Core Banks Club?

July 18, 2013 § Leave a comment

Googling around today, I’ve found a couple of references to the Core Banks Club and a man named John Hagan.

On the Virginia Episcopal School website, an update called “Core Banks Alumni Retreat” from Ron Hood:

This private club, with origins dating to 1902, has enjoyed a renaissance of sorts under the watchful guidance of the “Mayor of Davis,” John Hagan. The Hagan family, along with a small cadre of members, have a wonderful “operation” there, fully equipped to accommodate all manner of hunting and fishing activities.

A man named Henry Hagan writes an entry on his website, dated 7/10:

Beautiful warm sunny skies offset a howling wind at Cape Lookout during our Core Banks Club family vacation week!  All four of our children were with us, along with Brother John and our three labs!  Nancy and Graybo Murray, and Lind and Swanson Graves from Washingon NC joined in the fun. Blair had friends from Baltimore.  Sarah Sims and Dan Thornton had friends from their Elon days. Friends of friends even appeared!

Mr. Hagan includes some nice snapshots from the trip.

Putting this here in the hopes that it will lead me to find out more…..


Fish Gone Missing

July 15, 2013 § Leave a comment

From @CapeLookoutNPS on Twitter today: Did You Know? There was once a fish-shaped weathervane atop the Cape Lookout Lighthouse:


A link takes you to the photo above and this info on Facebook: There was once a fish-shaped weathervane on top of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse. At some point after the last Lighthouse Keeper was stationed here (after the 1950s), it was removed and disappeared.

WWII and Core Banks

July 11, 2013 § Leave a comment

I’ve not given much thought to World War II and the proximity of German U-boats to Core Banks, until now.  As it turns out, I’ve been writing about World War II heroes for the last year, part of a series for South Carolina ETV.  Now, here’s this WWII story that played out just miles from where I used to play on the beach.

A couple of links to get the research started.

First an interesting article, apparently submitted by a Tarheel Junior Historian. (I used to be one of those!)

Then, some information on a book about the topic: War Zone: World War II Off the North Carolina Coast by Kevin Duffus

ImageFrom a blurb about the book: “Learn about the intrepid men and women who defended America in little boats and in small planes; the truth behind the famous phrase “Sighted sub, sank same;” and the children who spied on German spies. Discover the real story behind the legends of secret agents, midget-submarine landings, a busload of naked Nazi U-boat POWs at New Bern, and the shelling of a chemical plant on Kure Beach.”

Core Banks Named for Coree?

July 1, 2013 § Leave a comment

Saw this text and photo today on the Cape Lookout National Seashore Facebook page:

Did You Know? Core Banks was named for the Coree (core-ee), a Native American tribe which likely used the islands as seasonal fishing grounds.

Photo of John White’s watercolor “Indians Fishing”

Very little is known of this tribe. This may be due in part to the fact that their numbers were significantly reduced before European contact as a result of war with another tribe. Between the villages Coranine and Raruta (located in coastal Carteret County), John Lawson’s records show that the tribe had 25 fighting men.

It is unclear if the Coree belonged to the Algonquian or Iroquoian language family. The tribe fought alongside the Iroquoian Tuscarora during the Tuscarora War. However, they were assigned to a refuge on Lake Mattamuskeet with other Algonquian tribes.

Although the Coree are extinct as a tribe, they may have descendants among the Tuscarora, Lumbee, and white and black communities near their reservation or native lands.

So this makes me curious about a number of things…including who is John Lawson?  And where are Coranine and Raruta?

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