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Tommy Thompson is an old-time music legend. He was an original member of the Hollow Rock String Band and founding member of The Red Clay Ramblers. Toddy at 63 he is in the late stages of Alzheimer's disease, an illness that forced him to retire from the Ramblers in 1994. Thompson's daughter Jesse Eustice and Durham's Manbites Dog Theater are collaborating on a tribute to be presented during the 2001-2002 theater season.
An exact date when duck hunting for the market began in the Currituck area is hard to establish. It is known that hunting was going on before 1827, but no written records of it exist. The earliest written record of market hunting there is in 1856. Edgar Bourroughs employed twenty game hunters to shoot waterfowl. The game was hauled by wagon to Norfolk once a week and then packed and shipped to northern cities. Baum traces the history of this type of hunting from 1856 to the turn of the century.
In this second part of the series on market hunting in the Currituck Sound area, Baum discusses how duck blinds were constructed, what sort of setups were employed, and how the old timers managed fantastic hunts at the height of the market hunting era.