Exhibition Opening – Workboats of Core Sound

North Carolina History Center – Duffy Gallery

Friday, August 31 – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Explore the living traditions of the Core Sound region as Tryon Palace hosts the exhibition,  Workboats of Core Sound. The heart of this major exhibition is the collection of Lawrence Earley’s evocative photographs of the wooden workboats built in the fishing villages of the Core Sound.

For more than two centuries, the people of Core Sound have relied on their abilities to build wooden fishing boats that could navigate the region’s shallow waters and exploit its rich fisheries. Rather than plotting designs on paper, Core Sound boat builders use memory and experience to guide their hands, and have created along the way one of Down East’s most important living folk traditions. To help illustrate the variety of distinctive boat-building traditions of the Core Sound’s different communities, the exhibit will include three full-sized skiffs on loan from the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center on Harkers Island, including a 16-foot motorized skiff that was owned and worked by Leckler Lewis, a lifelong resident of Stacy, Carteret County; a reproduction of the 1921 sail skiff, the “Annabelle;” and a pole skiff built by Jarrett Bay boat designer Gary Davis. Visitors also will have the opportunity to view the extraordinary models of Core Sound workboats by Jimmy Amspacher, each of which takes more than 1,000 hours to complete. The exhibit, which will include a hands-on representation of different boat hull styles, historic artifacts and images of the area’s commercial fishing and boatbuilding industries, and an audio-slide shows of Core Sound fishermen discussing their boats, will be on display in the Duffy Gallery of the North Carolina History Center through March 3nd, 2013.

$6 adults, $3 students; included with regular admission.

For a full listing of events at Tryon Palace, visit the online calendar or call 800-767-1560 or 252-639-3500.

Submitted by: Trish Ashburn, Marketing and Communications Manager, Tryon Palace

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Editor-in-Chief, Wendy Card, founded New Bern Now in April 2009. There were a number of reasons she developed the website. While stationed in Washington DC, she had 30 days to transfer to Naval Hospital Cherry Point and didn’t know much about the area. She was frustrated because there wasn’t a central location on the Internet for information about New Bern. Wendy retired from the Navy in Oct 2007. When our economy dived, she was trying to find her way in life and decided to give back to the community by creating a website that provided a “One Stop, Information Shop” to help people find out what’s happening in our community along with creating a free business listing to help business owners who couldn’t afford to advertise.

2 thoughts on “Exhibition Opening – Workboats of Core Sound

  1. I was researching Core Sound Boats a couple of weeks ago, and came across the New Bern site – Wow! I “landed” in New Bern in 1989, and it seemed like a place that time forgot… I was living on a sailboat then. I “swallowed the anchor” and bought and renovated/restored the building that now houses Ratty’s Restaurant. I named it that, i.e. “Captain Ratty’s” and made it into a Nautical gift store. Tom and Debbie Ballance bought it when I decided to marry and move to Winston-Salem, in 1997; I now reside in Columbia, SC.
    Great job with the website, and Good luck.


  2. Thanks for your kind words and telling us your experience living in New Bern. Captain Ratty’s is a terrific restaurant! Wishing you the best – Wendy

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