Thanksgiving Tradition

Posted by - October 27, 2016

Illustrated and Written By: Kevin Ward We all know the story of the first Thanksgiving 395 years ago when pilgrims and the Wampanoag joined together for a three-day celebration of a successful corn harvest. So what has changed since 1621 and how did a harvest festival become our national turkey (or tofurky) day? Thanks to

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An Ode to Boats

Posted by - October 27, 2016

Written By: Travis Harrington | Photos Courtesy of SimmonsSeaSkiff.com For many residents or frequenters of coastal plain towns throughout North Carolina, there is something incredibly comforting and remarkable about the way that the surrounding bodies of water intertwine with the land. They grow into each other, but they never seem to impose. Being a Wilmington

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Haunted Past

Posted by - October 19, 2016

Written By: Doug Dodson | Photographed By: AJ Green Wilmington has been around for about 300 years, which is plenty of time for ghosts of all shapes, sizes, and sexes to become part of our collective lore. We have ghost tours of the historic district, haunted pub tours, and multiple books on the hauntings of

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DROP THAT HOT DOG – MOVE THAT PLANE

Posted by - October 8, 2016

The legendary day a Coast Guard plane landed at Paul’s Place Famous Hot Dogs By Michael Raab Pass by Paul’s Place Famous Hot Dogs on Route 117 in Rocky Point, NC any day and chances are you will see Hondas, Harleys, mini vans, maxi trucks, pickups, SUVs, sports cars, and bicycles all in the same

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Legend of the Dram Tree

Posted by - October 8, 2016

By Paige Brown The year was 1585. Admiral Sir Richard Grenville stood at the bow, scanning the horizon with his spyglass. Leading his fleet of seven ships along the coast of the Carolinas toward the Outer Banks, he was unaware of the dangerously shifting shoals near the mouth of a river they had just passed.

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Front Street Spirit

Posted by - October 1, 2016

By Kevin Ward There is something about strolling in Wilmington’s historic downtown—in some ways, you can imagine yourself in another time. Many of the buildings that now house some of our favorite bars, restaurants, and stores have been around since the days of the Civil War, and they have changed very little in that time.

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Reviving a Forgotten Past

Posted by - October 1, 2016

By Heather Lee Gordy After World War II, Castle Street was at its prime. Businesses were growing and the list of shops was never ending. Castle Street was downtown. Not separate, but a part of downtown. There was a fire department, a pharmacy, a grocery store, a barber shop, a bakery, a bicycle shop, a

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Garden of Curiosities

Posted by - September 21, 2016

By Susan Buteau  In the heart of midtown Wilmington lies a patch of boggy soil that holds part of the town’s charm. Here, visitors can see Venus flytraps growing in the wild, a phenomenon unique to Wilmington and its seventy-mile surrounding area. These ground-hugging, insect-grabbing plants are so small they could be crushed underfoot if people are

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Movie Palaces Past

Posted by - September 9, 2016

By Doug Dodson The year was 1906. Teddy Roosevelt was President and Wilmington was the largest city in North Carolina, with Charlotte hot on its heels. A form of entertainment which had been presented mostly at carnivals and traveling shows up to that time was going to find a home at 205 North Front Street.

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