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Virtual Lunchbox Talk: Naval Stores and the Longleaf Pine Industry in Southeastern NC
February 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
With Joel Rose, Executive Director, Sampson County History Museum
Date: Thursday, February 10, 2022
Time: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM EST
Location: Zoom webinar
Fee: Free, $5 suggested fee
In a time before cars, trains, and airplanes, water was often the easiest or the only means of long-distance transportation. Eighteenth-century ships were sailing ships, and they were made almost entirely of wood.
Naval stores are goods used in building and maintaining ships. Originally, ‘naval stores’ included everything used to build a ship meaning tar, pitch, and turpentine. All of these products came from pine trees, and particularly, the Longleaf pine, which North Carolina had in abundance. For that reason and others, North Carolina became a key supplier to the British Navy, and naval stores became central to the colony’s economy.
The North Carolina Botanical Garden has partnered with the Friends of Plant Conservation to offer several excursions and Lunchbox Talks that highlight some of our state’s rarest plants and natural areas.