 The Turnage Theatre will host IC Improve Comedy at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29. For more information, call 252-946-2504. December 31

Year’s Eve Celebration at 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, at Tarboro Brewing Company, 526 N. Main St. in Tarboro. For more information, call 252-5636522. The New Year’s Eve Ball Drop will be held at midnight at the Courthouse Square. For more information, contact the Tarboro-Edgecombe Chamber of Commerce at 252-641-4242 or email tinaparker@tarboro-nc.com. January 5 Guitarfest The Beaufort County Traditional Music Association will present the 6th annual Guitarfest from 2-10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at the Turnage Theatre. January 9 Candlewicking Workshop Historic Bath will host a candlewicking workshop at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9. The cost of the workshop is $5 and there is a limit of 12 participants. For more information, call 252-923-3971.

New Year’s Eve Celebration The town of Tarboro will host a New

The Tarboro Christmas parade is planned for 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2 and will begin at the 200 block of Main Street.


January 10 Senior Dance The Washington Civic Center will host a senior dance at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10. Single and couples over age 50 are welcome. Admission is $8. January 11-12 Dirt Kart Championships The Sen. Bob Martin Eastern Agricultural Center in Williamston will host the Indoor Dirt Kart Championships. For more information, call Amy McGraw at 252-207-1754. January 12 Film Festival The Turnage Theatre will host the Marquee on Main Film Festival at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12. Admission is $5 at the door. For more information, call 252-946-2504 or visit www. artsofthepamlico.org. Anniversary Celebration The N.C. Estuarium will celebrate its 21st Anniversary Celebration from 10 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12. January 13 The Turnage Theatre will present Broadway on the Big Screen ‘She Loves Me’ at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13. Admission is free with a suggested donation of $5. Concessions will be available. For more information, call 252-946-2504.

January 18-19 Truck & Tractor Pull The Sen. Bob Martin Eastern Agricultural Center in Williamston will host the Big Daddy Motorsports Truck & Tractor Pull. For more information, visit www.bigdaddymotorsports.org or call Ken Whitley at 252-207-9098. January 19 Royal Court Gala The Beaufort County Arts Council will host the Royal Court Gala at 7 p.m. at the Turnage Theatre. For more information, call 252-946-2504. January 24-27 Book Sale The Annual Friends of the Brown Library Book Sale will be held Thursday, Jan. 24, through Sunday, Jan. 27, at the Washington Civic Center. For more information, call 252-946-4300.

will host the Barter Players “The Scarlet Letter” at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Feb. 1 at the Edgecombe Community College Campus, 2009 W. Wilson St. in Tarboro. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and children. Tickets can be purchased by mail or in person at the ECC Box Office or through www.etix. com. For more information, contact Eric Greene at 252-823-5166, ext. 187 or by email at greene@edgecombe.edu. February 22-23 Rodeo The Sen. Bob Martin Eastern Agriculture Center in Williamston will host the Old Ford Volunteer Fire Department’s Survivor Series Rodeo Friday, Feb. 22, and Saturday, Feb. 23. For more information, visit www. oldfordrodeo.org or call Frankie Buck at 252-946-9780. March 2-3

January 29 N.C. Duck Stamp Competition The North Carolina Duck Stamp Competition will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the Washington Civic Center. February 1 The Barter Players Returns The Edgecombe Performance Series

Horse Show The Sen. Bob Martin Eastern Agricultural Center in Williamston will host the Downunder Horsemanship 2019 Walkabout Tour on Saturday, March 2, and Sunday, March 3. For more information, visit downunderhorsemanship.com or call 1-888-287-7432.

January 15 Rock the Pamlico The Turnage Theatre will host “Rock the Pamlico” from 6:30-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15. For more information, call 252-946-2504. January 18 The Blues Brothers The Turnage Theatre will host ‘The Blues Brothers’ at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18. For more information, call 252-946-2504. 60

The beautiful Octagon House in Englehard will be decorated and ready for the Christmas Open House from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9.

