- Associated Press - Friday, March 28, 2014

MANTEO, N.C. (AP) - Officials are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge with longer hours at the visitor center, interactive exhibits and a visit from an author.

The event is scheduled for Friday, when the visitor center will stay open four hours longer than usual, until 8 p.m. Birthday cake will be served.

When a large parcel of land was set aside in March 1984 for the refuge, it included an area once known as Buffalo City, a lumber town that at one time was home to about 900 people. Author Suzanne Tate wrote a book about that time titled “Logs and Moonshine: Tales of Buffalo City, N.C.”

The book includes interviews and photos from former Buffalo City residents.

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