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Crystal Coast Culture

Down East North Carolina Culture

The area that surrounds Core Sound is visually stunning and a tad haunting. The drive from historic Beaufort to the Blog Cabin home site along route 70 leads one past beautiful expanses of marsh land, shimmering waters, weather-beaten boat docks, clusters of humble beach cottages and an occasional abandoned home, slightly eschew and sinking slowly into the earth yet not quite ready to topple over. You can tell there’s a story here — of a unique fishing and farming culture and a close-knit community of people for whom traditions and family ties run generations deep.

In a new feature, we explore the area and its history, customs and culture. For if you win this home, you will want to immerse yourself immediately and entirely.


  • Posted at 3:22 pm on June 6, 2013
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  1. Thanks Mary, you didn't forget us after all.

    540sam on June 25, 2013 at 4:32 pm
  2. Thanks for the great post Mary. Interesting to learn that these people are choosing to go the eco route. and celebrate their history. But a few bars are ok too!!! A NC Core sound Williamsburgh type of living history community would be fantastic for young and old alike. Wonderful that DIY/Scripps is actively supporting this type of development. Hope to learn more .

    Ashtabulannie on June 25, 2013 at 5:08 pm
  3. Mary, Thank you for the new thread! I love learning more about the culture of the sound. I especially enjoy learning about the traditions that have maintained this community and the area for years. Without these traditions the communities probably wouldn't haven't survived. One of the things that I feel would be really important is to spend time with those who built the area and lived their so those traditions that are so important are carried on for future generations.

    I can only hope that if I were the new owner of the blog cabin, that I wouldn't be regarded as a "dingbatter" for very long!

    bythebaydreamer on June 25, 2013 at 5:43 pm
    • What I was told was once a Dingbatter,always a Dingbatter.At least I'm not considered a Dit Dot now.

      TonyE on June 28, 2013 at 10:30 pm
    • LOL You would indeed be considered a dingbatter. I've lived in the area for 13 years and I'm still considered a dingbatter.

      Jan Moore on July 31, 2013 at 11:58 am
  4. The older the town, the more to explore! Old community's tend to come with the kind of people that have pride and honer in what they do and the people they befriend. And you know there the ones to have you're back and help those they call friends!!!! B)

    asandmancan on June 25, 2013 at 6:27 pm
  5. Ahhhh, my kind of place. No highrises, lot's of nature, and the retro feel reminiscent of quieter, simpler times. It takes my breath away, and warms my heart.

    AnneEliseSouth on June 25, 2013 at 6:50 pm
  6. Thank you Mary for a new thread, We have missed You and we have been patiently waiting for something new.
    I Love the history of the old communities and the laid back atmosphere of the Sound and surrounding areas. Can't wait to see inside of Our Beautiful little Cottage..:)^_^<3 Couldn't we just have one peek of the inside??
    Maybe the Kitchen or the living room??? Please!!!!:p:)^_^B)<3

    Jennie/Florida on June 25, 2013 at 8:03 pm
    • Dearest Jennie~~speaking of threads~~ hope you will see this note and go back a thread to the June 10 Thread, where I posted a message to you, dear Friend, about Sweet Whiskers. I just found out last night, since i haven't been able to be on the Blog. Please read when you can. Much love<3:'(<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on June 28, 2013 at 4:35 pm
  7. Really enjoyed reading this bit of history. My father was a seaman who moved to the Great Lakes region from Norway. When I was still young, he retired and the family then moved to a fresh water lake in the country. This brings back many happy memories of times spent with him fishing and enjoying all that nature has to offer.

    joyfulj9 on June 25, 2013 at 8:40 pm
  8. Thanks for the new post, Mary. There's nothing like community and close knit ties.

    Lessie on June 25, 2013 at 8:57 pm
  9. Mary,
    Thank you for this terrific history and culture posting.
    Having just read the excellent article, I couldn't agree more with the final quote:
    "Blog Cabin is just the right kind of project because it's taking an old house and fixing it up with respect for the history, environment and culture."
    Excellent Job!

    Lester B. on June 25, 2013 at 9:52 pm
    • You said it, and I agree 100%! Thanks Mary! Now tell us who won the SH!!! lol

      nanaofsix on June 25, 2013 at 10:03 pm
    • I read on the blog cabin site that they're going to be showing it July 16th and also have entries again on July 29th. Now I don't know and understand how true that is when the entry deadline was in May, but I'm just telling you what I read, so go to the site and check it out. Maybe it was a misprint or a mistake on somebody's behalf that needs to be looked into and have that announcement removed if it's not true.

      Mickey on June 27, 2013 at 8:38 am
    • For the Blog Cabin that is true. I was asking Mary to reveal or a clue on who won the Smart Home. :) I cannot wait to see the virtual tour of the Blog Cabin in Mid July!!! Too Excited!!! xD

      nanaofsix on June 27, 2013 at 9:50 am
    • The deadline for the HGTV Smart Home was May. The Blog Cabin has always been July.

      540sam on June 28, 2013 at 7:10 am
  10. Mary thanks for the new post and I agree with Lester and it is nice to be reading the comments

    Lettucefields on June 26, 2013 at 12:47 am

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