Northampton County Christmas 2018 Christmas Events


Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Christmas Parade

Dec. 7, 6:30pm Dec. 8, 1:00pm


Ho! Ho! Ho! Christmas Craft Show Christmas Parade Christmas Caroling

Nov. 24, 9:30am Nov. 24, 10:00am Nov. 24, 7:00pm


Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Christmas Caroling

Dec. 14, 7:00pm


Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Christmas Parade

Nov. 30, 6:00pm Dec. 1, 2:00pm


Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Nov. 24, 7:00pm


Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Christmas Parade

Dec. 7, 7:00pm Dec. 8, 10:00am

RICH SQUARE Christmas Parade

Dec. 1, 10:00am


Dec. 9, 3:00pm Dec. 16, 3:00pm

Christmas Parade Raindate

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My grandmother, Bertie Dameron, was a hard working woman.

Make a syrup of two quarts of best

12 small hamburgers.

Cook on one side until browned.

cider vinegar and six pounds granulated

She planted her garden each spring.

Turn it over and add a little catchup and

sugar. Place this in a kettle with a spice

She cooked all summer from its produce

a couple of drops of hot sauce to each

bag containing one tablespoonful of

and canned enough to last all winter.

patty. Turn again when the other side

whole cloves and one-quarter pound

When I was a child, people got a lunch hour and she cooked lunch for

is brown and add the catchup and hot sauce to second side.

the whole family in the summer. She

Add about a cup and a half of water

was good at making the meat she had

and simmer until patties are done and

to buy go a long way. One of the things

water is concentrated to thin gravy.

peaches, leaving in an occasional stone for flavor. Cook the peaches in the syrup until tender, then place in glass jars. Fill jars with the vinegar syrup and

she did was with hamburger and I have

Besides canning the vegetables from

never seen anyone else make this dish.

the garden she bought fruit from trucks

I have used it many times and I think

that came through the neighborhoods

of her every time I make it. It does not

bringing things from their farms to

taste like you would expect. It has a

sell. There would be apples from the

unique taste once it all cooks together.

mountains and peaches from Georgia.

Seen in the photo to the right, is one

I remember sitting on the front porch

just like her old kerosene cooking stove.

1 lb. ground beef

with her when she knew the trucks

You lit the burners and the oven with a

1 small onion, diced



match. Many good things came from her

1 slice of bread

neighbors called each other to report

old stove. I sat in the kitchen even when

1 egg beaten

their appearing. Four line telephones in

A little milk

those days.

I was small and watched everything she

Catchup Hot sauce




My favorite of the fruits was her pickled peaches. They were a recipe from the old Ball canning book and

Put bread in a medium size mixing bowl.

put up in the old glass jars with a metal clamp to hold the top in place

seal. The peaches may be left whole if preferred. My grandmother always left them whole.

did. When I was a bit older she let me help. I can still duplicate most of her cooking and believe me it is a privilege and it gives me great satisfaction. Sylvia Hughes is a retired newspaper

Add egg and a small amount of

Vegetables were put in the glass jars

milk to top of bread and let set a few

with a zinc top. The fruit was so much

editor and columnist residing in Windsor.


prettier in the glass top jars.

In addition to three sons, she has a

Mix mixture until bread is well incorporated Add meat and onion. Roll into about


of stick cinnamon. Pare and halve the


gaggle of grandchildren, many of whom

From the old Ball Canning Book I

love cooking in the kitchen with her just

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CAROLINA OUTDOOR EXPO The Carolina Outdoor Expo 2019 is scheduled for the third weekend in January. This third annual expo looks to be bigger and better. The very appropriate ongoing theme is "Everything Outdoors." Congratulations to Joe Albea and crew, as the second event last January was very well received and attended. The outdoor community rated it a tremendous success! Don't miss the next one, as Joe has honed and perfected all aspects of the Expo! Never too early to get this on your personal to-do list and event calendar. This premier fun filled outdoor weekend for the entire family will include educational and instructional seminars, from leading saltwater and freshwater fishing guides from all parts of North Carolina, as well as hunting guides from across the country. The event will also feature over 100 outdoor sports vendors and exhibitors with the latest in hunting and fishing products. In addition to the latest in hunting and fishing gear, check out appropriate displays of trucks, boats and campers. Eastern North Carolina is blessed with many excellent natural resources. Outdoorsmen regale in the abundance of our state’s fish and game. I have fished and hunted in other places, but none better than the woods and waterways from the mountains to the coast. Determined North Carolina fishermen and hunters can usually find something productive to pursue 12 months a year. That is one of the truly beautiful advantages of being an outdoorsman in North Carolina. If a slow time exists in the outdoor


recreation world, it would probably be January, and that has more to do with the cold, unpleasant weather than game and fish availability. Subsequently, we see a lot of boat shows, fishing schools, and outdoor exhibitions scheduled this time of year, and other places up and down the east coast. One usually had to travel to Raleigh, Charlotte, or out of state, to find a quality hunting and fishing exposition. Not anymore. Can you conveniently get to the Convention Center in Greenville the third weekend in January? OK, you're in luck! Eastern North Carolina is fortunate to have Carolina Outdoor Expo


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accomplishments and respect the fact that all these people are highly qualified, skilled outdoorsmen with pertinent knowledge, experience, and information to share with the Expo attendees. Back for this year is the popular BBgun target range for youngsters, to teach them the proper handling of guns. The state Wildlife Resources Commission also sponsors the duck blind simulator for a laser type hunting experience. Need an outdoor related gift item? Stop by the Outdoor Gift Shop. It is truly a onestop shop. Something there for everyone on your gift list: from art to wine, bait to tackle, great outdoor furniture to clothing. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, and this will entitle you to entry all weekend, January 19 and 20. Children 10 and under are free. A special $25 price Family pass is good for an entire weekend of fun. Hours of operation are Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Carolina Outdoor Expo is family entertainment at its finest, and one of those events that makeyou thankful to live in eastern North Carolina. Load up the car with family and friends and head to Greenville for the third annual Carolina Outdoor Expo. You have the makings of a very special event Eastern North Carolina outdoorsmen can be very proud of and certainly don't want to miss. Need more information or, want to view the two-day seminar schedule: day, time, and presenter list? Go to carolinaoutdoorexpo. com - The website is very well designed, and lists presenters and vendors, with an active link to most of their websites. It’s a great feature that can help you with prior planning to help guide you through this outstanding weekend event. See you at Carolina Outdoor Expo. Fishing Success? Good for you! Give us all the nice details at carolinaangler@gmail.com. Large file full-size, high resolution fishy pix make us tap dance. Stay hydrated, be cool, and be careful out there. Autumn weather on the water can be deceiving and unforgiving. Don’t forget the sunscreen. See you on the water, my friend. Rick Goines is a freelance outdoors columnist in eastern North Carolina.


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Jeanette Biggers is on a mission to pull lives from the muddied, raging rivers of human trafficking. North Carolina is thought to have one of the top rates of human trafficking in the nation. 68


eanette Biggers is on a stalwart mission to pull lives from the muddied, raging rivers of human trafficking. She feels passionately that she is led by God to throw a life ring to those drowning in what is essentially modern day slavery. She seeks out churches, pastors and community leaders throughout the eastern regions of North Carolina and beyond to share with them the burgeoning reality of human trafficking in our state — a subject that until recently was rarely spoken about. North Carolina is thought to have one of the top rates of human trafficking in the nation, said Libby Magee Coles, chairwoman of the state Human Trafficking Commission. Human trafficking victims can be sexually exploited or forced to work in seemingly legitimate businesses. The crime is “deeply intertwined with drug and gang activity,” Coles said. “Unlike drugs, people — our neighbors — can be sold again and again and again.” Last year Biggers, 70, attended an antihuman trafficking event, held by AGLOW International. "When I left that meeting, it was as if blinders had been taken off my eyes," she said. "I felt like I must have been an ostrich with my head stuck in the sand. How could I not be aware of this black plague spreading across our nation?" She said a fire started burning in her heart. Humans are being trafficked in a $32 billion-a-year criminal industry, second only to the drug dealing industry, Biggers said. Citizens of northeastern North Carolina are not excluded, she added. "It may be happening within six blocks of your church or home, involving young boys and girls as well as men and women," she said. Williamston Chief of Police Travis Cowan said he sees trafficking as a problem that is not going away. “Although cases here are not as prevalent as in urban areas, we do know that it happens. We owe it the victims to recognize what is going on and to rescue them,” Cowan said. “I think society is realizing more and more that this is a reality. It has been brought to the forefront. “Local law enforcement has been receiving more and more training on what to look for

and officers are seeking to identify cases (involving victims). I encourage any one who has information to please contact their local authorities.” Biggers wants people to consider what they would do if their own son, daughter, grandchild, sister, brother, niece or nephew was a victim of human trafficking. She added children are most often at risk. Traffickers are known to prey on victims as young as 9 years old. Traffickers target minors through social media websites, telephone chat-lines, after-school programs, at shopping malls and bus depots or through friends or acquaintances who recruit students on school campuses. Reports indicate that traffickers often target children and youths with a history of sexual abuse, dating violence, low self-esteem and minimal social support. In her research, Biggers discovered an alarming line of attack used by predators


