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December 09, 2018

In 2003, the Historic Hope Foundation Board of Directors received a North Carolina Humanities grant to research, offer community discussion, compile, and publish a guide to African American Churches in Bertie County. The results of this publication project suggested that it was likely that the…

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December 07, 2018

Anyone who has ever taken a walk in a brushy pasture in fall has probably encountered agrimony. Often, people run into it before they see it. Before you realize, you’re covered with little spiny balls that stick to everything. Dogs are adept at getting covered with them too.

I remember…

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December 05, 2018

I need to take this opportunity to remember my friend Becky.

Rebecca “Becky” Bunch died Sunday at age 64. She spent four decades covering Chowan County for the Chowan Herald and was a tireless advocate for all things Edenton.

For four years I was her editor at the Chowan Herald but the…


December 02, 2018

Despite its broken appearance and incompleteness, this work of indigenous art is imposing in its scale and age. Built of clay and impressed with patterns derived from netting, this large pot is over one-thousand years old, dating to a time long before the English founded Jamestown. Pottery has a…

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November 30, 2018

I always look forward to this time of year when citrus supplies are plentiful. My favorite one has always been the tangelo, but that is changing. It’s not because I like them less, it’s because they are nowhere to be found.

The reason for this is the citrus greening disease. It’s…

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November 29, 2018

We put up our Christmas tree this week.

This is not a big deal for most people but it represents a definite departure from tradition in our case. We have put our tree up late — closer to Christmas — for decades and never have had one up before December until this year.

I’m not…


November 25, 2018

Documentary evidence suggests that the Salmon Creek area in Bertie County was an attraction for many of the early settlers and the prominent political leaders of the then infant colony of Carolina.

Six colonial governors lived nearby during the proprietary (1663-1729) and royal (1729-1776) periods.…

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November 23, 2018

Everyone has heard the expression to be careful what you wish for. Sometimes a cure for one problem can cause another. Rose rosette disease is a prime example.

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November 22, 2018

Today is Thanksgiving and it seems to have arrived earlier than usual this year.

November 18, 2018

A recent guest speaker at the museum, extolling the hospitality that they had been extended on their first visit to Elizabeth City, wondered where Elizabeth City got its name.

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