Can you imagine...

Relying on a boat to provide your groceries, your gas, your essentials?
Riding a boat to visit your relatives?
Depending on a boat in a medical emergency?
Living at the edge of the world, the coast of North Carolina, in the 1960s?

Boats were a lifeline.

Life on the coast was grounded in the boats that connected North Carolina's barrier islands to mainland port towns.

Port light brings to life the stories of these boats.

Port Light shares stories from the heyday of boat traffic across the sounds, when villages and towns were looking brightly towards a better and more prosperous future. This growth and development spurred by the maritime connections led to public projects, roads and the bridges, that ultimately lead to the boats becoming obsolete. Port Light captures this lost history. 


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For Teachers 

Port Light has been designed as an online resource for classroom use. Lessons written specific for the North Carolina 8th grade social studies curriculum can be used in whole, in part, or adapted for other grade levels.