Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Summer 2017

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42 Summer 2017 | Wake Forest 27587 Magazine DeMille, whose family has deep roots in what is affectionately called "Little Washing- ton," in the summer of 1940 sailed in on his 106-foot schooner, Seaward, for the wedding of a cousin, Katherine "Kack" Blunt Hard- ing, to Henry Hodges. But it didn't seem like much of a wedding day. "It was more like Cecil B. DeMille Day," a cousin, Lalla Bragaw, was later quoted as saying. Indeed, the manager of the downtown theater, then showing the premiere of a film on outlaw Jesse James, reworked the mar- quee to read: THE RETURN OF FRANK JAMES AND CECIL B. DEMILLE. "If I smile at that reminiscently, the smile lingers for another reason," DeMille later wrote, "the warmth with which little Washington embraced a faraway, but not forgetful, son." Today, this sailing port along the Pamlico River with breathtaking views of North Car- olina's Inner Banks — just a 2-hour drive from the Triangle — is taking on a new vital- ity, for young and old alike. Step into downtown's Grub Brothers res- taurant on West Main Street in the historic district and you'll find such items as craft beer, copies of Carolina Brew Scene maga- zine for the truly curious aficionados, shrimp and grits, and a bar with easy-to-reach buck- ets of rather unique condiments –unshelled peanuts waiting to be cracked open. "It's like a southern restaurant with a twist," said Joan Meyland, the proprietor. Nor is there any mistaking the historic ambiance along this strip just a short walk from the waterfront. Rachel K's Bakery is in the one-time town hall. e Bank Bistro & Bar — in the circa 1852 Bank of Washington — sports not only white linen table cloths but a walk-in vault, framed in flickering lights, behind the bar. "ere's a new steakhouse coming in across the street. We're really starting to see Continued on Page 44 ❱❱ COURTESY OF BEACON STREET DEVELOPMENT / MOSS LANDING Moss Landing, a 38-home development with classical architecture, entices with a clubhouse and a 92-slip marina (shown on previous two pages). "Everything you love about life, right outside your door," reads the ad copy. That would certainly include the spectacular sunsets. By Philip M. Read T here's an old story still making the rounds in this coastal community known as "e Original Washington," a city that took its name in — cannon salute — 1776, the first of countless American towns to adopt the surname of the first president. It has been passed down through the generations, the story of a visit in the summer of 1940 by legendary film pioneer Cecil B. DeMille — whose Hollywood blockbusters would ultimately culminate in 1956's "e Ten Commandments," starring Charlton Heston.

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