Wilmington author, veteran, and civic leader Wilbur D. Jones will tell his fascinating story in the memoir, "The Day I Lost the President," coming this spring from Dram Tree Books.
Spring 2020 will bring several new titles to the Dram Tree Books lineup, including a new edition of the continuing Coastal Chronicles series of magazine-length stories about a wide variety of topics related to the history of North Carolina; a new memoir by one of Wilmington's native sons who has led a life that has taken him from New Hanover High School, to a career as a naval officer, to service in the White House and beyond; and even the return of a venerable book of local ghost stories that have been augmented by Dr. Chris E. Fonvielle, Jr. to tell the real history behind the spooky tales.
In the third volume of the Coastal Chronicles, author Jack E. Fryar, Jr. will offer stories about North Carolinians in World War I, Civil War blockade running, Admiral Vernon's ill-fated expedition to Cartagena and the role North Carolina men played in it, the connections that have linked Charleston, S.C. and its Wilmington cousin since the very beginnings of Carolina settlement, Robley D. Evans' account of the battle at Fort Fisher in 1865, the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918, the sinking of the S.S. John D. Gill, and much more!
I had a blast this morning with Captain Doug and the folks at Wilmington Water Tours, who took us all down the Cape Fear River to the site of the earliest Carolina settlement below the Albemarle, Charles Towne. The two-hour cruise which left just as Wilmington's Riverfest was getting started, was well attended by local history lovers, as well as one of my students from E.A. Laney High School! You can learn the story of the first Charles Towne in Carolina by getting your own copy of my new book, "Charles Towne on the Cape Fear: The Rise and Fall of the First Barbadian Settlement in Carolina."
Last night (8/19/19), author and historian Jack E. Fryar, Jr. entertained a full house at the Federal Point History Center at Carolina Beach, N.C. with the story of the Charles Towne settlement (1664-1667). It was a real pleasure to see some folks I haven't seen in a while, including a favorite uncle, a couple of nationally known Civil War historians, and one old friend from 35 years ago! If you missed it, check the Upcoming Events list to the right for the next opportunity to hear Jack, Chris, or other Dram Tree Books authors speak!
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Interested in the Charles Towne story? Listen to author Jack E. Fryar, Jr. discussing it with Hunter Ingram on the Star News' "Cape Fear Unearthed" podcast!
In July 2019, prior to the release of Charles Towne on the Cape Fear: The Rise and Fall of the First Barbadian Settlement in Carolina, historian and author Jack E. Fryar, Jr. joined Star News Media podcaster Hunter Ingram to delve into the story of the first settlement on the Cape Fear. Check it out here:
New Title! Charles Towne on the Cape Fear: The Rise and Fall of the First Barbadian Settlement in Carolina - by Jack E. Fryar, Jr. (released 8/1/19)
While South Carolina may have the famous Charles Town, the first settlement to bear that name in Carolina was on the Cape Fear River between 1664-1667. Now, for the first time, author and historian Jack E. Fryar, Jr. has written the first book that tells the story of those settlers. Despite their best efforts, world events and a competing colony to the south would doom the John Vassall settlement at Cape Fear, "reduced more by faction than necessity."