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Ram Albemarle – Ironclad Warship of the Confederacy

For Civil War buffs, April belongs to Plymouth, a small town on the Roanoke River in eastern North Carolina. On April 18 & 19, you can be a part of Living History in Motion "Odyssey of an Ironclad - The Incredible Journey of the CSS Albemarle." This 2-day trip on the Roanoke River retraces the… Read More

Stone Ground Grits – It’s a Southern Art

Did you know that Grits are made from corn? And stone ground grits are the best. Atkinson Milling Company in Selma, NC produces some of the best grits.  I've tried many kinds and theirs are the best. I was looking for local stone-ground North Carolina grits to serve at Big Mill Bed & Breakfast and… Read More

Oden’s Store – Antiques & Old Stuff

Lynda Oden and her family have been running Oden's Store since 1904 Oden's Store and Antiques is chock full of treasures: depression glass, old tools, furniture from the turn of the last century, old doors, some junk, but all of it is interesting. It is the kind of place where you have to poke around… Read More

Civil War Battle of Fort Branch

Every year on the first weekend in November the Yankees and the Rebels fight the Battle of Fort Branch on the banks of the Roanoke River near Hamilton in eastern North Carolina. The Battle of Fort Branch is on the first Sunday in November, but the re-enactors arrive on Thursday, set up camp and go… Read More

Sans Souci Ferry – A Fun Way to Cross the Cashie River

The Sign Says it Best:  "Blow horn for ferry." See the tiny house across the river? That is the other ferry dock. The San Souci Cable Ferry crosses the Cashie River in eastern North Carolina near Windsor in Bertie County. Lest you ever try to tell anyone about this ferry, first -- you must have… Read More

Fun Things to Do in Eastern North Carolina

Eastern North Carolina might seem laid back and slow with nothing to do. What a fallacy! If you like history, canoeing, hiking, fishing, golfing, birding, antiqueing, outdoor dramas, eating local seafood and road food with Norman Rockwell scenes - then you will love Eastern North Carolina. Visit one of our charming coastal towns - watch… Read More

Lost Colony Outdoor Drama – what Happened?

The mystery - What happened to the Lost Colony? Are they in Manteo or maybe still in eastern North Carolina? In 1587, a colony of 120 souls established the first English Colony in this new world on North Carolina's Outer Banks. Three years later when John White returned from England with supplies, the colony had… Read More

Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park and Eco Center

Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park is a fascinating world of birds There are more than two thousand birds from six continents in Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park located in Scotland Neck in eastern North Carolina. It is truly a bird watcher's paradise!  In fact, it features the largest collection of waterfowl in the world.  Founder Mike Lubbock… Read More

Celebrate Sage at the Sage Festival in Windsor, NC

In spring we celebrate the beautiful Sage plant. Bertie County and the surrounding counties in eastern North Carolina grow 15,000 acres of Clary Sage. This sage is in the Salvia family; I remember my mother calling the red salvia that is so popular "scarlet sage." Clary Sage is a beautiful plant that grows upright and… Read More

Roanoke River Rock Fish Stew Recipe

The mighty Roanoke River is heaven for the Rock Fish Fisherman Check for dates for when the Roanoke River basin is open for Rock Fish fishing or Stripers with some rules, of course. The minimum limit is 18 inches and only one river bass above 27 inches can be kept, in the creel, as they… Read More