Wrightsville Beach: The Luminous Island

Wrightsville Beach: The Luminous Island

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by Ray McAllister
     
 

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Soon after crossing the drawbridge from the mainland, you�ll reach a fork in the road and face your first decision at Wrightsville Beach. Bearing left will take you to the famous Johnnie Mercer�s Fishing Pier and near the site where a giant sperm whale named Trouble once washed ashore and refused to leave. Bearing right will take you to the classic downtown and points…  See more details below

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Soon after crossing the drawbridge from the mainland, you�ll reach a fork in the road and face your first decision at Wrightsville Beach. Bearing left will take you to the famous Johnnie Mercer�s Fishing Pier and near the site where a giant sperm whale named Trouble once washed ashore and refused to leave. Bearing right will take you to the classic downtown and points south, including the Coast Guard station and the site of the late, great Lumina Pavilion.

Either way, you can�t go wrong.

Either way, you�ll find a vibrant mixture of old and new.

Either way, you�ll hear stories of fires and hurricanes and beach trolleys and Big Bands.

Either way, amid a landscape of change, you�ll find the constancy of waves against sand.

Wrightsville Beach is Ray McAllister�s homage to a special place, a book that captures not only Wrightsville�s history but also its heart.

Unlike most of the North Carolina coast, Wrightsville had a sizable population base, thanks to nearby Wilmington. Development didn�t begin early here, but once it started, it came hard and fast. By the early 20th century, Wrightsville was beckoning family vacationers to its simple beach cottages and day-trippers to its dance floors, cinemas, and sundry amusements.

Through all the changes, Wrightsville has never forgotten the hospitality that made it such a destination in the first place. Just ask the airplane full of Pennsylvanians who fled here to escape one of America�s first manmade disasters. Or the thousands who continue to come for happier reasons today.

Longtime Richmond Times-Dispatch columnist Ray McAllister has visited the North Carolina coast for many years. He lives in Richmond, Virginia.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780895873477
Publisher:
Blair, John F. Publisher
Publication date:
06/28/2007
Series:
The McAllister Coastal Collection
Pages:
243
Sales rank:
1,116,791
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Ray McAllister was a columnist for The Richmond Times-Dispatch from 1988 through 2007 and a newspaper reporter for 14 years before that. His only book had been published in 1995, a collection of mostly humor columns entitled Reflections: Objects in Mirror Appear Backwards, But Maybe It's Me.

But a column he wrote in August 2005 about a small island in North Carolina and the reader response to it led to an acclaimed book, Topsail Island: Mayberry By The Sea, in 2006. Another island book, Wrightsville Beach: The Luminous Island, followed in 2007 and Ray gave up the day job in late 2007 to write books. His latest book is Hatteras Island: Keeper of the Outer Banks.

He is now at work on more island books, a Virginia book and at least one novel. He is also the editor of Boomer Life magazine.

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