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The Grimesland Seine Beach on the Tar River was once a popular place in the 1950s. The original owners can be traced back to L. W. and Olivia Blakeley, who owned the beach as a part of their 1,810 acre farm known as “Bellevue.” The Blakeley seine began in the 1860s as the “Pay Per Haul” method, when money was put down first and the seine hauled afterward. In 1899, the seine was bought by W. E. “Lige” Proctor and in 1947 was owned by Cecil Moore and Wiley Tripp. During the hauling season the seine beach would attract as many as 3,000 people, either to buy fish or watch. Pollution and over fishing finally killed the Grimesland Seine Beach in the 1960s.