Season 1, Episode 7
Our guest on this episode of the Life in the Carolinas podcast is Beth Pittman, author and curator of the website and Facebook group “Outlander North Carolina.” Outlander is a series of 8 (soon to be 9) books that begins in Scotland in the 1940s but takes a dramatic turn when the main character travels back in time to America in the year 1743. The books have since become a television series, currently in its 4thseason, as well as a theatrical production. Beth has found herself enamored with the narrative, the historical elements, and the characters and she knows that she is not alone.
Fans of the books are flocking to North Carolina historic sites such as Tryon Palace, Wilmington, Alamance Battleground, Edenton, Fort Defiance, and Western North Carolina, and Beth and others in the know believe that Outlander-related tourism will only increase as the North Carolina portions of the show begin to air. What sets the Outlanderseries apart from other historical fiction/fantasy is the thoroughly-researched and accurate historical aspects included by the author. In fact, Beth’s own interest in North Carolina’s history has been incited as her interest in Outlander has increased.
In September 2018, Beth organized and hosted A Fraser Homecoming weekend at Leatherwood, which was attended by people from 20 different states and featured speakers, musicians, reenactors, educators, and naturalists specializing in 18thcentury America and North Carolina specifically. She was pleasantly surprised by the popularity of the event and has already set the date for next year’s Homecoming: October 3-6, 2019.
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