Category Archives: HISTORY

Roof collapse at old Stonewall School shakes neighborhood

Neglected building tumbles! ‘Like a bomb went off’ says one resident Stonewall School, in its heyday, was a fine looking institution (below). In recent years, the wooden gymnasium, the original school building (above left), and the auditorium (above right) have fallen into disrepair. Monday morning – with little or no warning – the east facing brick wall of the original auditorium apparently gave way, collapsing roof trusses and other support structures. STONEWALL – Monday — on an otherwise calm, sunny October morning — all heck broke loose about 8:30 am along a t…

Hoi Toiders, Whistle Pigs and Kelvinators, Talkin’ Tarheel with Walt Wolfram

Historical Society Lunch & Learn October 12 Dr. Walt Wolfram, William C. Friday Distinguished University Professor at North Carolina State University will speak at Oct. 12 Lunch & Learn. New Bern Historical Society NEW BERN — If you’ve ever spotted a whistle pig or know what a Kelvinator is, then you just might be fluent in Tar Heel. If you pronounce Buies Creek, Cashie River and Chicamacomico like a native, then you might be fluent in Tar Heel. The linguistic diversity and dialects of North Carolina will be the topic of the October 12 Lunch & Learn at the Chelsea Restauran…

‘Silent Sam’ latest Confederate statue to be targeted

CHAPEL HILL – Seen here in quieter times and a fixture on the UNC-CH campus since 1913, this statue was the focus Tuesday night for a crowd of college students and outside agitators, who clamored for its removal. Perhaps the rowdies were unaware that ‘Silent Sam’ was originally erected to commemorate all 321 Carolina students who died while fighting in the Civil War. According to legend, the nickname comes because the young soldier finds himself out of ammunition for his rifle.…

Interested in Genealogy?

GRANTSBORO — The Pamlico County Museum and Heritage Center will hold a volunteer training session on Thursday, August 24. This session is an orientation for volunteers who want to work in our Genealogy Room (Family History Center). It will cover the basics of what resources are available to assist our patrons and where volunteers may find them. It will also cover the cataloging of books and publications, pictures, etc. that are donated to the library as well as setting the volunteer schedule. The training will be held two times on the 24th, one session in the afternoon and one session at…

Amelia Earhart in July 1937 – Did she hang up before she could be traced?

By Gordon Allison, Jr. | Copyright 2017 Part Four of a series Editor’s Note: There have been ‘news’ items saying Major Joe Gervais (MJ) was discredited when McGraw-Hill removed his and Joe Klaas’ book from the shelves following a lawsuit by Irene Bolam. McGraw-Hill did that to cut their losses. No retraction statement was ever made! In 2000, the rights to Amelia Earhart Lives reverted to the authors, Joe Klaas and Joe Gervias. Gordon Allison Jr., the author of this series and a good friend of Gervais, has contacted the University of Texas (the repository for Gervais’ records) to r…

Amelia Earhart’s disappearance 80 years ago again becomes hot topic in wake of History Channel snafu

In a four-part series, local man offers his own surprising insights into possible plight of famous female aviator! At the North Las Vegas airport in 1974, Major Joe Gervais (center) greets Gordon Allison Jr. (second from left) and Allison’s co-worker Ev Helm (second from right). The other gentlemen in the photo are Motorola Lab Technicians who accompanied Allison and Helm on the flight from Phoenix. Editorís note: Gordon Allison Jr. has followed the story of Amelia Earhart since he was a teenager.  He became more interested after becoming a commercially rated pilot.  As luck would ha…

Preservation work complete at site of 1880s era Artesian Well

Click image to enlarge ORIENTAL – South Avenue residents Jennifer Roe and her husband Frank, in conjunction with Friends of Oriental’s History, have recently completed preservation work at the site of an old Artesian Well — in front of the Roe’s home. Here, Jennifer assists with the installation of a marker, to remind visitors that “many local boys admit to stealing their first kiss under the branches of the old Willow Oak.”…

Road Trip! Road Trip!

GRANTSBORO – It’s official name is ‘Annual Spring Trip – 2017’ but take it from one who knows – the yearly excursion planned by the Pamlico County Historical Association is an exceedingly affordable and convivial one-day outing. This week, during a brief telephone interview, Brent Stowe (the museum’s jack-of-all-trades) issued an urgent plea: “Please sign up quickly! There are only 47 seats on our bus, and this event is first come, first served. Space is indeed limited.” Bear Grass Bus Line departs from the Grantsboro Town Hall at 7 am on Friday, June 2, bound for three in…

Quest to uncover Unsung Heroes !

Kelvin Credle presents a plaque to Billy Thompson, honoring the World War II vet as an ‘Unsung Hero.’ Billy Thompson’s Army-issue World War II overcoat – made from 100 percent wool – remains in remarkable condition. “I didn’t know it at the time, but my mother did a great job in packing it away when I got back,” said Thompson. “Otherwise, I would not have it today.” BAYBORO – Kelvin ‘KC’ Credle is relentless is his quest to find, and honor, a diverse group of hard-working folks who he calls the ‘Unsung Heroes’ of our area. Credle’s annual awards celebration and d…

Storytelling, Silent Auction and Wine Tasting Saturday, November 5 at Oriental’s History Museum

Come enjoy the afternoon and help the History Museum celebrate eleven years of collecting artifacts and telling Oriental’s story. The annual meeting starts at 2pm, but the Museum opens at 1 pm for you to browse through the Silent Auction, bidding on those “just right” items for gift-giving. The auction features artwork, jewelry, note cards, hand-crafted items, and photography from your favorite local artists along with a selection of gift baskets and other items that will make perfect Christmas gifts. You can browse the Silent Auction all afternoon making sure you’re the highes…
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