Ray Midgett, Author at Washington Daily News


Above and beyond the call to duty

In recognition of Veterans Day, I want to honor a Union soldier, Corporal Wilson Smith, who was a member of the occupying force in Washington ... Read more

by Ray Midgett, Thursday, November 10, 2022 4:16 pm


Flashback 1941: 8-foot shark netted in Pamlico River

Early on August 9, 1941, when it was still legal to use nets in the Pamlico River to harvest fish, Rion Day, a local fish ... Read more

by Ray Midgett, Friday, September 16, 2022 4:50 pm


Washington’s Historic Storm Warning Tower

Over one hundred years ago, when coastal shipping was a primary method of moving goods to market, the Federal government realized that a system was ... Read more

by Ray Midgett, Friday, August 12, 2022 11:04 am


Remembering John Respess McClaud

My friend Stephen Ferrell, the Reference Specialist/Genealogist at Brown Library, recently shared news clippings about John Respess McClaud, a street vendor born of formerly enslaved ... Read more

by Ray Midgett, Monday, July 25, 2022 5:02 pm


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


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


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


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


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


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

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