It is enlightening to put Alice and her life at Shore House in the context of the world of the socially prominent and well connected across the sound. The contrast is striking.
Friday, January 31, 2014
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Alice Hoffman’s home on the north shore of Bogue Banks from 1917 to 1953 was remote and primitive at first. Conditions gradually improved, and by the time she died, “Shore House” was a little more accessible, less primitive and more connected to the outside world.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Part I - La Belle Époque
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Why is the Aquarium located in Pine Knoll Shores and not at what would seemingly be a more reasonable and perhaps more obvious location such as Morehead City, Beaufort, Harkers Island or Fort Macon? Answering that question takes us back many years and involves the Roosevelts, the emerging community of PKS and an ongoing concern for the environment.
The earliest visitors to Bogue Banks came by boat, canoe or by swimming across the sound. The boats were powered by sails or oars and, later by internal combustion engines. Before the dredging for the Intracoastal Waterway, originally called the Inland Waterway, it was possible to wade across in places. This all changed with the opening of the first bridge in 1928.
From time to time we’ve all had issues with the US Postal Service. Late deliveries, misdirected mail, slow service, lost items or delayed pick-up, so we inquire at the window, complain, try to understand the system, hoping to make it work better for us. But I never thought that the solution was to have my own Post Office -- Alice did!