State Archives of North Carolina

For two hundred years, rice was grown on large plantations in eastern North Carolina.  We get the backstory on this lucrative crop and we hear from a farmer who’s continuing the tradition in Chatham County.

  Tuscarora descendants from New York state and eastern North Carolina honored their ancestors at a recent ceremony in Snow Hill.  This week on the Down East Journal, we talk about the Battle of Nooherooka fought between settlers and the Tuscarora people in the 1700’s.  And, a great strawberry season is just around the corner.  We speak with growers in eastern North Carolina about a pesky virus  stunting some plants growth and how little impact the problem will have on yield.

This week on the Down East Journal, it's part two of our migrant farm worker series.  Today, we talk about the growers responsibility to provide free housing and clean drinking water to farm workers.  And, how one coastal county is working to control its feral cat population, while another seaside community is working to "beef up" its feral cat population.

This week on the Down East Journal, it's part one of a two-part feature focusing on migrant farm workers in eastern North Carolina.  We talk to the author of a study that found a third of camps where they live had contaminated drinking water.  And, a new book by a Chapel Hill author examines the similarities and disparities in the lives of two pre-Civil War era soldiers in the book, "Two Captains From Carolina."