Outer Banks (Images of America)

October 30, 2020
Outer Banks (Images of America)

Adestination for many tourists eager for sun, sand, and asimpler way of life, and a far distant cry from the glitter andneon of more traditional, commercial oriented beaches, the OuterBanks of North Carolina is a natural wonder sheltering andbuffering Eastern North Carolina from the volatile temperament ofthe Atlantic Ocean. Even before the official birth of NorthCarolina and into the twenty-first century, this coastal strip ofbarrier islands has played an important role in the state's andnation's history, from the mysterious and tragic disappearance ofthe Lost Colony on Roanoke Island to its strategic importanceduring the Civil War and World War II to today, serving as afriendly haven for visitors worldwide.Outer Banks, with over 180 images, many seen here forthe first time, is a fascinating visual history, allowing thereader to explore the many different facets of life throughout theregion. This volume is full of captivating scenes of earlyfishermen, both professional and amateur, proudly displaying theirsuccessful catches of the day; photographs of North Carolina's mostfamous aerial pioneers, the Wright Brothers, and their earlyexperimental flying machines; views of many long-forgotten lifesaving stations, homes to countless brave volunteers who patrolledthese turbulent waters, risking their own lives to save hundreds ofsailors and passengers when their ships were in distress; andscenes of the Outer Banks' most notable and visible landmarks, itsbeautiful lighthouses, such as Cape Hatteras and Bodie Island.