NEW! Enhanced edition with larger pages and more photos. Just $22.95 with FREE ship.
- $22.95 retail price, ISBN: 978-0-692-74245-7.
- 2nd edition published Sept. 19, 2016, by Beach Glass Books in collaboration with Ray McAllister Books (original edition published April 29, 2013)
- Hardcover, 6-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches, 256 pages, B&W illustrations
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.”
“BOOK OF THE QUARTER!”
“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.””
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
20 Places to Find OCRACOKE on the Outer Banks
OCRACOKE ISLAND (5)
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)
Never had a speech of mine “tweeted” before. So if you missed “Ocracoke” at the Virginia Historical Society, here’s the “Cliff’s Notes” version (you do remember Cliff’s Notes, right?):
1. VaHistoricalSociety @vahistorical 8 Aug @RRayMcAllister talking about Capt Teach, commonly called Black Beard, & #Ocracoke #history. #rva pic.twitter.com/M14Vix6B0y View photo
2. VaHistoricalSociety @vahistorical 8 Aug @RRayMcAllister says everyone gets pic taken w/ #lighthouse while in #Ocracoke
3. VaHistoricalSociety @vahistorical 8 Aug @RRayMcAllister says many homes in #Ocracoke built of wood from shipwrecked boats. Very interesting! #history #outerbanks
4. Jennifer Guild @jenguild 8 Aug “@vahistorical: @RRayMcAllister says everyone gets pic taken w/ #lighthouse while in #Ocracoke” yep. Went in June. Got the pic. VaHistoricalSociety @vahistorical 8 Aug
5. @RRayMcAllister says in 1950s #Ocracoke had nation’s only mounted Boy Scout troop! #ponies #history #outerbanks VaHistoricalSociety @vahistorical 8 Aug @RRayMcAllister says there are 745 acres in #Ocracoke village