Can’t get to the OBX or Eastern N.C. shops (see list below)? We can ship to you. NOTE: Portsmouth author Ellen Fulcher Cloud is deceased. Ray McAllister, who wrote the foreword, can sign if desired. By mail: Send $19.95 to Ray McAllister Books, P.O. Box 72672, North Chesterfield, VA 23235.
“Portsmouth,” $19.95 with free shipping
Can’t get to the OBX or Eastern N.C. shops (see list below)? We can ship to you.
NOTE: Portsmouth author Ellen Fulcher Cloud is deceased. Ray McAllister, who wrote the foreword, can sign if desired.
By mail: Send $19.95 to Ray McAllister Books, P.O. Box 72672, North Chesterfield, VA 23235.
The Way It Was
By Ellen Fulcher Cloud
New edition with
Foreword by Ray McAllister
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OBX ‘GHOST VILLAGE’ CLASSIC
RE-PUBLISHED IN ENHANCED EDITION BY BEACH GLASS
The Outer Banks classic, Portsmouth: The Way It Was, by the late Ellen Fulcher Cloud, long almost impossible to find, has been republished in an enhanced edition by Beach Glass Books.
The $19.95 hardcover, which tells the true story of “the ghost village of the Outer Banks,” was launched May 20 at the Friends of Portsmouth Island annual meeting on Ocracoke Island, concurrently going on sale throughout the OBX.
A small, now uninhabited island southwest of Ocracoke, Portsmouth Island was once a thriving seaport serving the North Carolina coast.
In the award-winning Portsmouth: The Way It Was, first published in 1996, Ellen Fulcher Cloud recreates the island’s early history based on previously undocumented information: records of storms, wars, and Federal occupation during the Civil War, along with numerous personal letters and photographs. Here, too, are the stories of America’s first marine hospital, established on Portsmouth in 1820; of Dr. Samuel Dudley, the wealthy physician later in charge; and of John Wallace, the businessman “Governor of Shell Castle.” We meet the brave members of the Life-Saving Service, the island’s one black family, and Mrs. Mattie Gilgo, whose daylong interview describes Portsmouth life a century ago. We go inside the island’s mail service and village school – and learn why this flourishing village emptied out after two centuries of existence.
Portsmouth: The Way It Was, which includes a new foreword by award-winning coastal author Ray McAllister, is being republished in an enhanced edition. Included are more pages and photographs, enhanced photo reproduction and a keepsake hardcover binding.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ellen Fulcher Cloud is the author of three books, including Ocracoke Lighthouse and Old Salt. A native of Ocracoke Island, she was a local historian, preservationist and genealogist, as well as an accomplished sketch artist. Ms. Cloud, who was involved in the early phases of the project, passed away in December 2016. The book was completed with the assistance of her daughters.
Whenever possible, Beach Glass Books and Ray McAllister Books urge readers to buy from local book-selling stores.
Here are shops that will be selling Portsmouth after its May 20 publication. Check back, as other shops are added.
- Books to be Red, Ocracoke
- Buxton Village Books, Buxton
- Downtown Books, Manteo
- Duck’s Cottage Coffee & Books, Duck
- Island Bookstore, Corolla
- Island Bookstore, Duck
- Island Bookstore, Kitty Hawk
- Ocracoke Preservation Society Museum, Ocracoke
- Variety Store, Ocracoke
EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA
- Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center, Harkers Island
- Scuttlebutt Nautical Books and Bounty, Beaufort