The History of Ocean Isle Beach

Local authors Fred R David and Vern J. Bender created this book with the hope that all residents and visitors to Ocean Isle Beach will enjoy reading about people, places, and happenings in this area over the past thousand years.

It was written to preserve and bring to life the history, character, and charm of Ocean Isle Beach. Their desire is for people of all ages to enjoy the rich history of this area, from the lives of Cape Fear Indians to the explorations of Verrazano.

This book illustrates and describes the exploits of Ocean Isle Beach pirates, the rise of large plantations, our Revolutionary War fighters, the salt mills, the dueling matches, the Civil War wrecks, the Prohibition years of Ocean Isle Beach liquor smuggling, the 1920’s Ocean Isle Beach dance hall, the World War II shipwrecks here, the hard work of Mr. Odell Williamson (founder of Ocean Isle Beach), and the town’s public servant individuals today.

This book is not intended to be comprehensive in its coverage of the history of this area, but rather to provide a glimpse into the trials, tribulations, successes, and failures of people who worked and lived here years ago.

In many respects, everyone who lives or visits Ocean Isle Beach owes what we have today to our forebearers who fought the good fight for us here – from Colonists who fought the British, to Confederate soldiers defending blockade runners at Tubbs Inlet, to Coast Guardsmen stationed on Ocean Isle Beach during World War II.

The authors have tried diligently in this book to record the exact day and year of historical events in this area. Indeed this whole book is laid out chronologically beginning with the American Indians who lived at Ocean Isle Beach thousands of years before Europeans arrived, and ending with names and pictures of current Ocean Isle Beach public servant individuals.

The online encyclopedia Wikipedia states: “the first permanent photograph was made in 1826 by Joseph Nicephore Niepce using a sliding wooden box camera made by Charles and Vincent Chevalier in Paris.” Therefore, pre-1826 pictures in this book are mostly depictions of what places and things and people may have looked like. Among the more than 200 pictures total in this book, the post-1826 pictures in contrast are mostly actual and authentic.

A 130 page, hardbound, full color, 8.5 x 11 inch pictorial and narrative history of the Ocean Isle Beach area. It is professionally edited by an Internationally-acclaimed publisher.
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