tourism history onslow lisa whitman grice

Meet Onslow County’s “Unofficial” Historian

tourism history onslow lisa whitman grice

What brought you to Onslow County?

Both of my grandmothers’ families have lived in Onslow County since the 18th century.  My grandfathers were both handsome young Marines who came here during World War II and married local girls.  We have chosen to stay here because this is home – the beauty, the history, the connection.

What is it about history and the stories of Onslow County that drives your passion?

So many – it is a place that speaks to my heart.  The beauty of the landscape, the rivers, the ocean, the marshland, the forest – then the story of the people from those first peoples who inhabited this area to the settles and their intrepid spirit to build Onslow County.  I also love the stories that people share with me; their very personal experiences from farming families and fishing families whose livelihoods were so interwoven with the natural world.  And, finally those families who are now new to Onslow County but bring their experiences and perspectives to add to the grander story.  We are a microcosm of the world – and together we are Onslow.

What is your favorite part about being at the Onslow County Museum?

Every day when I get to share the story of Onslow with our visitors.  I especially enjoy giving school tours and seeing children get excited about the history of the county and make connections with their own stories. We are here to not just collect the history of Onslow but to share it and celebrate it. I always want to encourage our visitors of any age to want to get out and explore the county, take a back road, learn something new or try something new.

Is there anything else that you would like to share?

Thank you for inviting me to be part of this.  I firmly believe we should all be tourists in our own back yards and once we know everything we have to offer to make sure we share that with others.  Everyone should experience the warmth and beauty of Onslow County.

Onslow County Tourism

Onslow County Tourism

As one of North Carolina’s oldest counties, Onslow County reflects a rich and varied history.  It’s also the proud home of the Marines of Camp Lejeune, New River Air Station, Camp Johnson and Camp Geiger.

The county has been graced with an extraordinary natural beauty: over 30 miles of wide, unspoiled beaches, waters teeming with an abundance of marine life, forests filled with wildlife, and rich farmland to harvest.

Today, you can explore everything from military and historic monuments to beautiful waterways and beaches to friendly spots to eat and play.