Historic Book Resources

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PUBLIC LIBRARY'S
Albemarle NC History Library

Albemarle Regional Library

Hertford County Library
303 West Tryon Street
PO Box 68 Winton, NC 27986
P: (252) 358-7864

Gates Co. Public Library
PO Box 27 – 14 Cypress Creek Drive
Gatesville, NC 27938
P: (252) 357-0110

Bertie County Public Library
111 US Hwy 13 Bypass
Windsor, NC  27983
P: (252) 794-2244

Currituck County Library System

Currituck County Public Library’s

Barco Public Library
4261 Caratoke Hwy
Barco, NC 27917
P: (252) 453-8345

Corolla Public Library
1123 Ocean Trail
Corolla, NC 27927
P: (252) 453-0496

Moyock Public Library
126 Campus Drive
Moyock, NC 27958
P: (252) 435-6419

Dare County Library's

Manteo Public Library
700 Highway 64/264
P.O. Box 1000
Manteo, NC 27954
P: (252) 473.2372

Hatteras Community Building
Public Library
56658 NC Highway 12
Hatteras, NC 27943
P: (252) 986.2385

Kill Devil Hills
Public Library
400 Mustian Street
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
P: (252) 441.4331

Historic Book Resources

Enjoy these books of interest from Civil War, African American History, Maritime & Culture for research and education.

There are many wonderful books and resources about the Historic Albemarle Region!  We’ve provided you with this bibliography of just a few. Please visit your local library or places online for your favorite book purchases.

Native American History

Douglas L. Rights
John F. Blair

Jeffrey J. Crow, Paul D. Escott, & Flora J. Hatley
NC Office of Archives & History

Theda Perdue
NC Office of Archives and History

E. Lawrence Lee
NC Office of Archives and History

Early Settlement

David Beers Quinn
NC Office of Archives and History

William P. Cumming
NC Office of Archives and History

David Stick
University of NC Press

Edited with an Introduction by David B. Quinn & Alison M. Quinn
NC Office of Archives & History

John Lawson
University of NC Press

David Beers Quinn
University of NC Press

African American History

Patricia C. Click
University of NC Press

Dorothy Spruill Redford
University of NC Press

David Wright
Scribner

David S. Cecelski
University of NC Press

Colonial

Alan D. Watson
NC Office of Archives and History

Linda Reeves
NC Office of Archives & History

Civil War

John S. Carbone
NC Office of Archives & History

William R. Trotter
John F. Blair

Maritime History

Robert E. Lee
John F. Blair

Thomas Yocum
Cumberland House

Claiborne Young
John F. Blair

Joe A. Mobley
NC Office of Archives & History

David Stick
University of NC Press

David Stick
NC Office of Archives and History

Hugh F. Rankin
NC Office of Archives and History

Lindley S. Butler
University of NC Press

First Flight

Thomas C. Parramore
NC Office of Archives & History

Culture

Walt Wolfram and Natalie Schilling
University of NC Press

Nancy Davis and Kathy Hart
University of NC Press

Bland Simpson
University of NC Press

Environment

John Manuel
John F. Blair

Thomas Schoenbaum
John F. Blair

Paul Ferguson
Pocosin Press

Judith M. Spitsbergen
University of NC Press

Barnes
University of NC Pres

David Cecelski
John F. Blair

Catherine W. Bishir and Michael T. Southern
University of NC Press

General and Local History

Bland Simpson
University of NC Press

Rodney Barfield
University of NC Press

1584-1958, David Stick
University of NC Press

Perquimans County Library & Perquimans County Restoration Association
Arcadia Press

Alan D. Watson
NC Office of Archives and History

Alan D. Watson
NC Office of Archives and History

Alton Ballance
University of NC Press

William S. Powell
University of NC Press

David Stick
NC Office of Archives and History


Louis Van Camp
Arcadia Press

Alan D. Watson
NC Office of Archives and History

Jan DeBlieu
John F. Blair

General Travel

Daniel W. Barefoot
John F. Blair

Randall Ducket
Rutledge Hill Press

Sheila Turnage
Compass American Guides

Camden County Book Resources

Dred: A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp
By Harriet Beecher Stowe
Dred: A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp is the second popular novel from American author Harriet Beecher Stowe. It was first published in two volumes by Phillips, Sampson and Company in 1856. Although it enjoyed better initial sales than her previous, and more famous, novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, it was ultimately less popular. Dred was of a more documentary nature than Uncle Tom’s Cabin and thus lacked a character like Uncle Tom to evoke strong emotion from readers.

Two Captains from Carolina: Moses Grandy, John Newland Maffitt, …by Bland Simpson 
University of North Carolina Press • Hardback • 187 pages • ISBN 0807835854
Two Captains from Carolina: Moses Grandy, John Newland
In Two Captains from Carolina, Bland Simpson twines together the lives of two accomplished nineteenth-century mariners from North Carolina–one African American, one Irish American. Though Moses Grandy (ca. 1791- ca. 1850) and John Newland Maffitt Jr. (1819-1886) never met, their stories bring to vivid life the saga of race and maritime culture in the antebellum and Civil War-era South. With his lyrical prose and inimitable voice, Bland Simpson offers readers a grand tale of the striving human spirit and the great divide that nearly sundered the nation. Grandy, born a slave, captained freight boats on the Dismal Swamp Canaland bought his freedom three times before he finally gained it. He became involved in Boston abolitionism and ultimately appeared before the General Anti-Slavery Convention in London in 1843. As a child, Maffitt was sent from his North Carolina home to a northern boarding school, and at thirteen he was appointed midshipman in the U.S. Navy, where he had a distinguished career. After North Carolina seceded from the Union, he enlisted in the Confederate navy and became a legendary blockade runner and raider. Both Grandy and Maffitt made names for themselves as they navigated very different routes through the turbulent waters of antebellum America

Narrative of the Life of Moses Grandy, Late a Slave in the United States of America
Moses Grandy (c1786-? ) was born a slave in Camden County, North Carolina, the youngest of his siblings. He was first hired to Mr. Kemp who was generous with him then his next master was Jemmy Coates, a severe man. After that Mr. Enoch Sawyer hired him and when Grandy got married, his master sold his wife. In 1833 he escaped from the South. He published his autobiography Narrative of the Life of Moses Grandy in 1843