Dennis Jones, a local Onslow County country boy who grew up living in the piney woods and farmland of Richlands will share his knowledge of the naval stores industry in Eastern North Carolina at the Swansboro Historical Association meeting to be held at the:

Swansboro Recreation Center at 6:30 pm on Monday, November 17th

This program is co-sponsored by the Swansboro Historical Association and the Swansboro Recreation Center.

Mr. Jones will emphasize the tremendous impact the Naval Stores Industry had on Onslow County for over 150 years. He will talk briefly about the process of harvesting the four main naval stores products of tar, pitch, turpentine and rosin. He will speak on the tools used and the transportation of the products to market, many of which departed through Swansboro. Hopefully those attending will understand why the industry vanished from our region by the end of the first two decades of the twentieth century.

Mr. Jones is an Onslow County native, who was raised in Richlands, graduating from RHS in 1966. He holds a B.S. degree in mathematics from Atlantic Christian College in Wilson; a M.A. degree in geography from UNC, Chapel Hill; and an EdS degree in educational administration and curriculum from ECU. After teaching math and social studies at Jacksonville High School for thirteen years, he returned to Richlands High, serving as Assistant Principal for eleven years. In 1966 he was promoted to Principal of RHS, until he retired on June 30, 2001. From August 2001 until May 2011 he served as an adjunct instructor in geography for Campbell University's extension at Camp Lejeune. He is active in several historical organizations, including the Onslow County Museum Foundation Board, Onslow County Historical Society; Jones County Historical Society; Heritage Genealogical Society; the Old New Hanover Genealogical Society and the North Carolina Genealogical Society. Mr. Jones enjoys studying and researching local history and genealogy, often times serving as a tour guide for individuals or groups within our area!!

His talk will be lively, fascinating and will offer a great picture of the Naval industry in this area.

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