LOCAL ETHNOGRAPHY NOW AVAILABLE AT CAPE HATTERAS LIGHTHOUSE
Contact: Outer Banks Group, (252) 473-2111
Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Eastern National, a cooperating association operating in more than 130 national parks which provides quality educational products and services to the visitors, proudly announces that An Ethnohistorical Description of the Eight Villages Adjoining Cape Hatteras National Seashore: Interpretive Themes of History and Heritage is now available for purchase. This long-awaited ethnography is available for $49 per volume at the Eastern National bookstore located in the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Visitor Center.
This two-volume set, compiled by the National Park Service and published by Eastern National, includes forty interviews of local Outer Banks residents that resulted from a three-year long research project. This study grew out of the National Park Service’s recognition of the importance of understanding the social, cultural, and economic histories of communities affected by the park’s policies and actions. Each volume also contains hand drawn community maps; vintage photographs; local customs; and information regarding family names, places and features, dialect, and local legends as well as histories of early communications, local seafood industry, US Lifesaving Service, US Coast Guard, and other military presences on Hatteras Island.
Did You Know?
In the 1700s, Ocracoke Inlet was one of the busiest inlets in the East. It was one of the few navigable waterways for ships accessing inland ports such as Elizabeth City, Edenton or New Bern. It was here that Blackbeard the pirate found the inlet's heavy shipping traffic ripe for easy pickings.