Tracing Your Roots: Who Were My Kin Born During Slavery?

By Henry Louis Gates Jr. and NEHGS Senior Researcher Meaghan E.H. Siekman Differing surnames and living arrangements complicate the search for the parents of an ancestor born during Reconstruction in North Carolina. Dear Professor Gates: I am curious to know who the parents were of my paternal great-grandfather Turner Bond (1868-1925). He was a self-employed … Continue reading Tracing Your Roots: Who Were My Kin Born During Slavery?

UNC Chapel Hill team aims to preserve Rocky Mount Mills history

By Brian Shrader, WRAL anchor/reporter ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. — Capitol Broadcasting bought more than just an abandoned textile mill when the company purchased Rocky Mount Mills four years ago. The firm, which is also the parent company of WRAL TV, bought an iconic site near the Tar River that has loomed large and played a … Continue reading UNC Chapel Hill team aims to preserve Rocky Mount Mills history

Tobacco barn photos show appreciation for farming history

By Monica Holland for The Fayetteville Observer—They used to be prominent, cropping up from the land like the yellowing leaves they’d housed across miles and miles of Carolina farm country. A monument to the charm of country life, tobacco barns have stood for everything from good, honest work to the trust and reliance of family … Continue reading Tobacco barn photos show appreciation for farming history

Trust buys land in Bertie that could be tied to the Lost Colony

(Originally published in The Outer Banks Voice) —Near the confluence of Salmon Creek and Albemarle Sound in Bertie County, archaeologists continue to uncover artifacts that may reveal clues to the 400-year mystery of the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island. Thanks to the recent purchase of nearly 1,000 acres by the Coastal Land Trust, this magnificent … Continue reading Trust buys land in Bertie that could be tied to the Lost Colony

Local history class creates history of its own

By Amelia Harper Staff Writer, Rocky Mount Telegram The advanced placement U.S. history class at Nash Central High School is making history — quite literally. Fourteen students who were enrolled in Coach Renny Taylor’s junior level AP history class last year spent a few weeks at the end of the year creating a video documentary … Continue reading Local history class creates history of its own

What archaeologists are finding in the Great Dismal Swamp

An interesting article on runaway slaves, known as "maroons," who lived deep inside the Great Dismal. From Smithsonian Magazine: The worse it gets, as I wade and stumble through the Great Dismal Swamp, the better I understand its history as a place of refuge. Each ripping thorn and sucking mudhole makes it clearer. It was the … Continue reading What archaeologists are finding in the Great Dismal Swamp

The Barracks in Tarboro Available for Restoration

The Barracks 1100 Albemarle Avenue, Tarboro , NC 27886 Edgecombe County $175,000 8,063 square feet Lot Size: 1.25 acres / Zoning: Residential Contact: Maggie Gregg , Regional DirectorPreservation NC, Eastern Office 252-689-6678, mgregg@presnc.org The Barracks is an impressive and architecturally significant property, located on a large lot in the charming and historic small town of Tarboro. The house was … Continue reading The Barracks in Tarboro Available for Restoration

Memories of Pulling Tobacco, a Labor of Love

  written by T. EDWARD NICKENS PHOTOGRAPH BY NED LEARY Bobby Joe Fisher got it right, I think. But let me say this: I really don’t know what I’m talking about. We’re sitting at the McDonald’s in Battleboro, on U.S. Highway 301, right there at Wesleyan College, and he’s remembering all those times he rode … Continue reading Memories of Pulling Tobacco, a Labor of Love

Did the Lost Colony live at “Site X”? Clues point the way.

By Jeff Hampton The Virginian-Pilot ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. Evidence is mounting that at least part of John White’s lost colony may have ended up in Bertie County. Archaeologists have excavated 850 square feet of the tract in question and found dozens of artifacts including bale seals used to verify cloth quality; 16th-century nails; firing pans … Continue reading Did the Lost Colony live at “Site X”? Clues point the way.

Civil War buttons stolen from Brunswick historic site

  By Christina Haley on July 12, 2016 Three Civil War artifacts were stolen from the Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site during a break-in at the site early Sunday morning. The break-in was reported at the historic site located at 8884 St. Phillips Road, in Winnabow, at 2:17 a.m., according an incident report from the Brunswick County … Continue reading Civil War buttons stolen from Brunswick historic site