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Paddling in Eastern North Carolina, Part 3: Devil’s Gut

Paddling in Eastern North Carolina, Part 3: Devil’s Gut

This is the third in a series of six guides to paddles in Eastern North Carolina. The series runs through the summer. The first, on Greenville’s Tar River, is here; the second, a trip to Bear Island, here. Text and photos by Brad Beggs Guardian columnist The full moon reflected on the still backwater, bats […]


Paddling in Eastern North Carolina, Part 2: Bear Island

Bear Inlet, on Bear Island's western side at low tide. Typically very shallow, with little boat traffic at low tide. A great spot for sea kayak or stand-up-paddle surf.

This is the second of six guides to paddling Eastern North Carolina. The series runs through the summer. The first, on Greenville’s Tar River, is here. Text and photos by Brad Beggs, Guardian columnist No one expects amazing white sand beaches to be empty at the height of the summer. This is what makes secluded Bear […]


Activists for Freedom

Activists for Freedom

by Lisa Wilbourne Nearly 150 years ago, slavery was made illegal in the United States. It looks a little different today, but nationally, globally and even locally, it remains a problem. Far away in India, women and girls are bought and sold and kept in brothels where they’re often subject to unimaginably cruel treatment. Read […]


Regional Transportation in Eastern NC, a Historical Look

Artist’s concept of Tar River Lock and Dam as proposed by Beverhout Thompson, Watercolor by Bob Pittman

By Vince Bellis Before the Civil War, Tarboro was the commercial hub of the central coastal plain. The Tarboro newspaper, The Southerner, a nearly complete microfilm set of which can be found at ECU’s Joyner Library, served the region. Articles selected from the pages of The Southerner reveal much about transportation in antebellum North Carolina. […]


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