Navassa, NC – Just a few miles west of Wilmington along the Brunswick River lies the town of Navassa. Named after a Caribbean island mined for its bird guano, Navassa began importing and processing it into fertilizer in the late 19th Century. By the 1950s, Navassa employed nearly 4000 workers in five fertilizer factories. But by the early 1980s, the factories and the jobs were gone. All that's left now are hundreds of acres of contaminated land. With high unemployment and a poorly-educated population, the town is struggling.
Wilmington NC – [Click the Listen button to hear Steven's commentary.]
It was the year 1841, and Robert Schumann was writing music for orchestra. The previous year, he wrote songs, a vast and passionate outpouring inspired by his marriage to Clara Wieck over the strong objections of her father. But in 1841, he turned from songs to symphonies, writing his first in January, followed in the spring by an Overture, Scherzo, and Finale and then in the fall by yet another symphony.
Barbara recently returned from a visit to the emerald isle where she saw much that appealed to her senses.
By Barbara Sullivan
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Barbara Sullivan lives and gardens in downtown Wilmington. She came back from Ireland, only to have to dash off to Long Island where she is receiving a 2004 Garden Globe Award from the Garden Writers Association.