Ray Midgett, Author at Washington Daily News

Columns

Cousin Rasmus to the rescue: a medal-winning tale

This week I want to share a story of the heroism of my Outer Banks distant cousin, Rasmus Midgett (1851–1926). Like many men on the ... Read more

by Ray Midgett, Thursday, October 7, 2021 5:46 pm

Columns

History of the U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in Washington

Today I wish to share the history of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in Washington, NC. I have been a member of the local Flotilla ... Read more

by Ray Midgett, Wednesday, September 22, 2021 2:27 pm

Columns

Washington’s storm-warning tower

123 years ago, coastal shipping was still an essential method of moving goods to market. The Federal government recognized that a system was needed to ... Read more

by Ray Midgett, Friday, September 10, 2021 2:38 pm

Columns

Unnamed but powerful: the hurricane of 1913

Those of us that have lived in Washington for the past twenty or so years aren’t strangers to dealing with tropical storms or hurricanes. Our ... Read more

by Ray Midgett, Thursday, August 12, 2021 5:23 pm

Columns

Beaufort County’s Civil War union volunteers

Most history buffs in Beaufort County know following North Carolina’s secession from the Union that several Confederate volunteer regiments formed in Washington and the surrounding ... Read more

by Ray Midgett, Friday, July 23, 2021 4:23 pm

Columns

There must have been something in the water

During the latter half of the 19th Century, one of the most popular spots in the countryside surrounding Washington was a rustic place known as ... Read more

by Ray Midgett, Thursday, July 8, 2021 4:39 pm

Columns

A Quixotic quest-we may never know

As a kid growing up on Hatteras Island, I heard of old windmills that once populated the Outer Banks. Unfortunately, the only remnants were the ... Read more

by Ray Midgett, Friday, June 25, 2021 7:31 pm

Columns

The paving of downtown Washington

By 1890, the City of Washington had finally recovered from the economic disaster that was the Civil War. Maritime commerce was once again booming, and ... Read more

by Ray Midgett, Thursday, June 10, 2021 11:24 am

Community Columns

Come join us at the Historic Port of Washington

Washington’s most important asset is its riverfront. A walk along Stewart Parkway on most days reveals folks engaged in numerous activities: strolling their dogs, enjoying ... Read more

by Ray Midgett, Friday, October 14, 2016 10:06 pm

Community Columns

Pamlico’s Past: Washington and the US Coast Guard

Today, Aug. 4, is the day celebrated as Coast Guard Day or the birthday of the U. S. Coast Guard. You may be intrigued to ... Read more

by Ray Midgett, Wednesday, August 3, 2016 3:37 pm