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Albemarle Tradewinds August 2016 Web Final

August 2016

Frisco Native American

Frisco Native American Museum ARTIFACT COMES HOME TO THE FRISCO NATIVE AMERICAN MUSEUM Over the past 30 years, the Frisco Native American Museum & Natural History Center has received amazing and wonderful donations, ranging from rare and beautiful art work to handmade crafts for the museum gift shop. But one of the most interesting items recently made its way to the museum from a couple living in Onancock, Virginia. In early summer, Robert Doughty contacted museum staff to say he would like to donate an artifact that had been given to him when he lived on Ocracoke Island many years ago. Doughty explained that the artifact was found around 1925 by a native of Ocracoke, Gregg Bragg, when he was a teenager clamming in waters along the shore. Bragg’s clam rake hit something considerably larger than a clam, and when he examined it, fortunately he recognized that it was more than just a rock. Made of what appears to be lava, the rock has both top and bottom clearly scooped out making it perfect for grinding corn or other grains. The Bragg family used the grindstone as a door stop for the next fifty years until Bragg met Doughty in the seventies and eventually gave it to him. Mention this Ad and get a free Hot Dog when you purchase a Hot Dog. Doughty speculated how the grindstone may have been used by Native Americans on the outer banks centuries ago, noting that he considered it a very lucky find. Indeed. Staff at the Frisco Native American Museum & Natural History Center would agree. The grindstone is currently on display at the museum in an exhibit on early tools. The museum is located on Hatteras Island and open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM; Mondays by appointment only. For more information visit www.nativeamericanmuseum.org or call 252-995-4440. All of our clients get their own QR code for free when purchasing an ad. Elizabeth City Pasquotank County Senior Center The Elizabeth City-Pasquotank County Senior Center “Serving the Young at Heart, Adults 55 or Older” The Senior Center offers a wide variety of exciting programs, trips and activities for the senior citizens of Elizabeth City and Pasquotank County. We strive to create a “family” atmosphere that promotes social, mental, physical and emotional overall well-being. Lauren Turner Senior Center Coordinator seniorcenter@cityofec.com Phone: (252)337-6661 or (252)337-6662 26 Albemarle Tradewinds August 2016 albemarletradewinds.com

Northeast North Carolina Family History – talents… By: Irene Hampton - nencfamilyhistory@gmail.com Have you ever wondered if your ability to do something was inherited from an ancestor? Do you remember stories of talents family members had and if so, have you passed those memories on to current generations? Our youngest son recently proposed to his girlfriend using a Disney theme and singing his own version of a song from “Tangled” to go along with it. If you have nothing better to do, search “Seth and Lexi proposal” on You Tube – it’s pretty cute! As a family, we all enjoy singing, but I recall my mother stating that her father (who died before I was born) had a beautiful singing voice and would fill the country church they attended with his singing. She remembered with particular fondness listening to him at Christmas. I don’t remember my mother every singing much, but she loved to listen to opera, which I found rather odd for a country girl raised on a prairie farm. I never did learn where that interest came from. Now, my mother could sew, in fact she sewed my wedding dress. Her mother had been a milliner and as the oldest of eleven children, growing up during the depression, my mom learned to make her own patterns and sew for an ever expanding family. Me, on the other hand, could only sew when my mother was in the same room. Patterns are like a math equation that never seems to totally make sense. I can do basic repairs and sew a straight line, but that’s about my limit. My mom was also amazing at figuring out how to solve a problem. I’ve mentioned before that she was taken out of school after the eighth grade to help on her family farm. What she didn’t learn in school, she learned from necessity and would come up with solutions. Our oldest son is very much like her in that respect. He will mull a problem around and come up with a thoughtful and straightforward solution. I must admit we miss having that ability around as he lives so far away! My mother was also an artist of sorts. She loved photography and hauled a decent sized camera around on her 98 pound body. She also enjoyed pottery and did some painting, all skills that seem to have bypassed me. But I have a cousin who is a well known Canadian prairie artist, and a nephew who is really talented at black and white photography. My husband is a good photographer and did some excellent drawings back in college. His youngest sister is a painter, too – hmmm – I’m feeling rather left out at the moment! Some talents are less obvious. I know people who are always smiling and bring a spirit of happiness with them. Some people listen very well. My father was one of those people. Everyone was comfortable around him and he quietly listened through life. Which is now frustrating as he spoke so little about what he thought, making my recollections of him so slim… Think about those around you – include yourself. What stories of abilities can you remember and have you shared what they were and perhaps how they were acquired with your family? There’s a hot summer’s homework assignment for you – and write them down, too. Irene Hampton earned a Certifi cate in Genealogy from Brigham Young University and worked as the Genealogical/Local history Researcher for the Pasquotank-Camden Library for over 12 years. She has also abstracted and published “Widow’s Years Provisions, 1881-1899, Pasquotank County, North Carolina”; “1840 Currituck, North Carolina Federal Census” and “Record of Marriages, Book A (1851-1867) Currituck County, North Carolina”.You may contact her at nencfamilyhistory@gmail.com. facebook.com/AlbemarleTradingPost Albemarle Tradewinds August 2016 27