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  • Christmas Shop, 4 August 1995
    Christmas Shop, 4 August 1995
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    Back of one of the cards
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    In 1907

    by grandmaR Updated Jun 17, 2008

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    General Burnside's Headquarters
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    Favorite thing: .. my grandfather visited Roanoke Island and mailed some post cards to my grandmother from Maneo. He didn't say much on any of the cards. Mostly all that was written was her address.

    Fondest memory: The first card is General Ambrose's headquarters. Early in the Civil War (1862) Flag Officer Louis M. Goldsborough and B.Gen Ambrose E. Burnside led a sea and land force into North Carolina. The other cards show where Sir Walter Raleigh's colonists are supposed to have landed, a picture of the sand hills on the island, and a picture of a Shad Boat

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    Island Gallery and Christmas Shop

    by b1bob Updated Aug 2, 2006

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    Christmas Shop, 4 August 1995

    Fondest memory: From 1967-2005, visitors have been discovering the special magic of the Christmas Shop and Island Gallery. Browse through room after room (36 in all) of Christmas decorations. There is also a Halloween Shop. Gifts include music boxes, jewelry, toys, decoys and Outer Banks souvenirs. I have known about it since the first three trips there in the 1970s. I remember thinking it odd that there would be Christmas decorations in early to mid-August. I was never keen on shopping and still am not to this day, but it was the one store I wanted to go shopping. There were other smaller shops that sold candy, ice cream, and one took 1890s style photos. When friends from overseas visited in the 1990s, I made it a point to show them this shop. I think one or both of them may have even bought an Outer Banks Christmas ornament to bring home. Sadly, in mid-2005 its owners decided to retire and close the shop as of 27 November 2005. They didn't want to sell it because they couldn't be sure it would be run their way.

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