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Where is Half-Way Bluff on Long Creek?

Amy Hotz

It’s about halfway up Long Creek.

More specifically, it’s close to the intersection of Long Creek with Riley’s Creek in Pender County.

The earliest I could find the name is in Revolutionary War pension applications. Several veterans including George Bannerman, James Lee and James Devane testified that they spent some time encamped at “half-way bluff on Long Creek.”

From there, the men were dispersed to various locations. Bannerman went to guard Negrohead Point Road. Lee left  to carry pieces of artillery to Kinston. And Devane, an officer, testified that he obtained a leave of absence while at Half-Way Bluff which was around the same time that Cornwallis marched on Wilmington.

The name appears during the 19th century in land deeds including that of Charles Scott, who, for 150 dollars in 1835, bought “a certain piece of land (formerly owned and occupied by Richard Taylor, deceased) on the northeast side of Long Creek below the Junction of Rileys & Long Creek and above a landing on Long Creek known as the ½ way Bluff (sic) landing.”

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