Friends of the Museum of the Albemarle members, please join us Friday, Oct. 1st for the FOMOA Annual Meeting from 5:30 – 6 p.m. with exhibit opening to follow from 6 – 8 p.m. Special Appearance by the original Out ‘n the Cold band. Light Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Rebecca Stiles at (252) 331-4021

Across the country, every small town has its secrets. Explore this lobby exhibit to try and solve the mysterious disappearance and death of 19-year-old Elizabeth City resident Ella Maud “Nell” Cropsey. Nell was last seen alive on her front porch the night of November 20, 1901. Over a month later, her body was found in the Pasquotank River.

What do you think happened to Nell Cropsey? Was it her boyfriend, James “Jim” Wilcox? After a disagreement, he was the last known person to see her that evening. Rumors spread that her father knew more about her disappearance than he admitted. Perhaps a second gentleman who visited the Cropsey residence that dreadful night contributed to her murder or disappearance. Or maybe she did drown, as some theories state.

During a History for Lunch presentation, The Woeful Story of Nell Cropsey and Jim Wilcox, on Wednesday, October 6 at noon, Elizabeth City native and author, William E. Dunstan, will bring these old, twisted wounds to light.

Join us to explore & solve the mystery. Oct. 1st through Nov. 20th