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Like any sport, Kayaking isn’t for everyone, but the simple satisfaction of paddling down a meandering stream, across a tranquil lake or along some of North Carolina’s windy Atlantic coastline is a strong draw for many. Whether your goal is peaceful alone time exploring creeks and other waterways for the sheer joy of seeing where they lead, or an invigorating experience maneuvering through mountain rapids or along a particularly rough stretch of ocean coastline, it’s a sport that will no doubt provide exactly what you seek – peace, or adventure, or a combination of the two.
The Best Places to Paddle
Atkinson, North Carolina’s Three Sisters Swamp, along the Black River, lives up to is reputation as the perfect blackwater kayaking destination. The dark color of this remote swamp’s eerie waters comes from tannins in the water, a marshland containing some of the oldest bald cypress trees on earth. The flow of water through this swamp turns and shifts between the majestic cypress, making the 12-mile stretch of water ideal for more serious paddlers.
For kayakers who crave more of a true white-knuckle kayaking experience, the 20-mile long Cheoah River is fun and challenging. You’ll face both Class IV and Class V rapids on this thrilling run, coming up against boulder fields, a 12-foot waterfall, and some extremely heavy currents along the way. For classic whitewater rafting, the Cheoah River is perfect for expert kayakers.
Lake Johnson, just outside of Raleigh, is the ideal destination for those who seek a more relaxing, family-oriented adventure. Kayaks, canoes, pedal boats and sailboats are all allowed on this glassy-surfaced lake where routes along some of the more remote sections of the lake will allow you to explore a variety of terrain, including marshy wetlands and the rambling waters of Walnut Creek. A lack of power boats on this lake will create a true sense of peaceful exploration – perfect for kayakers who are just starting out or simply wish to have a more low-key paddling experience.
Which Kayak is Right for You?
When it comes to selecting the right kayak, it’s important to keep in mind where you plan on using it, your skill level, and how much you’re willing to spend.
For kayaking on very calm waters – lakes or smooth-flowing rivers, for instance – a sit-on-top kayak might suit your needs.
Sit-on-top kayaks are easy to board and get out of, which is ideal for children or beginners.
Although chances of getting wet are greater with this type of kayak, when it’s warm out, this type of non-enclosed seating is ideal.
Ride-on-top kayaks often have greater storage than a sit-in kayak, although they are heavier to carry and store.
A sit-in kayak, quicker to paddle than a sit-on-top for most people, is the more common of the two varieties.
Sit-in kayaks are more comfortable to sit inside when the air and water outside are cooler.
With a sit-in kayak, you’ll need to be able to accomplish a “wet exit” – successfully getting out of a kayak when it capsizes or becomes flooded – which involves a bit more training than some people are willing to go through.
Some individuals find this type of kayak more fun than a sit-on-top one since there is a greater sense of maneuverability and room inside the kayak for positioning your legs and lower body.
Kayaks are further broken down according to how and where the kayak will be used. Recreational kayaks are usually affordable, easy to maneuver, easy to carry and most suitable for shorter, more recreational trips. Day touring, sit-in kayaks are sleeker, faster, and more costly than simple recreational kayaks, and they’re easier to transport, being shorter than recreational ones. Sit-in sea kayaks are longer and are most efficiently used when paddling over greater distances, such as in coastal kayaking.
Specialty kayaks include folding kayaks, inflatable kayaks, kayaks-for-2 (or “tandem” kayaks), and even foot-pedaled kayaks! A kayak exists for every skill level and for every budget.
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It doesn’t happen often that a unique property with a sterling reputation and proven business income becomes available in our area. When that property includes 13 acres, a restored and updated plantation house that dates originally to the early 1800s, several original outbuildings, a pecan orchard with 21 mature trees along with a variety of other trees, and a magnificent showcase Magnolia tree, it is truly a one-of-a-kind offering. The Magnolia Manor could be your primary residence if the business wasn’t part of your dream. For more information and other photos and maps, visit the property here!
With the first day of North Carolina deer hunting season little more than a month away – in most zones archery season starts on or around September 7 – it pays to be aware of hunting rules and to familiarize yourself with some tips and tactics that will help you get the most out of your 2019 deer hunting experience.
Regulations, Limits & Licenses
Archery season kicks off fall hunting on September 7th for a period of between 3 weeks in the Northeastern and Southeastern zones of the state to 10 weeks or more in the wild western part of North Carolina. Blackpowder and gun hunting seasons follow shortly thereafter, and on one special date, Youth Deer Hunting Day – September 28, in 2019 – individuals under the age of 18 may hunt deer using any legal weapon to do so, although adults 18 and older are only allowed to use the weapon that is legal for the season.
Some of the most basic rules and regulations for deer hunting season are the following:
Anyone hunting deer – including those under 18, on Youth Deer Hunting Day – during a firearms season or hunting with archery equipment on a Sunday is obliged to wear bright orange clothing that is visible from any direction.
The use of commercially available mineral supplements to feed and attract deer is permitted anywhere in the state with the exception of private game lands, although the placement of any processed foods as bait is specifically forbidden during black bear season.
Although there is no daily bag limit, the season and possession limit is six deer. The limit includes two antlered and two antlerless animals; additional antlerless deer are sometimes allowed during archery season.
Hunting licenses are sold to the public through the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission which will regulate when and where hunting activities might take place. A license may ONLY be purchased if a hunter is able to provide a hunter’s education certificate of competency, a NC hunting heritage apprentice permit, or an NC hunting license obtained prior to July of 2013.
Exceptions to these rules include –
Youth under the age of 16 who are accompanied by a properly licensed adult;
A landowner who hunts primarily for the purposes of cultivation;
A state resident who is a member of the Armed Forces serving outside of North Carolina, or who is on military duty outside the state but who is on leave inside the state for 30 days or less.
Certain deer hunting zones allow the use of hunting dogs, and some do not. Generally speaking, zones in the Eastern part of the state allow the use of dogs, and zones in the West prohibit their use.
Game Lands Regulations
North Carolina’s Wildlife Resources Commission oversees over 2,000,000 acres of both public and private lands in our state for the purpose of hunting, trapping and inland fishing. In addition to a standard hunting license, a permit is required through the Commission to hunt, trap, train dogs or participate in field trials (events in which hunting dogs compete with one another) on game lands. Seasonal hunting dates apply to public and private game lands just as they do elsewhere in the state, though motorized vehicles on game lands are only allowed in areas in which they are specifically allowed. Finally, it is against the law to discharge a weapon on public or private game lands from a vehicle or within 150 yards of any residence or official building. Firearms may be carried either openly or concealed, with a valid concealed handgun permit.
Urban Archery Season
Some municipalities now allow periodic deer hunting in order to reduce deer populations in their cities and towns. Certain public areas within those zones allow for the harvesting of deer of either sex, with seasonal bag and possession limits applying just as they do for the general archery season. Private landowners are under no obligation to allow hunting on their property during Urban Archery Season, but with proper written permission, hunters may utilize private lands.
Enjoying the Sport of Fly Fishing in North Carolina
For a peaceful afternoon outdoors, it’s hard to beat a fly fishing outing on the gently flowing waters of a mountain stream or along the tranquil shores of a North Carolina lake or pond. Avid fishermen and newcomers alike are drawn to this pastime that not only offers a calming, almost meditative approach to catching fish, but affords an opportunity to enjoy fishing in its most basic form.
The Fly Fishing Experience
What primarily differentiates fly fishing from traditional fishing is the lightweight lure, called a fly, that is used to attract and catch fish. The fly is cast into the water using a rod and reed that are unique to the sport, and a technique for casting that requires plenty of patience and, for some, a great deal of practice. The lightweight fly is carried on a line that is heavier than traditional fishing line: a quality that helps the line travel through the air in much the same motion as the flow of a whip. This motion of casting with the heavier line forms a sort of trademark loop, which should unroll completely before the fly at the end eventually touches the surface of the water.
Fly fishing in a lake is unique in that there is no flow of water; fish tend to hide in the depths of the water during the daytime, which makes day fishing in a lake more of a challenge than in a stream. Lake fishing is most typically done at dusk or well into the nighttime, even, when fish tend to come to the surface to forage for food and often rely on moonlight to light up insects floating or swimming on the surface.
All that is required, really, in the way of fly fishing equipment is A) a fly fishing rod, B) fly fishing reel, and, most critically, C) the flies themselves,
Fly fishing rods are lightweight, flexible and durable. They are classified by a weight system ranging from 0-3 weight rods, for the very smallest fish, all the way up to 11 weight or larger, used for catching the largest fish in saltwater or in lakes. The choice of a rod weight depends not only on the type of fish you are fishing, but the body of water being fished, the type of fly used, and weather at the time of fishing. The length of a rod generally runs between 6’ and 15’, with most falling within the 8-9’ range.
The type of reel used is important in that the reel is responsible for allowing the line and lure to fly as weightlessly and far out into the body of water you’re fishing as possible. Fly line weight and rod weight both need to match the weight of the fly reel so that a reel won’t fail when a heavy fish is caught… and then lost due to the reel’s incapacity to handle the heavier line.
Ask any two fly fishermen to show you their favorite, most productive flies and you are likely to be shown two that are very different from one another. The best fly for a certain geographical zone will match the aquatic insect life of that area – the bugs (from larvae stage to adult), worms and minute fish that trout and other fish like to eat. Generally-speaking, there are a variety of flies designed to represent these different types of insects in various environments. What is called a dry fly, for instance, mimics an adult insect that has broken the surface of the water. A streamer appears as a leech, crayfish or other small fish, which are critical food sources for many fish. Saltwater flies represent shrimp, crab or baitfish, and nymphs are designed to imitate young insects – larvae – that live in the water.
Other equipment that might be necessary but not critical for your fly fishing excursion are a net, fly fishing vest for all your gear, good sunglasses, and waders, which will allow you to get as far out into the water as necessary and still stay dry.
Where to Enjoy the Best Fly Fishing in North Carolina
The Blue Ridge, Appalachian and Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina are your best bet for the most productive trout fishing steams. The three main varieties of trout – book, rainbow and brown trout – are all available to fish in over 3,000 miles of these scenic western waters. The renowned North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail encompasses a total of 15 spots that are known to provide the best of the best trout fishing resources in the Smokies, including Whitewater River, Scott Creek, and the Davidson River.
Bountiful fly fishing lake locations include Jordan Lake, just west of Raleigh; beautiful Lake James, between Burke and McDowell Counties; and Lake Chatuge, on the North Carolina/ Georgia border.
Saltwater fly fishing for tarpon, striped bass, redfish or sailfish along coastal waters is generally done from the deck of a boat that is specially designed to provide stability, plenty of storage for rods, and room for casting. Ocracoke Island and the Outer Banks are prime North Carolina saltwater fishing grounds.
Early in 1933, at the peak of our nation’s Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt realized that construction of a scenic route linking two new national parks – the Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks – would not only attract tourists to a part of the country that had previously been all but inaccessible, but would also provide much-needed jobs at a time when poverty in the mountains of Virginia and North Carolina was severely affecting rural populations there. Roosevelt approved the concept of the new motorway, and two years later the magnificent new Blue Ridge Parkway was under construction.
Visiting the Parkway
Today, millions of visitors annually drive along the scenic roads of the Blue Ridge Parkway – more visitors, in fact, than view the Grand Canyon, Yosemite and Yellowstone parks combined. Stretching from the northern tip of the roadway in Front Royal, Virginia all the way down to Cherokee, North Carolina to the south, it is considered by many to be the most beautiful stretch of roadway in the U.S., renowned for stunning vistas, outstanding hiking trails, and peaceful outlooks along 469 miles of picturesque roadway.
The enormity of the 52-year project is evident form the sheer number of both natural and man-made features along its spectacular route:
The nation’s highest peak east of the Mississippi River and highest in the Appalachians: Mitchell, at almost 6,700 feet.
26 tunnels, almost all in North Carolina
The deepest gorge east of the Mississippi: Linville Gorge, comprising almost 12,000 acres around the Linville River
America’s largest house in America: the Biltmore Estate, in Asheville, NC
Over 250 scenic overlooks, offering breathtaking views and opportunities for hikes and picnics.
Blue Ridge Highlights
Marked by milepost stops along the way, dozens of the Parkway’s scenic viewpoints offer unique and interesting places to explore and things to do.
Grandfather Mountain. Near Linville, North Carolina, Grandfather Mountain features a nature museum, daily educational programs, walking and hiking opportunities and the famous Mile High Swinging Bridge: the nation’s highest suspension footbridge.
Chimney Rock, at Chimney Rock State Park. Hiking trails or a thrilling elevator ride to the top of the Rock provide spectacular mountain views. This family-friendly park includes the Animal Discovery Den, Great Woodland Adventure Trail for kids, musical entertainment, especially during the warm summer months, and rock climbing and rappelling for all ages and skill levels.
Mast General Store at Valle Crucis. A visit to the famed, original Mast General Store in Valle Crucis is like taking a step back to a time when a local general store provided crucial supplies, a place for farmers and craftspeople to trade their items, and a social hub to local rural communities.
Cherokee, NC. Located in the center of the western portion of the state, Cherokee is a sovereign native American nation and one of the best jumping off points for exploring Appalachia and the Great Smokies.
Sliding Rock. Located close to Brevard and Asheville the Pisgah National Forest, the legendary natural water slide called Sliding Rock entertains thousands of visitors each year with opportunities to ride the water down the 60-foot sloping boulder into an 8-foot pool at the foot.
Folk Art Center. Asheville’s Folk Art Center is in fact a museum, store and visitors’ center displaying ongoing exhibitions of Appalachian arts and crafts and offering educational events, craft demonstrations and unique shopping opportunities.
Linville Falls. The spectacular 3-tiered waterfall is accessed via one of two scenic hiking routes, one of which is markedly more strenuous than the other. Plunging into Linville Gorge, the spectacular Falls are visible from multiple surrounding overlooks.
256 Old Express Road in Louisburg, North Carolina $949,000
Private yet close enough to Raleigh & Durham, this modern Executive Country Estate is a one-of-a-kind lifestyle property offering the best in luxury living and recreational opportunities.
Starting off, this Beautiful Home was created By Award Winning Designer Stephen Fuller at Design Traditions Atlanta. This Home overlooks most of the entire 115 acres, pool, driving range, motocross track, pastures, equestrian facilities, and abundant wildlife.
Coming in the home, you are dazzled with the open floor plan and surround views of the property. Many updates and improvements have been done over the years, including the kitchen with granite counter tops, stainless appliances, custom bar area and more!
The spacious dining room is elegant, with coffered ceilings and recessed lights, and is adjacent to the home office area. A nice breakfast nook too, and All spaces open to the amazing Great Room, with towering stone fireplace and custom built-in shelves. Enjoy easy access to the upper back decks and screened in porch that overlooks the pool and grounds.
The first floor master bedroom is spacious and offers a private door to the back deck. And the extra large master bath has custom tile, double vanities with granite, stand-up enclosed glass shower and master closet.
There is a half bath on the first floor and moving upstairs, there are 3 spacious bedrooms, 2 that share a Jack & Jill bath and other with separate full bath.
The Daylight Walk out Basement comes complete with game room and pool table, kitchenette, large family room with stone fireplace, extra room with and full bath, and exercise room! The Stand-By Generator keeps you going, even if the power goes down! Internet is provided by HughesNet Generation 5.
Moving outside, the grounds are immaculately maintained and offer incredible views of the rolling hills topography, and pool! The outdoor space and pool areas are setup for easy entertaining with outdoor kitchen, custom bar with granite countertops, stone accents, and Underdeck Oasis Ceiling System that keeps you and the equipment Dry! You and your family will enjoy jumping into your refreshing pool -and Walk – don’t run! – barefoot by your refreshing pool – it’s got a “Cool Deck” coating for keeping feet comfy in the sun. With plenty of room for entertaining, it’s the perfect summer scene.
