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for Carolina Country Vol. 45 Issue 11, Nov 2013
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After the Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge was created in 1932, the Civilian Conservation Corps built the Bell Island Fishing Pier in Hyde County. Over the next seventy years various storms damaged it. In September 1999, Hurricane Floyd destroyed it, but it was renovated in 2003. However, Hurricane Isabel took it out again later in 2003. In 2011, Hurricane Irene forced it to finally close. Again the pier came back. Volunteers led by Dr. John Hale, completed rebuilding it in 2012.
It's black, warty, musky, and brings $800 per pound wholesale. It's the truffle, a mushroom delicacy that is finding a home in the state. Franklin Garland of Hillsborough was the first person in the state to experiment with truffles. Burgess describes how truffles are grown and some of the problems growers face.