Voices From the Outer Banks
This volume presents words of people who lived the uncommonly rich history of the barrier islands that stretch from the Virginia border southward through Cape Lookout.
It includes contemporary accounts of the first British settlement in North America, 18th-century articles about the pirate Blackbeard, and insights from family members who once inhabited the nation’s most iconic lighthouse.
Topics include “the Graveyard of the Atlantic,” a nod to the rough waters that have claimed hundreds of vessels. The volume also includes first-person accounts of Civil War battles, a freedmen’s colony, hunt clubs that drew the first wealthy tourists, and lifesavers who used horses to pull surfboats. “Voices From the Outer Banks” is edited by John F. Blair, Publisher’s longtime editor Stephen Kirk, who lives near Winston-Salem. The book is part of the publisher’s Real Voices, Real History series. Softcover, 256 pages, 20 photos, $12.95; e-book is $8.99.