For the golf enthusiast, enjoy your Outdoor Driving Range – with marked yardage up to 325 Yards!
For the equestrian lover, the Approximately 70 X 36 foot Morton Building Horse Barn has 4 stalls, tack room, wash stall, hot and cold water, bathroom with washer-dryer hookup, custom workbenches, concrete flooring and more!
Approximately 10 Acres are fenced for Horses and other livestock, and this farm also offers a nice Riding arena.
For the motocross lover and whole family, enjoy this well-maintained Motocross track with rhythm sections, double, tabletops, about 20 Jumps overall, and a fun track that’s over a mile long.
Alleyways allow for easy access to all pastures and areas of the Estate, and there are Miles of functional and decorative split rail fencing. Enjoy the beautiful wooded areas perfect for horseback riding or walks. Approximately 60 Acres are fenced-and-crossed-fenced for cattle, with Water in all pastures, currently being cut for hay. Sandy Creek runs the width of the property, so bring your fishing poles!
Wildlife? You bet! Enjoy the varied wildlife from the expansive deck or inside from the breakfast nook, from Great Blue Herons, Geese, Deer, Turkey, Red Tail Hawks and even the occasional eagle, lots of songbirds and hummingbirds
The farm is currently the proud home to …
2 Geese, 2 Donkeys (Scooby and Elvis), 1 Alpaca (Dude), 1 Peahen, 5 goats, 1 Longhorn Steer (Charger), 1 Mini Brahma Steer (Babe), 1 Cow (Lazarus), 3 Crazy Emus (Moe-Larry-Curly), 1 Mini Pot-Belly Pig (Lumpy), 3 Mini Horses (Festus, Tess and Lamont), Retired Champion Barrel Horse (Cheyenne) along with 6 other horses Amigo, Ruby, Teaser, Tango, Charlie Brown, and Mia), Spoiled Rotten Jack Russel (Ellie Mae), Rescued Cutest Ugly Mutt Ever (Foreman), Rescued Nearly Blind and Deaf Sweet Old Man Beagle (Snoopy), Rescued Sweet as Honey Walker Hound Hunting Dog (Honey)
Inquire about the additional acreage and home available next door! Don’t miss this opportunity to own this Peaceful and quiet private oasis a half mile off the main road, but close enough to Wake Forest, Raleigh, Durham and RDU Airport! 256 Old Express Road in Louisburg, North Carolina $949,000.
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The North Carolina coastline, stretching further out into the Atlantic Ocean than any other point of land north of central Florida, is a hot spot of recreational water activities, including, of course, boating, surfing and world-renowned saltwater fishing. The 200-mile long stretch of barrier islands known as the Outer Banks as well as areas to the south of the OBX provide some of the richest fishing waters in the world.
East Coast Currents, Gulf Stream Waters
Marlin Fishing in NC!
The Outer Banks, separating mainland North Carolina – Pamlico Sound, Currituck Sound and Albemarle Sound – from the Atlantic Ocean, is home to warm sandy beaches and town upon town of picture-perfect oceanside communities, each with its own unique personality. Fishing excursions typically depart out of Hatteras, Manteo and the Oregon Inlet, whereas those to the south of the Outer Banks and Ocracoke island most often use Beaufort, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach as their home bases. Though communities like Nags Head, Rodanthe, Surf City and Oak Island also offer pier fishing, saltwater fishing enthusiasts often opt to explore further out in the offshore Gulf Stream waters for an active day of sportfishing.
Graveyard of the Atlantic
Flounder Fishing in NC!
An area of choppy waters off the Carolina coast referred to as the Graveyard of the Atlantic is the result of warm waters from the south – the Gulf Stream – meeting the frigid waters of the Labrador Current, flowing down along the Eastern seaboard out of the Arctic. Multiple shipwrecks line the coast her, victims of the hazardous conditions caused by the meeting of these two powerful currents. As rough as this part of the ocean can be, however, these nutrient-rich waters where the two currents collide, combined with a phenomenon in the area of constantly shifting shoals, or submerged ridges, mean that fish in these waters are abundant. As shoals shift, they create areas of deep and shallow water where smaller fish tend to congregate, and larger, game fish come to feed. The Outer Banks’ Diamond Shoals create a haven for fish, and a prime fishing location for avid fishermen.
