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34405
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The churches of Beaufort County have histories dating back centuries. The first, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, is the oldest church building in North Carolina, with an active parish dating back more than three-hundred years. This article provides the histories of Beaufort County churches based on materials from the Brown Library in Washington, interviews with church historians and official histories of each church.
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34404
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Sailing is a traditional form of transportation that has been practiced on the waters of Beaufort County for centuries. For the past decade, the nonprofit organization, Little Washington Sailing School, has worked to keep the art of sailing alive, passing it along to the next generation. Director Kevin Clancy discusses the school’s sailing programs.
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37379
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Castle Island’s faces feature an illustrious and notorious history in writing and action. East Carolina University’s Maritime Studies department documented information about wrecked ships in the area in their report “The Castle Island’s Ships Graveyard.” The Civil War-era encampment site for Yankees can also claim goats as its first inhabitants. Terry Rollins’ Washington Haunts tours points to a notorious past in a madam, known as the “Queen on the Castle,” reputed to inhabit the Island in spirit. As for the printed reproductions of postcards from UNC-CH’s collection and a painting in Washington’s Brown Library accompanying the article, they can speak a thousand words about the Island’s colorful past.
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37381
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A self-described “treasure hunter” has a collection that has made Washington a site for discovering and rediscovering treasure and treasured possessions. Pictures of his unburied treasure included a Spanish silver real coin from the 18th century and an epaulette from the 19th century. Proving treasure doesn’t have to be relic aged was a class ring, belonging to a soldier deployed in Iraq, who recovered his ring as a result of local Junius Swain’s discovery.
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37361
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Perhaps not widely known is the role Washington played for escaped slaves, in securing freedom in a passage to the North. As for prior to slaves’ arrival at the Underground Railroad, noted were codes, songs, and quilt patterns containing information about planned escapes and uprisings on plantations. Also discussed was factors behind choosing Washington as a thoroughfare and information not so widely known related to the Underground Railroad. As for information collaborating with oral histories compiled by the Works Project Administration in the 1920s and 1930s, noted also was local Leesa Jones’s efforts in gathering orally passed down information from other locals about these topics.
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39524
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Debnam described how key individuals, events, and ships played in the development of Washington’s past shipbuilding and shipping firms and today’s boat building and tourist industries.