Category Archives: HISTORY

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…

‘Little Boy’ almost certain, not the case with ‘Fat Man’

County Compass exclusive: Editor’s note: In May, President Obama visited Hiroshima, the first sitting U.S. President to travel to the Japanese city where a nuclear explosion – on Aug. 6, 1945 — and a second two days later on Nagasaki quickly put an end to World War II. Two different types of atomic bombs were used, for reasons that expert Gordon Allison explains. Now, 71 years later, we think our readers will find Allison’s insights to be extraordinary. This is the first installment in a series of his articles, which will divulge current day risks to our national security. By Gordo…

Rescue Squad celebrates 50 years

Frank Sawyer BAYBORO – Frank Sawyer, 83, recalls a different world when he was one of a few who were instrumental in forming Pamlico County Rescue Squad way back in 1966. In a brief interview last week where Sawyer resides at Gardens of Pamlico Assisted Living, the teary-eyed senior citizen looked back on the squad’s earliest days. “We seen some really bad stuff,” said Sawyer. “I remember we bought a Dodge hearse for our first ambulance, and it would get down yonder. We used to hang out with a guy who was a Highway Patrolman. We took the thing out on a call one day, and he said it was the first…

Rosenwald Schools topic of fascinating documentary

Holt’s Chapel Community Center, Inc. 136 Janiero Rd. By Sarah Goodnight ORIENTAL — This is the stuff you missed in history class! Join us Thursday, May 19, at the Old Theater for a film, which chronicles the amazing story of Jewish business man, Julius Rosenwald, who teamed with Booker T. Washington to build thousands of schools from 1912 until 1932 – all to benefit the African-American populations of the rural South. I had never heard of the Rosenwald Schools until I moved to Oriental and bicycled past Holts Chapel Community Center. I became intrigued with the mystery of the old bui…

Large Homecoming crowd takes look back at 50 years of Portsmouth Village history

PORTSMOUTH ISLAND ON THE OUTBANKS – The official Homecoming photo was one of many highlights from the Saturday, April 30, celebration! See complete story with many more photos in the May 5 issue of The County Compass.…

Join this reporter as she travels to remote Portsmouth Village for 50th Homecoming

Aerial view of Portsmouth Village. By Jeanne Robertson Jeanne Robertson PORTSMOUTH ISLAND – Hey Gang! It’s getting close. Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 30. But, keep in mind — this place is so remote, that you’ll need to do some major traveling the day BEFORE in order to get here for the big Celebration!!! The Village of Portsmouth was settled out of necessity for shipping purposes in the mid 1700’s. There was a natural inlet between Portsmouth Island and the island of Ocracoke and this passage would be a way to supply goods to the mainland. Large ships supplying…

‘Opening Day’ for reporter is a big deal! Can she get Cabin 10?

It may not look like much, but Cabin 10 is Jeanne’s favorite spot – and she will fight you for it on Opening Day. By Jeanne Robertson Editor’s note: A native of Williamston, Jeanne Robertson as been visiting Portsmouth Island for more than 40 years. In a series of articles over the next several weeks, Robertson sets the stage for an important event – the 50th Annual Portsmouth Village Homecoming on Saturday, April 30. You need to start in January if you want to be a part of Opening Day at Long Point on Portsmouth Island, which is part of Cape Lookout National Seashore. Everyone misses Don Mor…

Reporter sets stage for Homecoming celebration

By Jeanne Robertson Jeanne Robertson Editor’s note: A native of Williamston, Jeanne Robertson has been visiting remote Portsmouth Island for more than 40 years. In a series of articles over the next several weeks, Robertson sets the stage for an important event — the 50th Annual Portsmouth Village Homecoming on Saturday, April 30. CAPE LOOKOUT NATIONAL SEASHORE — My first experience of Portsmouth Island was Don Morris.  He ferried guests to and from the community of Atlantic, which is part of remote ‘Down East’ North Carolina.  I was so intrigued that he looked ove…

Civil War re-enactments stunningly realistic

Weekend’s back-to-back ‘battles’ pull cast of hundreds, crowds of thousands By Terry McCune Photos by Terry and Heather McCune BELLAIR PLANTATION FARM – Sunday afternoon might have been much like Feb. 1, 1864 – when Confederate Generals Hoke and Pickett captured a Union outpost near New Berne, in what has since become known as the Battle of Batchelder’s Creek. The two amazing re-enactments (Saturday’s was the Battle of New Berne on March 14, 1862) were spearheaded by the Rains Brothers Camp 1370 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. A hearty salute to those hard-working guys…