North Carolina anglers are fortunate in that the fertile waters offshore provide an abundance of fish almost unparalleled up and down the East Coast. Fishing opportunities depend on a variety of conditions, including location, depth of water and tidal movements as well as preferred fishing methods: trolling, reef fishing, bottom fishing, and drifting.
Some of the most common saltwater game species are these.
Flounder, Cobia, Black Drum, Trout, Bluefish and Sea Bass are all found in nearshore coastal reefs.
More treacherous offshore reefs, ideal for more experienced anglers, are home to Barracuda, Amberjack, Snapper, Hogfish, Mackerel and Grouper.
Trolling for larger game fish such as Tuna, Billfish, King Mackerel, and even Sailfish, Marlin and Swordfish requires one or more fishing lines, and heavier rods and reels from a boat traveling through and across offshore reefs of the Outer Banks.
Bottom fishing and drift fishing are ideal for catching lower dwelling fish such as Flounder, Porgy, Snapper and Triggerfish.
Tuna Fishing in NC!
Saltwater Fishing Rules & Regulations
Many are unaware that in North Carolina, a Coastal Recreational Fishing License is required that stipulates limits to the number of certain species of fish caught each day as well as minimum weights and sizes. The size and number of shellfish and crustaceans, too, such as Blue Crabs, Oysters, Spiny Lobsters, Scallops and Shrimp are also regulated, while other species of fish – primarily those that are endangered or threatened – are prohibited altogether.
Tips for Keeping Your Yard Free of Deer and Rabbits
Who has not waited for their favorite shrub to start blooming, or those first tender shoots of grass to begin appearing in a newly seeded part of the yard, only to find that a deer, rabbit or other hungry critter has beaten them to the punch? North Carolina, natural paradise that our state is, is also a wonderland of friendly wildlife, including deer, rabbits, squirrels and other small herbivores whose destructive feeding habits are frustrating, to say the least, for even the most seasoned gardener. Keeping deer and rabbits out of the garden can certainly seem an impossible challenge at times, but it can be accomplished with a little bit of patience, planning and ingenuity.
Preventing Wildlife from Feasting on Your Garden
As adorable as they might be, the most obviously destructive wildlife in many of our neighborhood gardens are deer and rabbits. With populations that seem to be growing out of control in certain areas, these animals are everywhere, and as they’ve become increasingly adapted to living in suburban areas, their grazing habits have become more and more of a nuisance. Luckily, there are a variety of ways of keeping these small, hungry animals out of your garden: some more traditional, and others taking a less conventional approach.
Deer and Rabbit Fencing
The only SURE way to keep wild animals out of a yard is to physically block them from entering the area. Specific types of fencing are effective at deterring both deer and rabbits.
The key to adequate deer fencing is building it strong enough and high enough to prevent deer from being able to jump it or knock it over.
An 8-foot tall or higher privacy fence will usually be enough to prevent even very hungry or frightened deer from leaping over it.
A double fence, regardless of the height of each section, is also a deterrent – since deer have poor depth perception, they will not tend to jump over a barrier if they are unsure how wide it is.
A slanted fence (tilted outward, at an angle) is intimidating to deer, who are unsure, once again, how tall or wide it might be.
Easy to install mesh or wire fencing is affordable and effective and available in a variety of materials.
Rabbit fencing, on the other hand, is effective if it is at least 3’ high and buried into the ground to a certain depth that will prevent the rabbits from burrowing underneath. Many of the same materials that go into deer fencing are used to keep hungry bunnies out of a garden area.
Deer and Rabbit Resistant Plants and Shrubs
Certain herbs, plants and trees with specific characteristics are natural deterrents of both deer and rabbits. Some of the most effective critter-resistant shrubs include –
Aromatic plants such as strong-smelling herbs – thyme, rosemary, garlic or basil – as well as tobacco, onions and marigolds.
