EDENTON

Black bears are thriving in eastern North Carolina...20 thousand strong in the state.  This week on the Down East Journal, we talk to wildlife officials about where bears are plentiful and why they’re growing bigger in the eastern part of the state.  Plus, a historic weekend tour in Edenton celebrates the holidays by opening the Wessington House for the first time in six years.  Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas. 

Over the past 30 years, black bear populations in North Carolina have increased fivefold.   This week on the Down East Journal, we talk about new hunting policies in place to help stabilize their numbers.  And, the re-located 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse reopens to the public this weekend in Edenton. More on its history and the renovation process.  Listen for the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations, and Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources

The house had been dated as circa 1900… much in line with the other houses in the neighborhood. The owner’s plan was to turn it into a rental property and work got underway.