Port Light

Port Light captures the rich history of the trade, civic, and kin connections that extended across the sounds of North Carolina from the Outer Banks to mainland ports.  The project traces historical connections from the Outer Banks communities of Dare, Hyde and Carteret counties to mainland port towns during the early 1900s, when boats were the primary mode of transportation. Through audio excerpts, photographs, and written word, the story of boat transportation and the economic and cultural connections relations between barrier island communities and mainland ports is interpreted.  Garrity-Blake and West conducted oral history interviews and researched existing interviews and other material for Port Light.  A project of the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center, the project was funded by the National Maritime Heritage Grant Program.