Beach Town in a Forest

Beach Town in a Forest
Beach Town in a Forest, Pine Knoll Shores located in Carteret County on North Carolina's Crysal Coast. Photo compliments of Bill Flexman and Dave Prutzman

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

The Indian Motorcycle Story

The index to this blog contains many stories that go into various aspects of Alice Green Hoffman’s life and activities, both here on Bogue Banks and elsewhere in the world.  Alice was many things and was described in many ways, but at the core, she was a strong-willed, independent, free-spirited woman who followed the beat of her own drummer.  This story is illustrative of those character traits. 

Monday, December 2, 2013


The History Committee is gathering a collection of stories.  Each entry provides a small vignette and together, they form a mosaic narrative, a pictorial history of our community. The committee was formed in 2011, to collect and archive material pertaining to the early years of our town. The physical collection is stored and accessible for research at town hall. From time to time, the committee will exhibit interesting material from its collection at town hall or at other local venues.

The idea for a web-based presentation started with a timeline featured in the exhibit at Bogue Banks Public Library in June and July 2013. That original timeline is the structural foundation of this website.
Exhibit at the Bogue Banks Public Library
Included in the web-based presentation are many entries from the timeline, each accompanied by a narrative that tells a story.  Also included are stories that developed from the leading questions and comments of exhibit visitors.

We intend to use this web presentation as a continually growing repository of historical data, photos, letters, documents and the stories they tell about Pine Knoll Shores, stories that concern the notable and significant as well as the ephemeral and mundane.
Proposed advertising billboard by AC Hall 1969, PKS History Archive

How to Navigate this Website
Each subject page is listed in alphabetical order in the column on the right. Clicking on any one will take you directly to it. The Subject Listing heading at the top presents the pages group by subject matter as well as by time period. Within each page there are underlined items that if "clicked" will link you to a further discussion of that subject. History is about links, about context, about understanding the interplay of events, the forcing functions that surround an event. We will attempt to put events in context in an effort to provide a better understanding of why things are the way they are. Nothing happens in a vacuum.
The approach the committee is taking is non-academic. We are  not writing a doctoral thesis or history textbook. Our hope is that we’ve included some interesting snippets that people might enjoy,  stories that make Pine Knoll Shores unique. History with the fun bits left in.

Time Period
From the beginning of Bogue Banks to the present.

Geographical Area
The focus is on the Town of Pine Knoll Shores, but expanded to include the Roosevelt/Hoffman properties, other parts of Bogue Banks, and Eastern Carolina with links to the greater world beyond.

History Committee members are writing most selections, combining material developed from the PKS collection with independent research. The site also contains contributions from other community authors, and material originally published in The Shoreline.
Often local history deals with the people, events and decisions we know first hand.  When you share your story, it could be added too.  
You are all historians.

Contact the Committee
Share your comments, ideas, suggestions, historical material, stories, write a post.

post revised: 3/4/2014

Friday, November 15, 2013

Roosevelt Natural Area

While walking the Theodore Roosevelt Nature Trail in Pine Knoll Shores, you may have a few questions cross your mind. Who maintains it and how did it come to be here? Which of the Theodore Roosevelts does the name celebrate? Why is this hidden gem not advertised?  Here, we share insights that help answer those questions and lead you down a path to Bogue Banks history.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Roosevelt Family Tree

The names of various members of the Roosevelt family come up from time to time when discussing the history of Pine Knoll Shores. Presented here is a brief genealogy along with my understanding of the family’s naming conventions.