Category Archives: North Carolina

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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Corolla

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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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I Wanna Be An Airborne Ranger

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When he heard that we’d visited Fayetteville, North Carolina, our neighbor Mike, an army retiree, said (as if he were reciting a mantra): “Nothing good happens on Hay Street.” Hay is the street that runs through downtown Fayetteville. When we … Continue reading

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Hands on History

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A repost from October 2012. __________________ “We’re a hands-on museum,” said the woman in the visitor center of the Island Farm in Manteo, North Carolina. “Open cupboards. Go anywhere and everywhere. Touch whatever you want, except the animals. You can … Continue reading

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Chapel Hill: the anti-Duke

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The University of North Carolina (UNC) dominates the town of Chapel Hill in a way that I’ve never experienced in any other place.  It’s not only because the university’s 700+ acre campus is mid-town, or that thousands of students overrun … Continue reading

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