Category Archives: North Carolina

More Lighthouses: Bodie and Hatteras

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After we climbed Currituck Lighthouse, it became our mission to climb as many others as we could. So over the next week, we huffed and puffed our way up two others. About 40 miles south of Currituck is the Bodie … Continue reading

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Elizabeth I in North Carolina

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The Elizabethan Gardens, on Roanoke Island, is an “Elizabethan-inspired” 10-acres run by the Garden Club of North Carolina.  It was conceived in 1950 as a memorial to the Lost Colonists of Roanoke — the 120 English who arrived on Roanoke … Continue reading

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We’d gone into the visitor center in Columbia, North Carolina, for a quick stop before Somerset, but had gotten waylaid by an alligator. There was a nature loop that went from the center, through a swamp and along the river. … Continue reading

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Somerset Place: the Owners

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Joshua Collins I eventually bought out his partners and the next three generations of Collins owned Somerset (named after Somerset, England, where Joshua I was born). It’s Joshua III who, after his marriage to Mary Riggs of Newark, New Jersey … Continue reading

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Somerset Place: the Enslaved

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“So were they better than the average plantation owner?” asked the male half of the UK couple on a tour of Somerset Place with us.  He was referring to the way the owner treated his slaves. Hold that thought. Somerset … Continue reading

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The last time I was in Corolla, on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, I was there to run the Currituck Wild Goose Chase 5k Donut Dash.  The donut dash, which started and ended at the Currituck Beach Lighthouse, was … Continue reading

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Not THAT Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe, the American poet and horror story writer, spent most of his life moving from town to town. So it’s not surprising that there are several museums housed at sites where he once lived: the Edgar Allan Poe … Continue reading

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