More information can be found online at NCDOJ.GOV. Biggers said a common misconception is human trafficking is just a problem in other countries. "Cases of human trafficking have been reported in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. territories," she said. Victims can be children or adults, U.S. citizens or foreign nationals, also male or female. Examples of identified child trafficking cases include commercial sex, stripping, pornography, forced begging, restaurant work, hair and nail salons, agricultural work and drug sales and cultivation. Conservative and humble, learning about the world of pornography floored Biggers. She admits as a young girl she was sheltered from the “facts of life” growing up. “I grew up in a different era,” she said. “My parents didn’t even use the word pregnant

“It has been seared upon my soul to set the captives free.” - Jeannette Biggers

on unsuspecting teens. They prey on the vulnerable through an item most teens can’t be without — their telephones. Certain applications (apps) teens use daily put them at risk. According to a report sent out by the state Department of Justice, adults who prey on children use apps such as Snapchat, Kik Messenger, Tinder, Instagram and Omegle. Lonely children or those who are at odds with their parents are especially vulnerable. Many times, predators will pose as teens and try to seduce users of these apps into posing for nude "selfies," use inappropriate profiles and sexual come-ons. Other apps the Justice Department warns about are Ask.fm, Tumblr, Yik Yak and Whisper. They also warn of "deceiving apps" such as Audio Manager, HiCalculator and Vaulty, which can hide apps and information from parents while pretending to be a normal app.


before my brother was born. At 9, I didn’t even know a baby was on the way.” She is now inundated with more information about the dark world of human trafficking than she ever would have cared to be. “Never in my wildest dreams did I think God would put me in the middle of all this,” she added. However, Biggers' heart breaks for the victims. She knows first-hand how it feels to be helpless when someone exerts their power and abuses it. When she was 4 years old, a trusted family member violated her. It was secret she hid until she was 13 years old. At 13, she had what she describes as a miraculous encounter with God. It was then she was able to tell her parents of this shameful secret she had been harboring for


so many years. She felt she was free for the first time. Biggers and her husband, Curtis, have been married 51 years and have two grown boys and 10 grandchildren. The couple has a ministry they operate out of their home called Ambassadors of Heaven Ministries. The Biggers have a heart for struggling Christians who grapple with issues such as unforgiveness, lust, bitterness and anger. Their ministry has taken Biggers across America and overseas to countries such as Kenya, Turkey, Bulgaria and Israel. "It has been seared upon my soul to set the captives free," she said, referring to a scripture from the Bible. "Captives are the Christians that get broadsided by the enemy by lust, greed, envy — whatever has captured them and beat them up," she said. Curtis and Jeanette minister to those "who have lost their hope and zeal to do what Christ has called them to do," she said. Biggers said she has become especially

focused on the captives of human trafficking. "I recently read that many of the victims who are helped are not helped because a teacher, nurse or policeman called and gave a tip. It is usually just an average person — a friend, neighbor or co-worker," she said. She wants to spread the word around the county of how others can become a lifeline for those entrapped in a life they see no way out of. "One of the best ways to combat human trafficking is to raise awareness of it and learn more about how to identify victims," she said. She has placed placards on bathroom stall doors around Martin County, which lists the Sex and Labor Abuse U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline. The non-governmental number is toll free, available 24 hours, seven days a week and is confidential. Over 170 languages are available. The number is 1-888-373-7888. There is also a text where they can be reached: 233733 (BeFree). There is even a "shoe card" Biggers hands out, which victims can hide inside their shoe to keep the trafficker from seeing it. The

card has the hotline on it. If anyone has suspicions of activity linked to human trafficking, they can call 1-866-DHS-2-ICE (1-866 347-2423). Biggers is available to speak to pastors, churches and other groups and can be reached at 757-739-1636. Deborah Griffin is a Staff Writer for the Martin County Enterprise & Weekly Herald in Williamston.

(Right) Biggers and her husband Curtis, married 51 years, have a ministry geared toward struggling Christians called Ambassadors of Heaven Ministries.

