For decades, the folk tales of Charles Harry Whedbee have been available wherever you care to look on the Outer Banks. Their popularity has transcended Whedbee's loyal readership among North Carolinians and visitors from the Northeast and the Midwest. Charles Harry Whedbee was an elected judge in his native Greenville, North Carolina, for thirty-plus years, but his favorite place was the Outer Banks, Nags Head in particular. Whedbee was the author of the five folklore collections listed below. He died in 1990. In 2004, the staff of John F. Blair, Publisher, collected 13 of Judge Whedbee's finest stories for the volume titled <i>Pirates, Ghosts, and Coastal Lore</i>. If this is your introduction to Charles Harry Whedbee, you'll soon understand his love for the people and the history of the Outer Banks.
Outer Banks Tales to Rememberby Judge Charles Harry Whedbee
Whedbee's lifelong love and admiration for
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The coast of North Carolina is steeped in legend and folklore. Romance and excitement breed as naturally as mosquitoes in this enchanting but sometimes harsh land. The people on the Outer Banks have been telling and retelling the region's stories—often embellishing them along the way—for generations.
Whedbee's lifelong love and admiration for the coastal people have moved him three times to record this priceless oral heritage. But three collections of coastal legends have not exhausted the rich supply. Nearly every time he visits the Outer Banks, the author hears a new tale or another version of an old one and gets "that itch" to write it down for everyone to enjoy.
That itch produced the seventeen stories in this fourth volume. There are tales of Indians and trappers, ghosts and firebirds, sea horses and sand dollars, romance and heartache. Some of the stories tell of eerie and frightening events. Some chronicle the history of the coast and its early inhabitants. Others tease us with the promise of love and happiness, only to end in tragedy and despair. Still others explain the strange habits and appearances of local flora and fauna in ways far more intriguing than the scientists do.
Some Outer Bankers accept many of these stories as gospel. Others tell them for the sheer joy of it. But as Whedbee says, "Whether you believe any or all of them, a tale should be, like beauty, its own excuse for being." So here you will find neither fact nor fiction but a spicy assortment of entertainments that will be enjoyed for generations to come.
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I thought Outer Banks Tales to Remember was very interesting. As an Outer Banks lover myself I found myself intrigued by all of the hidden history and folklore. I would recommend this book for all ages, just be ready for a ghost story here or there. As I go back to the outer banks every year with my family and friends nothing really ever changes from the Captain Frank's hot dogs to the enchanting history. I would definitely say that this is one of my favorite places to be in the entire world! - Franny Banks