National Geographic : 1962 Feb
Colonial kitchen in restored Tryon Palace, New Bern, charms visitors with shiny copper and dried herbs. Miss Gertrude S. Carraway, a for mer president general of the Daugh ters of the American Revolution, di rected the restoration of the palace. Tempest over tea accounts for a bronze teapot in Edenton. The em blem commemorates the Edenton Tea Party of October 25, 1774, when 51 women signed a protest against the British tax on tea. Tryon Palace housed royal gover nors, then served as the statehouse until 1794, when the capital moved from New Bern to Raleigh. Fire razed the main building in 1798, but spared the wing at right. Did they sail for England and perish at sea? Did they go inland and live with some friendly tribe? Only the sands or the woods near Manteo know. We crossed the bridge from Roanoke Island to Nags Head, vacation center of that 300-mile-long wonder, the Outer Banks.* The Banks thrust a great sandy breakwater into the Atlantic along the North Caro lina coast. Behind this rampart against the fury of the ocean lie the sheltered sounds: Currituck, Albe marle, and Pamlico; through them threads the Intra coastal Waterway. Summer on the Banks is gentle to the visitor, who, with the roads and ferries across the inlets, has at his command one of the world's great playgrounds leagues of ocean beaches to seaward, as many gentler waters soundward, lagoons and ponds with ducks and terns. There are the inlets, where fish pass from sea to sound, and then give the fisherman a second chance when they move with the tide back out to sea. Nags Head, when my wife and I first saw it eons ago while fleeing rice and old shoes, had one weathered *See "October Holiday on the Outer Banks," by Nike Anderson, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, October, 1955.