The Pier

Jennette’s Pier,  on the Outer Banks at Nags Head,  has a surprisingly interesting history.   It’s now part of  the North Carolina Aquariums division of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources.   A couple of webcams show the weather activity there.  (Check them out on a stormy day. Yikes!)

Besides the marine activity, it’s also a site for other events, including weddings  That third floor offers a striking reception area.  BroJoe’s photos of the place at dawn are pretty enough to make me wonder if anyone has ever had a sunrise wedding there.

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I dropped a tear in the ocean, and whenever they find it I’ll stop loving you, only then – Anonymous

Hail, Columbia!

Columbia, the county seat of Tyrrell County,  is a small town located on the upper inner banks of the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  (Well, maybe you should look at a map.)


Near Columbia in Washington County, is  Somerset Place Plantation, located in what is now Pettigrew State Park.   In searching for her roots,  a social worker named Dorothy Spruill Redford learned that at she was descended of slaves who worked and lived at Somerset Place.  She eventually brought together over 2,000 descendants of  slaves and plantation owners–a Somerset Homecoming–in 1986.  She wrote about her experiences in a book:  Somerset Homecoming–Recovering a Lost Heritage and became curator of the plantation, working on restoration.  If you are ever in the area, Somerset Place is a fascinating place to visit.