Portsmouth Island

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Founded in 1753, Portsmouth became the major port of entry for goods coming into North Carolina until around 1845. It served as a major hub for maritime trade up and down the East Coast of the United States and to the Caribbean. During the Civil War, most of the residents left the island, and very few of them returned after the war. Over the next century, many more residents left due to the bad hurricanes and lack of jobs. By the 1970s, the island was a deserted ghost town. The State of North Carolina began buying up the property on Portsmouth Island and, in 1976, gave the land to the Cape Lookout National Seashore. The Cape Lookout National Seashore has helped preserve the historic character of the village, which in turn has brought a surge in tourism. In 1994, the Friends of Portsmouth Island was formed. In addition to the National Seashore, it has worked to preserve the village as well as the history of the island.
ISBN: 9781467105927
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: North Carolina
Series: Images of America
Images: 142
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author and historian James Edward White III has created a visual snapshot of Portsmouth Island during the latter part of the 19th and early part of the 20th century with images from his own personal collection and from the Cape Lookout National Seashore archives.
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