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In 1729 the Province of Carolina was divided when the descendants of seven of the eight Lords Proprietors sold their shares back to the Crown. Only the heirs of Sir George Carteret retained their original rights to what would become the Granville District. Both the Province of North Carolina and the Province of South Carolina became English Crown Colonies in 1729.
The boundary was in question while surveying teams mistakenly redrew the border more than once. The North Carolina-South Carolina border veered miles away from the course British colonial officials intended, and then effectively disappeared as the trees it was marked on died.
This map from 1737 shows a nebulous line than simply disappears as it follows a course that is roughly the current border of today.
Authentic map of the North Carolina Coast originally printed in 1737. Museum Quality Giclee’ Prints on acid free high quality paper available in various sizes.
Museum quality Giclee’ prints of the antique map shown above can be purchased in a variety of sizes that fit standard frames by visiting our Island Life NC Store
These Coastal NC beach prints of photos by Dwayne Schmidt are perfect for decorating a home at the beach!
From newborns to weddings to landscape photography.
Several of his pictures have been published in books and magazines.
Two years ago Dwayne and his work were featured on The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America, Fox News, CNN and in magazines and newspapers all over the world when a photo of his went “viral” on the internet.
Dwayne Schmidt’s photos of the barrier islands of NC are available as museum quality giclee prints in the Island Life NC Online Store!
The image held great poignancy with media around globe as it coincided with Memorial Day last year.
The story behind the image:
U.S. Marine Cpl. Caleb Earwood wanted to pray on his wedding with his bride Maggie before their ceremony but as everybody knows it’s bad luck for the groom to see the bride in her wedding dress before the ceremony.
So with the assistance of their family and wedding photographer Dwayne Schmidt, Caleb came down the stairs of the rental home where Maggie was getting ready for the service, and Maggie came out from the door on the ground floor.
With their eyes closed they both reached around to find each others hands. The couple joined hands around the corner so as not to break the tradition and see each other before reaching the altar.
“They hid me in a room and he stepped up on the stairwell and he stuck his hand out and I grabbed his hand,” Maggie Earwood told ABC News.
“As soon as their hands touched he started getting emotional,” Schmidt told ABC News.
“The whole room was full of emotion,” Schmidt said. “I tried not to cry and focus on what I was doing.”
The image shows the couple as they are turning away from each other, with their hands joined, as Caleb prays out loud and Maggie tries to hold back her tears. Caleb prayed for their marriage, asking that their union be strong enough to serve as an example for all young couples, Schmidt said.
“It broke me down,” Maggie Earwood said, “to know that we felt the same way about God. It just made me happy.”
“There were no dry eyes in the room,” she said.
Schmidt posted the photo to his Facebook page that night, meaning for it to be a sneak peek of his day’s work, but it quickly garnered more than 28,000 likes and went viral across the Internet. Dwayne Schmidt’s website had over 52,000 visits within 24 hours!
“So many people are emailing me,” Schmidt said, “saying thank you for sharing this. It’s what America is supposed to be about.”
The couple went on their honeymoon before returning to Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina, where Caleb is based.
We found these local beach prints perfect for decorating a home at the beach.
These Giclee museum quality prints by Artist, Photographer Ken Buckner are perfect for the island living lifestyle. All of these photographic images were taken along the beautiful island beaches of North Carolina!
Artist, Photographer and Author, Ken Buckner, was born in Ohio and raised in Michigan. He was educated at the University of Michigan and graduated with honors from the prestigious Art Center College of Design in California.
Additional study in London was followed by a successful career in advertising in New York and Los Angeles including national recognition.
Ken moved to the North Carolina Coast from Connecticut in 1976 and began his career as a fine artist. Nature photography soon became his main interest. Combining a diverse art background, the latest computer technology, aesthetics and his passion for nature, Ken’s popular photography possesses a timeless beauty.
“I explore beauty with my camera. The photos show the journey.” – Ken Buckner
Here are a few of Ken Buckner’s Coastal North Carolina photographs.
We are pleased to offer all of Ken Buckner’s Museum Quality Giclée Prints in large format as fine quality giclée prints in standard frame sizes in our eCommerce section: The Island Living NC Store
Paper Giclées: All prints fit standard frames, allowing for a self- framing option.
5×7 (Image 4×6 with white around and title).
8×10 (Image size 5×7 with white around and title).
11×14 (Image size 6×9 with white around and title).
16×20 (Image size 10×14 with white around and title).
18×24 (Image Size 12×18 with white around and title).
24×36 (Poster size) has a 20×32 image with 2” of white around the image containing the title.
All paper prints are titled and signed digitally by Ken Buckner.