2014: East Carolina Eats Hello, and welcome to the 2014 edition of Life on the Pamlico. For this edition, students in my Cultural Studies class studied the culture surrounding food in Eastern North Carolina. Food is a defining quality in the Southeastern part of the United States, and in Eastern North Carolina, the tradition of gathering around the table for Sunday dinner carries a special significance.
Over the course of the semester, my students have honed their research and writing skills. They conducted interviews both on and off camera, and the video clips from these interviews can be viewed on our YouTube page. Within the pages of this edition, you’ll find copies of generations-old recipes as well as a glance into more than one kitchen.
Traditions, family, and food all go hand-in-hand in Eastern North Carolina. In the pages of this text, you will learn about the origins of favorite Southern dishes and a secret family recipe or two. Thank you for joining us for the “East Carolina Eats” edition of Life on the Pamlico. Enjoy!
Suzanne Stotesbury, Editor
2013 Welcome to the 2013 issue of Life on the Pamlico. New and exciting things are happening with our publication, and we are happy to share them with you!
Students in my Cultural Studies class at Beaufort County Community College this Spring semester have worked very hard writing biographies and stories of local interest for this year’s edition. Over the course of the semester, they have learned and implemented in- terview and research skills to bring the very best to this edition of our publication.
A new addition to the Life on the Pamlico repertoire is video, an addition suggested by James E. Casey, our designer. Take a moment to view the preview, using interviews the students conducted. Additional videos of the full interviews are available on our YouTube page. It is the staff’s desire to include more multimedia elements in future editions.
Students wrote stories on a wide variety of topics this year. Inside, readers will learn about the life of a family of fisherman from Belhaven, Washington business owners who bring a different type of cultural flair to the area, and how one octogenarian couple continues to build a thriving relationship in Pinetown. A successful saxophonist shares a story of his unique relationship with his instrument, and the tales of farmers, teachers, and home- makers who have lived in Eastern North Carolina have all been preserved by the articles written by the students in this course.
This year’s edition also includes stories based a little farther away from the Pamlico River area including a Martin County urban legend, a bed and breakfast in Greenville, and non-profit organizations in the area that strive to help others. Please read on to learn about these and other pieces of the cultural heritage of life on the Pamlico and Eastern North Carolina. The students, staff, and I hope you enjoy reading this edition of Life on the Pamlico.
Suzanne Stotesbury, Editor
As you read this year's issue, download a copy of the Life on the Pamlico theme music written and performed by local string band Carolina Still, and sit back and imagine the quiet, easy flow of the Pamlico.
2012 Welcome to the 2012 issue of Life on the Pamlico.
Students in my Cultural Studies class this Spring semester have worked very hard writing the biographies in this issue. They interviewed their subjects many times in order to preserve the memories they have for generations to come.
In this issue are many stories about those who have lived in Eastern North Carolina. Some were born heresome were born abroadand some were born in other states. But they all spent time living here.
You’ll enjoy a fascinating story about an Italian immigrant who eventually decided to bring his family to Washington, NC, and provide authentic Italian food, and support for local athletics, to the community. Also, read about a woman born in the mountains of Virginia, whose father was the first farmer to breed Angus cows and buffalo to market Beefalo!
All of the stories within document hard working, persevering, family-oriented people who recognized the value of religion and community while raising their familieswithout the luxuries of life we now enjoy. Relive their Lives on the Pamlico.
Welcome to the 2011 issue of Life on the Pamlico, the second edition of our new online, digital format. When we first discussed a redesign of the LOTP publication, we had only begun to realize the possibilities that a purely digital format would afford. It is a paradox of sorts, in that technologies so thoroughly alien to many of the subjects here, have become such an asset in preserving these glimpses of the past.
With this edition, we have reproduced not only images of the people profiled here but also some of the documents—records of marriage, employment, publications—which serve to flesh out the lives chronicled in these pages. As a design prinicple, we have tried to balance a modern, magazine-style layout with the vintage aesthetic of a shoebox full of old photos, spread out on the kitchen table.
But above all, the varied experiences sketched out in this edition, whether of profound hardships or manifest joys, speak together of a complex past that we would do well not only to remember but also to celebrate: the rich culture of Life on the Pamlico.
Welcome to the 2010 issue of Life on the Pamlico – a journal of oral histories from residents of coastal North Carolina. This issue is a continuation of a tradition at Beaufort County Community College that dates back to 1981.
Originally published in paperback, LOTP is now published exclusively online. Earlier issues have been digitized and are available in the Archives.
The format has changed from a question and answer style to biographical narratives. Students in my Cultural Studies college transfer class spent this fall semester interviewing residents of our area (most of whom are relatives) and wrote their stories to preserve the richness that was their way of life – for generations to come. Find a comfortable chair, pour a glass of sweet tea, and learn about how life used to be – Downeast Style.
Miss Ella Bonner, School teacher
Mr. & Mrs. Albert Jones of Blounts Creek
A Photographic Essay of Bath
Summer 1985 Mrs. Bertha Webb of Plymouth
John A. Wilkinson: Attorney and Man for all Seasons
Winter 84-85 Washington Collegiate Institute, 1913-1930s
An Old House in Hyde County
The Holiday House of Washington
Spring 1984 Carolina Seafood Company
Vernon Waters of Pinetown
The Wahabs of Ocracoke Island
Winter 1983-84 The Grande Ole Bayview Hotel
Robert Hodges, Potter
Looking Back With Annie Elizabeth Guthrie
Looking Back: Phate Hodges Remembers Old Times
Summer 1983 The Curse of Bath Kirby Avery Skins an Otter Baseball in Beaufort County--An Old Timer Remembers Mr. "Tee Wee" Blount Describes the Jamesville Easter Monday Herring Festival A Concise History of Ocracoke Island