Ray Midgett, Author at Washington Daily News

Columns

Fallen Heroes

This past Memorial Day was a solemn time for all of us as we honor those who have died while serving in the United States ... Read more

by Ray Midgett, Friday, June 3, 2022 1:27 pm

Columns

Captain Alpheous Styron, Entrepreneur

The article in the Washington Daily News earlier this week concerning the feasibility study of a passenger ferry between Washington and Ocracoke caught my eye. ... Read more

by Ray Midgett, Friday, May 20, 2022 4:13 pm

Columns

Is it Pamlico or is it Tar?

Visitors to Washington are often puzzled that the river that runs along the waterfront changes names as it passes the town. To the east of ... Read more

by Ray Midgett, Friday, May 6, 2022 4:34 pm

Columns

The Ocracoke – Washington Freighters: The Last of an Era of Maritime Commerce

I’m going to share this space today with my friend and local historian Blount Rumley, who wrote this article. Since the first colonists came to ... Read more

by Ray Midgett, Friday, April 8, 2022 5:36 pm

Columns

Washington’s Confederate Gunboats

The most productive years for Washington shipbuilders were between 1855 and 1856. The port’s growth appeared to slow very little until North Carolina seceded from ... Read more

by Ray Midgett, Friday, April 1, 2022 7:37 am

Columns

Washington becomes a center of shipbuilding

Following the nation’s birth, Washington continued as an important center of commerce for eastern North Carolina. Exports from the plantation along the Tar River to Washington ... Read more

by Ray Midgett, Thursday, March 10, 2022 4:58 pm

Columns

Growth of Washington as a river port part 1

Strolling on the promenade along Stewart Parkway today, one would be hard pressed to envision the scene of the busy waterfront from almost 250 years ... Read more

by Ray Midgett, Thursday, February 24, 2022 4:34 pm

Columns

The Heroic Pea Island Life-Savers

As a boy, on travels with my father down the Hatteras Island highway today known as NC Highway 12, we would pass the abandoned Coast ... Read more

by Ray Midgett, Thursday, February 10, 2022 5:28 pm

Columns

Revisiting The Castle

I’m a member of an informal workout group that meets most weekday mornings, rain or shine, hot or cold, at the Mac Hodges Festival Park ... Read more

by Ray Midgett, Thursday, January 27, 2022 7:29 pm

Columns

When the “Big Chill” Hit Eastern NC

Do you think the polar vortexes of late have made it unusually cold in eastern North Carolina? Granted, we know it’s been cold enough the ... Read more

by Ray Midgett, Friday, January 14, 2022 5:22 pm

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