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Communities of Richland township (a work in progress)


In 1880, Reverend William Henry Cunningham, a Methodist minister

from Lenoir county incorporated the town of Aurora. Relatives of

the minister say that he called the place Aurora because it was a

new light in the east. Another theory is that it was such a dark

dismal place that he thought if any place needed light this place did.

A number of steamboats have played an important part in the history

of Aurora, especially the steamboat "Oregon".

At one time Aurora had two newspapers, The Aurora Borealis and

The Progressive Age.

Town Hall

Aurora Fossil Museum (Old Jail)

Aurora Methodist Church

Hodges Marina

Town Dock

Aurora Welcome Sign

Terry Groome Building Sidewalk 

Public boat ramp

Aurora Beach

Beech Grove

Blounts Creek


Campbell's Creek

Core Point

The main part of the point that juts out the farthest in the Pamlico river

was once owned by the Archbell family. The estate owned by this family

comprised of 500 or 600 acres. Mr. William Archbell was the last one of

the family to live there. It was all cleared from the river for about 400

yards back. After Mr. Archbell left, the land grew up, except for a small

place where the house was. The estate was divided, each heir receiving

from 15 to 50 acres and they started selling their interests.

One among the first to buy was Elder T. H. Pipkin, who built a house and

moved in and started clearing a small farm, others followed doing the

same. Mr. Henry Bonner built a summer home and liked it so well that

others bought and built summer homes. At one time, there was quite a

number of summer residents and some permanent ones.

A church was built around 1894, known as Core Point Chapel, a Free

Will Baptist church, which is still standing today. About this time, a

one teacher school was established, which grew to a three teacher school

later transferred to Aurora. This Core Point district was one of our first

rural school districts to vote a special tax.

From 1905 to 1925, Core Point had a splendid boat service to and from

Washington, the nearest and best shipping point. These boats did a

freight and passenger business. About this time, the government gave

Core Point a post office and the mail was brought from Washington by

a gas boat named Nyddia.

The people at Core Point made a fair living from fishing and farming.

There is now a nice new subdivision, Eagle Trace, in this area with lots

for sale for building a summer home or permanent residence. This area

has a marina, tennis court, a clubhouse and fenced storage for boats,

motor homes, etc. Also, there is a nature walk.

Entering Community of Core Point

Former location of Martin's store

Old Schoolhouse

Core Point Chapel

Tripp Cemetary

Smithwick House

Crystal Beach

The community of Edward is not a particularly old one. Joesphus

Edwards erected a mill across Durham's Creek and the settlement

became Edward's Mill. This mill was both a saw and grist mill and

was water driven.

Edward's Mill became the stopping place of salesmen enroute from

Washington to Aurora. Hotel Edwards did a thriving business . During

the years 1880-1908, Edward progressed rapidly. The town was

incorporated and a jail and mayor's court installed. Edward had it's

own police and it's own laws and penalties.

There were numerous businesses, L. H. Redditt General Merchandise,

T. R. Boyd General Merchandise & Cotton Gin, A. E. Edwards Barber

Shop, and a telephone exchange with one operator. There were three

churches and a three room school building with three teachers and a

music teacher. After the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad was built in 1905-

1906, the railroad became the center of transportation and travelers

and salesmen went on to Aurora or Washington for the night rather than

stop in Edward. The town began to decline and never reached the peak

of development it once knew.

Welcome to Edward

Edward Firetower

Walker's Laundromat

Durham Creek Bridge at Edward

Ruth Meadow's

Dudley's Grill

Veri-Kwik Convenience Store

Edward Fire Department

Edward Christian Church

Edward Post Office