|Searching for the Lost Colony on Hatteras Island|
found in recent digs in Buxton may be solid evidence that the so-called
"Lost Colony" fled to Croatoan. Or they may not.
findings are published, the work is among numerous unproven tidbits
that add to centuries of speculation on what happened to the English
settlers who disappeared from Roanoke Island after 1587. The fate of
the 117 men, women and children remains the oldest mystery of colonial
a presentation in Manteo last month, archaeologist Mark Horton
announced that artifacts unearthed while working with a team of
volunteers from the nonprofit Croatoan Archaeological Society on
Hatteras Island reveal ongoing contact between Europeans and Indians,
including with people from the 1584-1587 Roanoke Voyages and the1607
Jamestown settlement. Read
|The Night Sky: Stargazing tips for May|
we had a lot of cloudy nights, April proved to be much better than
March for stargazing and astrophotography. My two
best images included M51 the Whirlpool Galaxy and 57 the Ring Nebula. Read
|Hatteras veterans now have a place to call home|
room just off the dining area of the Hatterasman Drive-In was filled
with about a dozen people on a recent April afternoon. There were men
and women from their late 20s or early 30s to retired. There was small
talk, a lot of catching up on local events and what the kids are doing.
It could have been a gathering of friends, taking a break to check up
on the latest news.
Then Hatterasman owner, Frank Miller, brought in the chicken fingers and fries and the meeting began. Read
|A humdinger winter for hummers|
the reasons we in North Carolina are seeing more hummingbirds in the
winter, it is a treat for those of us who love watching the amazing
little birds. What better way to get through the cold, gray days of
winter than to put up a hummingbird feeder and enjoy their antics!
|Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is topic of radio show...WITH AUDIO|
The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum was the topic of the April 3 edition of the Radio.
interview show, "To the Point." The guests were Joseph Schwarzer,
executive director of the North Carolina Maritime Museums, and Mary
Ellen Riddle, education curator at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum
in Hatteras village.
talked about the museum in Hatteras village, which showcases the
maritime history, culture, and heritage of the Outer Banks through the
stories of the many ships that have wrecked on the dangerous offshore
shoals known to all as the Graveyard of the Atlantic. Read
|Cancer Foundation's annual dance was just the 'bee's knees'...WITH SLIDE SHOW|
Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation's annual Spring Dance this year was
not only the bee's knees, it was the berries. The Cat's
Meow. And just swell. About 150 gals and their daddies showed up
to enjoy Saturday evening, April 11, in Roaring Twenties style while
raising money to help Hatteras Island cancer patients. Read
|A primer on seismic testing|
of the flashpoints in the debate over developing possible offshore oil
and gas centers on seismic surveying, an effective but controversial
method used in the search for energy deposits. Three public meetings
have been scheduled this month about using “air guns” off the N.C.
coast. The first was earlier this week in Wilmington, the second is
today in Morehead City, and the last one is on Monday, April 27, in
Kill Devil Hills.
Here’s a primer to help you understand what all the noise is about. Read
|The Scotch bonnet's 50th anniversary|
year marks the 50th anniversary of the Scotch bonnet as North
Carolina’s official state shell. For a state with one of the longest
coastlines on the Eastern Seaboard, it makes sense that it was the
first to have its own shell. Unfortunately, the lovely gastropod —
snail, that is — is notoriously difficult to find on most of its
beaches, except for the Outer Banks.
then it’s no surprise that the bill to make the Scotch bonnet the state
shell was introduced in 1965 by an Outer Banker, Rep. Moncie Daniels,
who lived in Dare County. Read
|With love, Aleta: Remembering Ocracoke's famous mailboat|
always waited for the mailboat to come in. That was something that we
enjoyed, going and seeing the people who were on it, because it carried
some passengers and also some freight for the island people and for the
stores. We enjoyed doing it just to get away from home and see what we
would get that evening in the mailbox,” recalls Della Gaskill,
remembering when she was a girl growing up at Ocracoke.
Ocracoke’s beloved mailboat, the Aleta, lies at the bottom of the South
River in mainland North Carolina, no doubt providing a fine
habitat for fish and other marine life. She lives on, however, in
the memories of those who once peopled her decks as they traveled to
and from Ocracoke or gathered on the dock to greet her, collect their
mail, and welcome the passengers she carried. She lives on in books
that describe her short but memorable history, and now she is the focus
of a new exhibit at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras