Tar, Pitch and Turpentine: Naval Stores in North Carolina, 1705-1950

Bryan Avery with Tar Mound

Why are North Carolinians called Tar Heels? This history program examines the practices and context of the North Carolina naval stores industry from its beginnings in 1705 through its decline in 1950. Brayan Avery and a team of volunteers operate a pine turpentine orchard and use this raw material to recover the practice and history of traditional tar-making process. This presentation highlights the history and context of the production of naval in North Carolina. The program includes demonstration videos of modern tar mounds created by Avery and tar product samples as well as displays of original tools, equipment and historical photos. The recreated products Avery’s team has made have been tested by Campbell University chemists for safety.


DVD player and display tables.