Ocracoke

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Published by Beach Glass Books in collaboration with Ray McAllister Books

Hardcover, 6-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches, 242 pages, B&W pages

2nd edition published Sept. 19, 2016. (Originally published April 29, 2013.)

Ocracoke: The Pearl of the Outer Banks, the fourth book in Ray McAllister’s award-winning North Carolina coastal series, is back in an enhanced second edition, with larger pages and more photographs and signed by the author.

Ocracoke is a look at the history, the people and the continuing allure of the remote, white-sanded island that draws tens of thousands of tourists each year.

Ocracoke tells the island’s story from the early days of Native Americans and European explorers to today’s artists, musicians, fishermen and bicycle-riding tourists. Along the way, it shares the stories of Blackbeard the Pirate’s bloody demise, German U-boat attacks off Ocracoke’s coast, and the role of the iconic 1823 Ocracoke Lighthouse.

Here, too, are portraits of ferries full of visitors, a legendary herd of once-wild ponies, miles of nationally honored beaches, the charmingly unpaved Howard Street and the poignantly serene British Cemetery – along with the inside stories of what draws families back year after year, generation after generation.

Ocracoke also presents a striking new proposal from Dr. Stephen Leatherman, the world-famous Dr. Beach, to enhance Ocracoke’s reputation as a world-class walking village.

Ocracoke: The Pearl of the Outer Banks is a delightful look at what makes Ocracoke special – and likely always will.

PRAISE FOR OCRACOKE

“Book of the Quarter!”

  • SWAN QUARTERLY, Hyde County, N.C., Summer 2013
  • “Ocracoke follows in the wake [of Topsail, Wrightsville and Hatteras]: a casual, chatty introduction to Ocracoke Island and its storied history, with plenty of entertaining tales. McAllister talks about Blackbeard, of course, and has a lifeboat full of shipwreck yarns, but there is also material on the Outer Banks ponies, the unique ‘hoi toide’ accent of the Banks natives and details about the Ocracoke lighthouse.”
  • WILMINGTON (N.C.) STAR-NEWS, Ben Steelman
  • McAllister captures the essence of this island with anecdotes, personal reflections, informal interviews with Ocracokers, and intriguing histories. … Each subsequent chapter focuses a tightened lens on the singularities that define the “pearl of the Outer Banks.” From shipwrecks to life-saving stations, from the squat lighthouse to that solitary patch of Great Britain—the tiny cemetery that contains the graves of four English seamen, McAllister paints each element with detailed brushstrokes. Throughout it all, the central characters come to life, whether it’s Blackbeard whose headless body was thrown into Ocracoke waters after his famous battle with Lieutenant Robert Maynard, or Phillip Howard who spent hours talking with McAllister, threading their conversations with strands of island legends. That’s what weaves it all together, McAllister’s tightly woven stories that spilled from the mouths of villagers and visitors alike. There’s real poignancy in the story told by Judy Latham, how her husband David—now deceased—proposed to her in the shadow of the Ocracoke Lighthouse. Ocracoke The Pearl of the Outer Banks is part history, part guide book, but mainly it’s a loving tribute to this “great place to be going to, instead of from.””
  • NORTH OF THE JAMES, Richmond, Va., Charles McGuigan
  • CONTENTS . Map . Preface.  Chapter One The Pearl of the Outer Banks . Chapter Two Early Days . Chapter Three Blackbeard . Chapter Four A Village Removed . Chapter Five The Lighthouse . Chapter Six The Civil War . Chapter Seven Shipwrecks and Life-Saving Stations . Chapter Eight Hurricanes . Chapter Nine A Little Cemetery . Chapter Ten The Sands of Ocracoke . Chapter Eleven Ocracokers . Chapter Twelve The Ferries, The Highway, and the Seashore Park . Chapter Thirteen The World Finds Ocracoke . Chapter Fourteen The Ponies . Chapter Fifteen The Keepers of Ocracoke . Chapter Sixteen A Proposal for Tomorrow . Chapter Seventeen The Essence of Ocracoke . Acknowledgments . Bibliography . Index

    20 Places to Find OCRACOKE on the Outer Banks

    OCRACOKE (5)

  • Books to be Red
  • Village Craftsmen
  • Ocracoke Preservation Society David Williams House Museum
  • Pirate’s Chest
  • Ocracoke Variety Store
  • HATTERAS ISLAND (5)

    • Buxton Village Books, Buxton
    • Askins Creek Store, Avon
    • Sandcastles, Avon
    • Lee Robinson’s General Store, Hatteras Village
    • Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, Hatteras Village

    NORTHERN OUTER BANKS (10)

  • Island Bookstores (3): Duck, Corolla, & Kitty Hawk
  • Cotton Gin (4): Jarvisburg, Corolla, Nags Head, Currituck Beach Lighthouse
  • Duck’s Cottage (2): Duck, Manteo
  • Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo
  • Ocracoke: The Pearl of the Outer Banks, by award-winning coastal author Ray McAllister, will be published April 29 by Beach Glass Books.

    The $19.95 hardcover, the fourth book in the author’s North Carolina coastal series, is a look at the history, the people and the continuing allure of the remote, white-sanded island that draws tens of thousands of tourists each year.

    Ocracoke tells the island’s story from the early days of Native Americans and European explorers to today’s artists, musicians, fishermen and bicycle-riding tourists. Along the way, it shares the stories of Blackbeard the Pirate’s bloody demise, German U-boat attacks off Ocracoke’s coast, and the role of the iconic 1823 Ocracoke Lighthouse.

    Here, too, are portraits of ferries full of visitors, a legendary herd of once-wild ponies, miles of nationally honored beaches, the charmingly unpaved Howard Street and the poignantly serene British Cemetery – along with the inside stories of what draws families back year after year, generation after generation.

    Text Box: ISBN: 978-0-615-71678-7 $19.95 hardcover. Published April 29, 2013. 5 x 8, 242 pages, B&W photographs Ocracoke also presents a striking new proposal from Dr. Stephen Leatherman, the world-famous Dr. Beach, to enhance Ocracoke’s reputation as a

    ISBN: 978-0-615-71678-7 $19.95 hardcover.

    Published April 29, 2013. 5 x 8, 242 pages, B&W photographs

    world-class walking village.

    Ocracoke: The Pearl of the Outer Banks is a delightful look at what makes Ocracoke special – and likely always will.

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