WITN News At Sunrise: Eastern Carolina Interesting Places

By  | 

We're taking a look at interesting places in Eastern Carolina this week on WITN News at Sunrise.

Friday, we head to the Aurora Fossil Museum in Beaufort County. It's free to visit, and you can dig for your own fossils. There are also several fossils on display, including a set of whale bones that is 95% complete.

Thursday, we head to the Belhaven Memorial Museum. The place is full of things you've probably never seen before and may never see again.

The interesting and bizarre collection belonged to Eva Blount Way, who was born in 1869. During her life, she collected wild things like a pig with two snouts and a house made of matchsticks collected by prison inmates.

Wednesday, we head to Paradise Cove in Pamlico County. The tucked-away piece of paradise in Merritt features a tiki bar and a boat launch for people in search of fish or just cruising.

Scott and Deborah Dickinson moved from Pennsylvania to re-open the marina that had been closed for a few years.

Thursday, our destination is Beaufort County. And on Friday? Well, that's up to you. If you have an interesting place you'd like us to visit Friday on WITN News at Sunrise, just leave a comment on this story.

We'll choose a location from your suggestions, and Alizé Proisy will report from that interesting place Friday on WITN News at Sunrise.

Tuesday, we head to Carteret County. Somerset Cellars on Arendell Street in Morehead City was the first legal winery in the county.

Eric Luhmann imports grapes from all over the world for his creations, including South Africa, Italy, Australia, South America and several places in the United States.

"That small 47-acre vineyard in South Africa sells to five wineries in the world," said Luhmann. "We happen to be one of them, so I consider that an honor. When I first got approval from them to sell me the grape, my wife said I was insane. 'You're not going to sell a $50 bottle of wine in Carteret County, what are you going to do?' I said if I don't sell it, I'll drink it! But fortunately it sells faster than I can make it, so we sell it and she is happy."

Somerset Cellars supplies all the wine to area Marine Corps balls, and he also does the chocolate wine during the Chocolate Festival in Morehead City.