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director. She kindly escorted us through the great wrought-iron gate of a mansion that Don Francisco de Miranda, Spanish world traveler and contemporary of Governor Tryon, once called "the most beautiful in either of the Americas" (pages 156-7). As I wandered through the stately paneled rooms and heavily beamed corridors, I could not help thinking that there are indeed still places for wood in architecture. Jets Whine Above Ghost Town From New Bern's quiet past we stepped into the supersonic future, by way of the United States Marines' 11,500-acre Cherry Point Air Station, down the Neuse River. There, Lt. Col. Gordon Gray took us for a close-up look at swept-wing Chance-Vought Crusader jet fighters, sleek Douglas Sky knights, and delta-wing Douglas Skyrays. Good recruiters, these Marines: David car ried away an aerial photograph of Cherry Point's 35,000 feet of runways, inscribed, "To David, who would make a good pilot." The Duke of Beaufort, lucky lord, had two charming American seaport towns named after him. South Carolinians pronounce theirs Bewfort; the Tar Heel version is Bofort. At "Bofort," then, we hired a boat for a family fishing trip off nearby Shackleford Banks. Our guide and companion was Miss Amy Muse, a devoted local historian.