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, 256 pages, B&W illustrations
2nd edition published Sept. 19, 2016 (originally published April 29, 2013)

MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW BOOKWATCH, September 2017:

“The release of [this] ‘enhanced edition’  …  allows for the addition of numerous photos and the enlargement of others in a classic which closely examines the history and people of a North Carolina island that has experienced much change over the years. … McAllister’s history captures the atmosphere and evolution of the island in such a way that even non-residents and those relatively unfamiliar with Ocracoke will find it a lively, compelling read.” (full review)

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.

It 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, a winner of the North Carolina Society of Historians’ History Book Award, is a delightful look at what makes Ocracoke special – and likely always will.

PRAISE FOR OCRACOKE

“THE RELEASE OF AN ‘ENHANCED EDITION’ of the original 2013 publication Ocracoke: The Pearl of the Outer Banks means that libraries seeking lending copies of an expanded edition and individuals who want a keepsake copy will enjoy a 35 percent increase in page size, which allows for the addition of numerous photos and the enlargement of others in a classic which closely examines the history and people of a North Carolina island that has experienced much change over the years.

“The book is a winner of the North Carolina Association of Historian’s Willie Parker Peace History Book Award, and it well deserves this and other acclaim as it brings together not only local history but a wealth of photos and drawings of Blackbeard, 20th century island life, and more in some 150 black and white illustrations.

“Be forewarned, however, that this book’s pictorial strengths only serve to compliment a treasure trove of text that delves deeply into history; so it’s not intended as a pictorial survey with sketchy facts so much as a detailed history embellished with vintage images. Readers of Outer Banks history will be thrilled at this level of depth, which reaches from early history to World War II’s surge of naval buildup which doubled the population of the island. The development of ferry routes in the 1950s by enterprising businessmen who saw opportunities in such a system (before the state of North Carolina bought the makeshift wooden ferry system begun by Frazier Peele) and the island’s tourist reputation as ‘Pony Island’ (because hundreds of ponies once roamed the island – even though nobody knew exactly how they’d arrived there) are just a few other stories unique to this island and this book.

“Oracoke has become much more accessible in the 20th century, but still remains somewhat isolated despite the influx of tourists. From shipwrecks to hurricanes and exceptional beaches, McAllister’s history captures the atmosphere and evolution of the island in such a way that even non-residents and those relatively unfamiliar with Ocracoke will find it a lively, compelling read.

Ocracoke: The Peal of the Outer Banks is recommended for any collection strong in regional American history in general and North Carolina’s islands in particular.”

  • MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW BOOKWATCH, D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, September 2017

    “BOOK OF THE QUARTER!”
  • SWAN QUARTERLY, Hyde County, N.C., Summer 2013

  • “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

  • OCRACOKE FOLLOWS IN THE WAKE [of Topsail Island, Wrightsville Beach and Hatteras Island]: 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

  • 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 ISLAND (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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