Stacy, NC History

Stacy Community History

By James T. Lewis

Attempts were made by Sir Water Raleigh in 1558-87 to colonize North Carolina. One of his noted settlements was what is now known as the Lost Colony. The land was granted to proprietors in the late 1600s. A Royal Province was formed in 1728 when North and South Carolina separated. The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence was passed in 1775. North Carolina was the scene of several battle during the War of Independence. We adopted the Constitution of the United States in 1789, seceded from the Union on May 20, 1861, and were readmitted in July of 1868.

The community of Stacy is located in the eastern part of Carteret County, North Carolina, between the latitudes 30 North and 35 West. It is located between Oyster Creek and Nelson Bay to the north and jetties out into Core Sound to a point. It was this “point” that Stacy got is first name, Piney Point, by which it was known until 1888. I have been told by my uncle that Piney Point was used as an important landmark for the seafarers as they sailed boats through Core Sound. Today, the community is still referred to as Piney Point by some of the elder people. The land is mostly at about sea level with some ridges as high as four or five feet above sea level.

The Indians that lived here before the area was colonized were know as the Core Indians. It is believed that there was a settlement of Indians in this location because some of the people have told me of finding pottery and other items across from the old schoolhouse. That area is believed to have been an old burying ground for the Indians. The Core Indians were peaceful Indians, and as the white man moved here, they moved out to other areas inland.

On March 27, 1927, Mr. Abraham Mitchell was granted a large number of acres on the north side of Nelson Bay. At this time Stacy was in the township of Hunting Quarters. Hunting Quarters covered the area from Oyster Creek to Cedar Island with Sea Level being the largest community at that time. As people began to settle and grow in the area of Sea Level, they began to move and spread out the west side of Nelson Bay. This area was called Mason Town and is still referred to by that name today.

In Mason Town they had a meetinghouse, Mason’s Chapel, where preachers would come and hold meetings and also served as school in those early days. Later on, Mason’s Chapel served as the first schoolhouse.

William Salter was deeded 350 acres in 1752 – land somewhere between Oyster Creek and Nelson Bay. Britten Willis was one of the early settlers in the area of Piney Point and in the middle or late 1700s. People had begun to settle in the area of Hunting Quarters and were beginning to spread out. Many people lived on the Outer Banks and in the early years, you could walk from Portsmouth to Cape Lookout on dry land. (At one time part of the Middle Ground in Core Sound was an island.)

During the 1800s the area was growing very, very fast and people were moving from the Outer Banks to the mainland. Some of the products of the area were pitch tar and farm products; boatbuilding was one of their industries.

The first store that I can find any information about was the Al Shot Pines Store, which was located just to the right of what is now known as Flakes Road.

None of the men of Piney Point were involved in the Civil War directly; but I understand that when the Union troops began to take Fort Macon there were two or three men who heard the battle and sailed to Harkers Island to see what was going on and were almost sunk by the shelling in the area. It is told that they had to go ashore at Harkers Island because of the intense battle between Union forces and Southern forces for Fort Macon. As far as I have been able to determine, they returned home without being hurt.

There were only a few families living in what we know today as Stacy during the 19870s and 1880s, but it was growing. In 1888 a Dr. William Paul got the post office started; and at this time, the name of the community was changed from Piney Point to Stacy. Most of Stacy’s history is included in the church history.

During World War I, many men from Stacy served in the armed forces for the country; and so far as I have found no one was killed. There was one life lost during World War II from among the many from this community so served the country.

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