Downeast: Portraits of the Past is a photographic history of Down East from the early 1900s through the 1960s. Before the early 1900s, Down East was not considered isolated, it was the link for Carteret County and much of central North Carolina with the outside world by way of maritime traffic through Ocracoke and Beaufort inlets. After the days of sailtrains, road, and automobiles were the arteries for transportation in mainstream North Carolina. Down East had no roads to mainstream North Carolina; consequently it was isolated and remote by the standards of that era. But by 1930 the road was constructed from Beaufort to Atlantic, paving the way for numerous adventuresome photographers. They were attracted by the allure of the communities and adjoining waters; consequently many captivating photographs were made.
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