Introduction: Episode 5: Tidewater: Homecoming (03:39)
The Carolina coast makes Baratunde Thurston feel connected to his outdoor origin story and humanity's collective history. Powerful forces shape the landscape, (Credits)
Great Dismal Swamp (07:53)
The swamp stretches across 175 square miles. Eric Shepherd can trace his roots to Moses Grandy. The swamp is one of the largest Underground Railroad sites; Maroons built communities in the area. Archaeologist Dan Sayers and Thurston visit an island where the Maroons once lived.
Maroon Communities (04:59)
Sayers and Thurston explore the Great Dismal Swamp and locate a Maroon artifact. Shepherd laments the public's lack of knowledge about the Maroons. He and other activists lobby Congress to designate the Great Dismal Swamp a national heritage area.
Jockey's Ridge State Park (07:36)
The Wright Brothers tested their aircraft at the dunes. Billy Vaughn runs a flight school outside Kitty Hawk. He teaches Thurston how to operate a Wright Glider.
Graveyard of the Atlantic (07:33)
Shipwrecks litter the ocean floor off the coast of Cape Hatteras; shoals on the Outer Banks are dangerous. Mark Corbit and Thurston dive the wreck site of the SS Oriental. Corbit has been photographing shipwrecks for 12 years.
Outer Banks (09:11)
People share their thoughts about the beach and wild horses. Meg Puckett and her team work to preserve the horses that roam Corolla; people and horses compete for space. DNA suggests the horses' lineage traces to 16th century Spain. Puckett and Thurston collect DNA samples.
Approximately 400 people live on the island that is undergoing rapid change; parts of the island are disappearing. Mayor James Eskridge catches and sells soft-shell crabs. He and Thurston visit an area of communities that is now under water. Thurston reflects on his experiences.
Credits: Episode 5: Tidewater: Homecoming (America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston) (00:31)
Credits: Episode 5: Tidewater: Homecoming (America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston)
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