Plants with fuzzy or rough-textured leaves, or ones with spines, such as Prickly Pear, lambs ear, flowering tobacco, and purple top vervain (Verbena bonariensis).
Plants with sap, such as milkweed, and other toxic flowers and shrubs like daffodils, indigo, poppies and monkshood.
Commercial, chemical-based deer and rabbit repellents are available at all home improvement stores and garden centers.
Out of the Box Solutions
Some of the less traditional methods of keeping deer and rabbit out of your garden include –
Electronic deer repellent systems that work much as a house alarm does, by creating a loud sound or bright lights so disturbing to deer that they remain at bay.
Human hair, dog urine, bits of bar soap or coffee grounds spread around the garden area.
A dog! – deer are often scared off during their most common grazing times – sunrise and sunset – if there is a dog in the vicinity.
Environmentally friendly hot-pepper spray.
Netting placed over plants, vegetable gardens or flower beds.
Few people are aware of North Carolina’s role in history as the American colonies contemplated dissolving the relationship between the 13 new territories and Great Britain in the late spring of 1776. It was on April 12th of that year that our state’s Provincial Congress was the first in the new colonies to authorize its delegates to vote for independence from the British Crown, paving the way for the Continental Congress to take further action toward seeking independence later that same year.
North Carolina’s Economy in the mid-1770s
Prior to 1776, the state of North Carolina – named in honor of Kings Charles I and Charles II of England – was a territory in which wealthy planters and merchants, the most powerful members of the colonial legislature, benefitted from strong ties with Great Britain. Manufactured goods imported from England were the basis of the North Carolina economy, and support of a firm relationship between Britain and this new state was strong until the time increasing taxation started putting a strain on that support.
Protesting Against British Authority: The Boston Tea Party of 1773
By 1773, anti-British sentiment in the new colonies was running strong, leading to the first major act of protest against British rule: the Boston Tea Party. 342 chests of British tea were ceremoniously dumped into Boston’s harbor, signaling an end to the silent acceptance of unfair taxes and regulations that England had begun imposing – the “taxation without representation” for which the incident is so famously known. Following this event and the subsequent closing of the port of Boston, leaders up and down the coast – including North Carolina’s rich tradespeople and farmers – began raising their own voices in protest.
The First of the Revolutionary Battles: The Battle of Bunker Hill
By the time the Revolutionary War broke out in 1775 in Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, word had spread of the violence and citizens from North to South were drawn to the area. The newly formed Continental Army, a militia made up of thousands of protestors, went on to fight the red-coated British army at the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775. Although the American patriots were defeated, casualties among the British were extremely high – one more signal to Great Britain that colonists were no longer going to silently accept unfair taxes and regulations.
North Carolina’s Own Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge
Early in 1776, the Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge took place in North Carolina, which ended in the defeat of local loyalists – Americans who had remained loyal to the British Crown – and the effective end of British rule in the North Carolina colony. This resounding victory served to motivate colonists to further protest British rule, which led to the signing of what is known as the “Halifax Resolves” on April 12th. The first official act calling for an end to British rule, the entire delegation of 83 individuals unanimously signed the important document, which not only applied to the state’s own intentions of protesting British rule but also included recommendations aimed at all the colonies and their delegates meeting at Philadelphia’s Continental Congress. Virginia soon followed North Carolina’s example, issuing their own resolution on June 7th of 1776.
Independence Day, 1776
On July 4th, 1776, following a year of war and conflict and continued opposition between many loyalists and newly independent colonists, Philadelphia’s Second Continental Congress signed into adoption the Declaration of Independence, marking the nation’s final official statement of independence from Great Britain and the British King, George III. Despite ongoing battles with the British following the signing, it is this historic date that we, as Americans, celebrate as the birthdate of our nation.
Each year on April 12th, the Halifax Historic District celebrates the anniversary of the signing of the Halifax Reserves with a commemorative event – Halifax Day – at the town’s colonial courthouse on Market Street. All Americans, of course, go on to celebrate the signing of the nation’s Declaration of Independence just a few short months later, on July 4 of each year.