Forgotten Tales of North Carolina
Is it Sir Walter Raleigh, Guilford Courthouse and the Wright
Brothers? Or do you think of sea monsters, drunken geese, hitchhiking
alligators and a boy with "America" spelled out in his eyes?
Throughout its 350-year past, North Carolina has been the site of a
vast number of famous historical events. But the history of the Tarheel
State doesn't stop there. Just beyond what's well-known, written about
and taught lies a second history, a Tarheel treasure trove of fascinating
characters and extraordinary events that have for decades gone untold
or been forgotten. Until now.
In this enthralling new book, Tom Painter and Roger Kammerer
have compiled a collection of stories on North Carolina history sure
to befuddle, baffle and bemuse even lifelong residents. Who knew that
a man in Currituck County once traded his wife and two children for
a fishing net? Or that the town of Rich Square once counted among
its residents a 1,000-pound man? Or that a world champion fiddler
from Asheville once fiddled at the White House for the president and
King George VI? Or, better yet, that oysters with false teeth were
once hauled up from the waters off Morehead City?
Forgotten Tales of North Carolina is an incomparable collection of
outrageous historic stories that will delight Tarheels across the state,
ewcomers and natives alike.