The Outer Banks of North Carolina, 1584-1958

By David Stick

367 pp., 6.125 x 9.25

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-4277-5
    Published: April 1990
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-1-4696-2415-0
    Published: January 2015
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-6701-8
    Published: January 2015

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The Outer Banks have long been of interest to geologists, historians, linguists, sportsmen, and beachcombers. This long series of low, narrow, sandy islands stretches along the North Carolina coast for more than 175 miles.

Here on Roanoke Island in the 1580s, the first English colony in the New World was established. It vanished soon after, becoming the famous "lost colony." At Ocracoke, in 1718, the pirate Blackbeard was killed; at Hatteras Inlet and Roanoke Island important Civil War battles were fought; at Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills the Wright brothers experimented with gliders and in 1903 made their epic flight. The Graveyard of the Atlantic, scene of countless shipwrecks, lies all along the ever-shifting shores of the Banks.

This is the fascinating story of the Banks and the Bankers; of whalers, stockmen, lifesavers, wreckers, boatmen, and fishermen; of the constantly changing inlets famous for channel bass fishing; and of the once thriving Diamond City that disappeared completely in a three-year period.

About the Author

David Stick has lived on the Outer Banks since he was nine years old. His other books include Graveyard of the Atlantic, Roanoke Island, and An Outer Banks Reader.
For more information about David Stick, visit the Author Page.


"[Stick's] easy narrative style makes the book pleasant and at times exciting reading. . . . Even this sober, careful historian, rejecting all that he cannot prove, presents the Banks as a wildly romantic region that has consistently attracted adventurers from Walter Raleigh to the Wright Brothers."--New York Herald Tribune Book Review

"Both the well-known and the not so well-known are brought vividly to life in David Stick's flowing narrative of the Outer Banks and the Bankers as they were yesterday and are today."--Library Journal