HistoryCast 5000: Sink the Bismarck!

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HistoryCast 5000: Sink the Bismarck! – Episode 027 We’ve launched the HistoryCast 5000, a reoccurring segment in which Sean and Allen examine the historical accuracy of movies and other media. To break in the machine, we have selected a movie Read More …

Very Local History: It’s Always Sunny at the Ammunition Depot

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Just upstream from the mouth of the Cape Fear River is a restricted military base, occupying thousands of acres of sprawling and undeveloped wetlands. Within it runs miles and miles of railway that leads to nowhere.

The base is Sunny Point, also known as MOTSU, and the story of its creation begins with three catastrophic explosions in the early and mid twentieth century. Read More …

Very Local History: Stuff in the Water

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Shipwrecks. Rocket engines. U-boats. Atom bombs. Regular bombs. There’s a lot of stuff in the water off the Carolina Coast and beyond, and we talk about them in this episode. Read More …

Very Local History: History Break at Greenfield Lake

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You might think Greenfield Lake is filled with water, but it is in fact filled with history. And that green stuff on top? Extra history. In this episode we fill out the backstory of Wilmington’s once and future playground. Read More …

Very Local History: Don’t Need No Permit To Hermit

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The Fort Fisher Hermit was born in the 1890s, lived through the Great Depression, was committed to a mental institution by his in-laws, and ultimately became a local celebrity and tourist attraction on Pleasure Island. Read More …

Very Local History: Bizarro Wilmington

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The port city of Wilmington, North Carolina once had an evil twin across the river. In the colonial days of America, Wilmington came out the victor in a struggle to the death.

This is a gross dramatization of the story of Brunswick Town, the lost provincial capitol of North Carolina, and the ill fated revival of the grounds during the American Civil War with the construction of Fort Anderson. Read More …