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Edward Warren, surgeon general of North Carolina and senior medical officer to the Egyptian khedive, was born on January 22, 1828 in Tyrrell County, the son of Dr. William C. and Harriet J. Alexander Warren. As the son of an Edenton physician, Warren had the importance of education instilled in him at an early age. After boarding schools in North Carolina and Virginia, he attended the University of Virginia, where he graduated in 1850. The following year he received a medical degree from Jefferson Medical College. Warren practiced medicine briefly alongside his father before departing for Paris, where he continued his studies at the University of Sorbonne. While there he served as a correspondent for the American Journal of Medical Sciences. Warren returned to Edenton in 1855. Two years later he became editor of the Medical Journal of North Carolina. In 1860 shortly after his wife, Elizabeth Johnston Warren, was diagnosed with malaria, Warren took a position as a professor of medicine specializing in the study of malaria at the University of Maryland. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Warren returned to North Carolina to serve the Confederacy. He held numerous appointments throughout the war years including chief medical officer of Confederate naval forces in North Carolina, medical director of the

Confederate Department of the Cape Fear, and surgeon general of North Carolina. When the war ended, he returned to Maryland where he helped organize the College of Physicians and Surgeons, which absorbed the Washington University School of Medicine. In 1875 Warren accepted the position of chief of medicine for the Egyptian khedive, governor or lord of the province. He was one of a number of former Confederate officers who did so, including North Carolina-born William W. Loring. Given the honorary title of “bey” for his successful removal of a tumor from the chest of Kassim Pasha, the Egyptian minister of war, Warren remained in Egypt for two years before contracting ophthalmia, an inflammation of the eyes. Warren left Africa for Paris in 1877 seeking treatment for his eyes. Advised by his physicians against returning to Egypt, Warren established a practice in France. His wife, who was six months pregnant at the time, joined him, but died shortly thereafter. Warren remained in Paris until his death on September 16, 1893. He was survived by his two daughters. In addition to his many accolades in both North Carolina and Egypt, Warren was also a licentiate of the University of France and was awarded the Cross of the Legion of Honor of France. He was also made a Knight of the Order of Isabella the Catholic by the Spanish government, and received an honorary LL.D. from the University of North Carolina. An avid writer, Warren left a library of works, ranging from poetry to medical articles concerning the use of hypodermic medication. In 1885 his autobiography, A Doctor’s Experience in Three Continents, was published.

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THADD WHITE, on the banks of the Cashie River in Windsor.

edition with my children’s grandmother, Sylvia

of our final edition for 2018, I hope you have

Hugh Davis, who we welcome as a

noticed updates to our design and coverage

contributor to our publication, takes a look at

region but the same commitment to telling

the history of The Gallery Theatre in Ahoskie as

We also begin a feature we’re calling “Mark

stories about the dozen counties Eastern Living

well as the upcoming shows set for the historic

calls home.


it!” which will showcase a Historic Marker

This edition may be the first one you’ve

Leslie Beachboard and Tristan Nowell take

picked up if you live in Gates or Nash counties,

readers back to the Cashie Treehouse Village

the two newest in our now 12-county region.

in Windsor where expansion will mean there

We hope you come to love our magazine about

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living here in eastern North Carolina as much as

coming months.

Hughes, who remembers time cooking with her grandma.

somewhere in our 12 counties along with its background. In addition, you’ll find the return of Biography, a once longstanding tradition in Eastern Living. This month’s writer, Deborah Griffin, introduces readers to Jeanette Biggers, who has taken up the fight against human trafficking. In coming editions, you’ll see the return of our

“This edition of our magazine has stories for just about everyone’s taste.”

Day Trip feature, which gives readers a chance to plan a quick weekend or weekday getaway. There are many more stories in the pages of this edition, and we’ll have plenty to come with our six editions next year. If you have suggestions, please contact me

those in our original 10 counties. This edition of our magazine has stories for just about everyone’s taste.

Lindell Jon Kay takes readers through a tour of a veteran’s museum in Edgecombe County, a hidden gem here in the northeast.

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feature – Grandma’s Kitchen – will be written

Gates, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde, Martin, Nash,


by the host of grandmothers in our community

Northampton, Tyrrell and Washington counties.

wander through Beaufort, Bertie, Edgecombe,

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