The author’s visit to this county, founded in 1803 and from parts of Bladen and Brunswick counties, revealed its value. Value was defined earlier by its lumber companies and railroads, later by bright leaf tobacco and strawberries. How it maintained value, despite the post WWII mass migration of its youth? That was through factors it had in common with its neighboring counties. There were still beaches and fishing grounds. There was still a community of citizens and civic organizations willing to welcome newcomers.