Carolina Shore - Ocean, Seafood, History & More!

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    EUE/Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington, NC

    Well, just a last post (for the moment ;)) about another 'new' activity for us in the Wilmington area - the film industry - North Carolina is one of the major states for the film/TV industry, in part due to the state incentives for financing these expensive projects.

    A major studio in the area is EUE/Screen Gems Studios - a quote from their website HERE - take a look, pretty amazing place - we did a tour which was conducted by film students on internships there (they were young and so enthusiastic) - just one pic below of the studios - Iron Man 3 (if you've seen the film) was filmed there using nearly all of the studios - Dave :)

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    Well, I had forgotten about my Carolina Coastal Travelogue, so duplicating a post left earlier in the history thread about Roanoke Island which is the isle crossed on HW 64 to reach the northern Outer Banks; the other 'southern' option is a ferry ride (w/ your car) from Cedar Island near Beaufort, North Carolina to Ocracoke Island - we made the latter 'water trip' in the mid-1970s, and have taken the northern route about a half dozen times over the decades.

    SO, I'll be adding some more posts on the North Carolina coastal area, including in a month or so a return trip for us to the Beaufort-Moorehead City-Atlantic Beach area - Dave :)

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    Roanoke Island - First English Colony on North Carolina Coast Found Deserted in 1590?

    In 1585, the first attempt to establish an English settlement was on Roanoke Island (about a 4 1/2 hr drive for us - see maps below) - Sir Walter Raleigh was the impetus w/ the help of Elizabeth I behind the colony although he never traveled there - our state capital is named after him (and the state of Virginia after Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen). The island lies between the mainland and the upper Outer Banks of North Carolina (site of the 1903 flight of the Wright Brothers).

    Virginia Dare (grand daughter of John White, the governor of Roanoke Island) was the first 'English child' born in the American colonies. White was also an excellent artist and made many watercolors of the American Natives, their culture, and the nearby flora & fauna - an excellent exhibit of his original paintings was held at the NC Museum of History not too long ago (I may have posted pics in one of the forums here?). The Spanish Armada in 1585 delayed a return to Roanoke Island and on this day in 1590, White finally arrived and found a deserted colony which remains unexplained to this day.

    On Roanoke Island today, there is a National Historic site (pics below) which has a number of attractions, including an outdoor drama, The Lost Colony - the now deceased actor & television star, Andy Griffith performed in the drama from 1947 to 1953 in the role of Raleigh. Also, one of the three NC Aquariums is located on the island and is worth a visit. Dave :)

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    Roanoke Island - John White - David Stick (author)

    Well, I've reactivated this travel thread w/ a discussion of Roanoke Island, the first attempt to establish an English colony in the Americas in the 1580s; of course, the first 'permanent' one was Jamestown on the James River in Virginia in 1607 (all named after the English King, James I). John White (c. 1540 - c. 1593) was the governor of the Roanoke colony, and the grandfather of Virginia Dare, the first English child born in the Americas - he was also a wonderful watercolor artist and left numerous paintings of his observations of the Native Americans of the area and their culture, along w/ images of the flora and fauna in the vicinity. He returned in 1590 (delayed by funding issues because of the Spanish Armada of 1585) to find his colony deserted and never found his family.

    White's paintings are preserved in the British Museum and nearly 10 years ago were on tour, including a visit to the NC Museum of History, which Susan & I attended - BOY, these are much better seen 'in person' and are in remarkable condition for watercolors from the late 16th century! Pics below are just a few of the examples of White's art - some are the paintings while others are engravings, especially from Theodor de Bry, as described in the quotes below.

    Finally, David Stick (1919-2009), a resident of the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and a local historian who has written a number of books about the Banks - I own several of his publications, including the one shown below, Roanoke Island - The Beginnings of English America (1983, almost 400 years after the colony was started) - if you plan to visit the island, then the book is highly recommended. Dave :)

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    Scifan.. - great link - thanks! I had not really kept track of that research, just so much going on in this area of the USA concerning historic origins and relationships - I guess someone needs to update Stick's book w/ another chapter? Dave :)
     
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    In a sense it's no longer a lost colony anymore since we now know the fate of some of the colonists. It'll be interesting if further research reveals if there are any living descendants of these colonists.
     
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    Well, you're right w/ the finding of Virginia Dare - stated that she died at about 20 y/o - I imagine if those 'lost colonists' were enslaved, could she have reproduced? Would require a lot of further (and expensive) research, but who knows? Dave :)
     
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    Outer Banks North Carolina - Part 1

    The Outer Banks of North Carolina is a major tourist attraction - brief description below. The first map shows the geographic extent of these islands, north from the Corolla area, through the communities of Duck, Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, and Nags Head, all near Roanoke Island (just a reminder to visit the Roanoke Island Aquarium, one of three in NC) - continuing south over the bridge at Oregon Inlet and toward the Hatteras Lighthouse; finally a short ferry ride connects the southern portion of the Outer Banks on Ocracoke Island.

    In the northern portion of the banks, there are plenty of places to stay and some excellent restaurants - up near Corolla, wild horses can be seen and my favorite of the half dozen or so major NC coastal lighthouses is there, i.e. the Currituck Lighthouse - love the exposed brick (being such a lighthouse lover, I'll put together a post on these structures). Of course, there are plenty of outdoor activities, too numerous to mention. And finally, at Kill Devil Hills near Kitty Hawk, in 1903, the Wright Brothers made their famous flight(s) w/ Wilbur on the plane, which is now in the National Air and Space Museum, as shown below.

    In the second part of this Outer Banks posting, I'll continue south to Ocracoke Island - Dave :)

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    I've seen a full scale replica of the Wright plane at the Museum of Science and Technology in Chicago. It uses an original Wright engine and was actually flown.
     
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    I've been to that Chicago Museum many times but has been a while - I'm sure that I saw the replica if it was there on my visits - cannot remember - there is SO MUCH to see in that place!

    But just another pic below from the Kill Devil Hills flight, along w/ a quote - Dave :)

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