Our Story: Life in the Albemarle
The Albemarle is a unique place—half land, half water. Our ever changing relationship with the water has defined our way of life. Water is both a highway and a barrier, a source of livelihood and inspiration. The story of this place is Our Story, a tale of how our communities have adapted to challenges and opportunities of our unusual home. This is a long-term exhibit with no closing date.
50 Years of Museum History
MOA celebrates its 50th birthday in 2017 with a special exhibit highlighting objects from our collection.
This exhibit closes January 2020.
North Carolina Shad Boat
The Official State Historic Boat of North Carolina was first built in the early 1880s by George Washington Creef of Roanoke Island. The shad boat on display here at MOA was built in 1904 by renowned boat builder and decoy carver, Alvirah Wright. This is a long-term exhibit with no closing date.
Tar Heels in the Trenches: The Albemarle and the Great War
The Museum of the Albemarle announces the opening of its newest exhibit, Tar Heels in the Trenches: The Albemarle and the Great War. The First World War encompassed 6 continents and 65 million people. This exhibit examines the role that North Carolina’s Albemarle Region played in that great war. Time and space prevent the telling of every story, but the experiences and items of the people represented in this exhibit typify those of the thousands of North Carolinians in the “war to end all wars.”
This exhibit closes on December 31, 2018.
River Bridge: Sunken Secrets
This exhibition is based on excavations at a site along the Pasquotank River north of Elizabeth City. The site’s name comes from a bridge built before the Revolutionary War and noted by George Washington when he visited the area. At one time, ships could navigate to a customshouse and a set of warehouses, where workers unloaded and loaded cargo. Today, the only reminders of this once-important center of commerce include a few pilings and several vessels submerged just below the river’s surface, as well as a large collection of artifacts spotlighted in this exhibit.
Excavations at the River Bridge site over the past seven years have yielded over 10,000 artifacts that date from the middle of the 18th century to the early 20th century. The artifacts’ condition, and the fact that many items remain intact, makes the site unique. These objects provide a glimpse into colonial and Federal period trade patterns in eastern North Carolina.
The River Bridge site was first issued a permit number from the North Carolina Office of State Archaeology in 2011 with an objective to “explore a location in the Pasquotank River noted as an early colonial port.” The underwater excavations have yielded artifacts from pearlware, creamware, gray salt-glazed Westerwald stoneware, and earthenware dairy pans to case bottles and flasks, axes, faunal and botanical artifacts, shoes, shingles, and personal effects including chamber pots, scissors, and buttons.
The exhibit will be on display until March 2021.
60 Years of the Albemarle Craftsman's Fair
The Albemarle Craftsman’s Fair, founded in 1959, holds its 60th annual fair this Fall. Craftsmen from regional counties, across the state, and as far as Florida will exhibit, demonstrate, and promote their best of handcrafts over the time span of three days. First organized by Home Demonstration Agents from Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Pasquotank, and Perquimans counties and the Elizabeth City Chamber of Commerce, the Fair’s purpose was not only to boost the regional economy by providing artisans with an outlet for selling their crafts, but also to promote and teach traditional crafts. It was first held in the Dr. Pepper plant on Ehringhaus Street, soon moved to the National Guard Armory, and has been located at the Knobbs Creek Recreation Center since 1976.
The exhibit runs from June 25, 2018 - December 31, 2018.
Images courtesy of members of the Albemarle Craftsman's Guild.