I am spending part of my time this winter reading several books about the Outer Banks that I have neglected far too long. Right now I am about half way through David Wright and David Zoby's Fire on the Beach: Recovering the Lost Story of Richard Etheridge and the Pea Island Lifesavers. It is the story of the only all-black Life Saving Station in the country, and so far it is a compelling tale. Appointed as the Service's first black keeper in 1879, Etheridge served with distinction for twenty years. There is little about Ocracoke in the book (the first station was established on Ocracoke in 1883), but Wright and Zoby share much fascinating history of the Life Saving Service, particularly the early stations that dotted the North Carolina Coast.
The book is widely available on the Outer Banks. If you are here now, or will be this coming season, consider checking the book out of our library, or purchasing a copy at one of our local book stores.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is Lou Ann's story of participating in the 2008 Christmas Bird Count on Portsmouth Island. You can read it here.
To read about Philip's new book, Digging up Uncle Evans, History, Ghost Tales, & Stories from Ocracoke Island, please click here.