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This ebook was created with the hope that all residents and visitors to Ocean Isle Beach will enjoy reading about people, places, and happenings in this area over the past thousand years. We wrote this book to preserve and bring to life the history, character, and charm of Ocean Isle Beach (OIB). We want people of all ages to enjoy the rich history of this area, from the lives of Cape Fear Indians to the explorations of Verrazano. This book illustrates and describes the exploits of OIB pirates, the rise of large plantations, our Revolutionary War fighters, the salt mills, the dueling matches, the Civil War wrecks, the Prohibition years of OIB liquor smuggling, the 1920’s OIB dance hall, the World War II shipwrecks here, the hard work of Mr. Odell Williamson, and OIB’s public servant individuals today.

This book is not intended to be comprehensive in its coverage of the history of this area, but rather to provide a glimpse into the trials, tribulations, successes, and failures of people who worked and lived here years ago. In many respects, everyone who lives or visits here owes what we have today to our forbearers who fought the good fight for us here – from Colonists who fought the British, to Confederate soldiers defending blockade runners at Tubbs Inlet, to Coast Guardsmen stationed on OIB during World War II. We have tried diligently in this book the record the exact day and year of historical events in this area. Indeed this whole book is laid out chronologically beginning with the American Indians who lived at OIB thousands of years before Europeans arrived, and ending with names and pictures of current OIB public servant individuals.

The online encyclopedia Wikipedia states: “the first permanent photograph was made in 1826 by Joseph Nicephore Niepce using a sliding wooden box camera made by Charles and Vincent Chevalier in Paris.” Therefore, pre-1826 pictures in this book are mostly depictions of what places and things and people may have looked like. Among the more than 200 pictures total in this book, the post-1826 pictures in contrast are mostly actual and authentic. Please visit the many links on this site for many more pictures and stories about the history of Ocean Isle Beach.

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This ebook is a 130 page, full color, 8.5 x 11 inch pictorial and narrative history of the Ocean Isle Beach area. It is professionally edited by an Internationally-acclaimed publisher.

If you are at Ocean Isle, you may purchase your book(s) at The Museum Gift Shop, the Planetarium Gift Shop, the Pelican Bookstore at Seaside, Beach Exchange or the Ocean Isle Beach Fishing Center on the Island.

If you have any issues with the purchase of this book or have any questions about how you can arrange ordering in a different way, please contact us.

Please note that this book is copyright protected and it is illegal to resell the digital copy.  We hope that you refer your friends and family to our website to purchase this eBook as well.