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Fossil Hunting and the Fossil Museum in Aurora, N.C.

Dig for Fossils in Aurora, North Carolina Big kids and little kids like to dig in the dirt. When I was growing up on the farm here in eastern North Carolina, if we dug deep enough we could find a fossil. It was so exciting to get those remnants from the past and to know… Read More

The Hen and The Hog Restaurant in Halifax, NC, is a wonderful surprise. I love to explore local gems and this one is perfect. The restaurant is located in an old hardware store and the old floors remain - no trendy marble tiles here. But don’t be fooled - this is an upscale place; it just… Read More

The most easterly Barn Quilt on North Carolina's Quilt Trail is on the Pack House barn at Big Mill B&B in Williamston, NC. I just love it! I used to go to Quilting Bees with my mother when I was a child. I would play under the quilt all by myself. There were no other… Read More

Chloe’s Big Mill Barn Quilt : Behind-the-Scenes

Big Mill B&B is going to be part of the Tar River Quilt Trail How did the Big Mill B&B barn quilt idea and project happen? In essence, I read about the American Quilt Trail and I wanted to be part of it. I picked a favorite quilt pattern - one that my mother made… Read More

Ocracoke Lighthouse on the Outer Banks

Built in 1823, the Ocracoke Lighthouse is North Carolina's oldest lighthouse still in use. In fact, Ocracoke Lighthouse is the second oldest lighthouse still in use in the entire United States, although this is controversial. It has been in constant use since 1823, except for a brief period during the Civil War when the Rebels dismantled the… Read More

Somerset Place Plantation

Somerset Place Plantation in Creswell, NC, is off the beaten path. In 1860, Somerset Place Plantation near Creswell, NC had 328 slaves, making it the third largest plantation in North Carolina.  At one time it encompassed 100,000 acres of land and swamp sitting on the shores of Lake Phelps right in the Great Dismal Swamp of… Read More

Contented Cows at Simply Natural Creamery

All the cows at Simply Natural Creamery dairy in eastern NC  have a name - and they are all women. This wonderful North Carolina dairy and creamery produces some of the BEST ice cream around. And to think - it was started as a project for the children of the owners. Neil Moye bought three… Read More

Post Office Murals – Depression Era Art

All across North Carolina there are some hidden art gems on the walls of old post office buildings. Here in eastern North Carolina, in this small town of Williamston, we have a real art jewel.  The First Flight mural was painted in 1940 on the wall of the post office on Main Street, and it… Read More

The 3 Lives of Bodie Island Lighthouse

Bodie Island Lighthouse - a Beacon for Seamen since 1848 Bodie Island Lighthouse was constructed in 1848 on North Carolina's Outer Banks near Oregon Inlet - but it had to be abandoned in 1859 because the foundation was shifting. And for those who don't know - it is pronounced body, like all the bodies that… Read More

Martin Supply, an Old Timey Hardware Store

I love old hardware and farm stores but they are fast-disappearing lost treasures  Martin Supply has been in Williamston, NC for as long as I can remember. It is one of those old-time feed stores that's disappearing all across the U.S.A. When you walk in the front door you know you have entered a time past… Read More