author needs your help to tell the story of changing lives on the coast
“A way of life on the North Carolina coast is disappearing.
Most of the old stilt houses are gone. Giant mansions take their place.
places to eat with seafood you knew had just been caught have
been replaced by chain restaurants selling shrimp and fish from
God-only-knows where. A leisurely drive along Hwy 12 on a summer Sunday
afternoon today is more like being on Interstate 40 in Raleigh at rush
hour. Hanging around the fish house shooting the breeze with neighbors
and maybe sipping on a beer or two is a thing of the past. Fish houses,
like many charter captains and most commercial fishermen, are almost
is a quote from a new book about people who have worked and lived along
the North Carolina coast and how their lives have changed. The author,
Tim Hatcher, is writing the book because, he says, “A way of
living, working and raising a family has changed for the people who
have deep roots in the sands of the North Carolina coast. People who
have for a long time called the coast their home have a story to tell
about the way life used to be. It’s that story that needs to be
professor at North Carolina State University, Hatcher says he wants his
book to tell people’s real-life stories and explain a way of life
that is just hanging on by a thread.
asked about other books about the coast, Hatcher replies, “What I
have seen and read are some really good books, such as ‘Hatteras
Blues’ and, of course, all of David Stick’s books. Many of
them include old photos. But I am more interested in the stories that
go with the photographs.”
added, “For me to tell the real story of the North Carolina coast
means that I need to find and sit with local folks who have stories to
is asking for help to find people or their relatives or friends who
have stories and photos of life and work on the water all along the
North Carolina coast, from Corolla to the sounds to Wanchese to Oregon
Inlet to Hatteras to Ocracoke to Portsmouth Island, Harkers Island, and
Morehead City and south to Southport and Ocean Isle and all points in
tell your story,” he asks.
says he will be visiting the coast often this spring, starting in
March. If you have stories, photographs, or both, please contact
Hatcher to set up a visit. He can be reached by mail, phone, or email.
information for Tim Hatcher is:
Post: 310M Poe Hall #7801, NCSU, Raleigh, NC 27695
• Phone: 919-602-8390
• Email: [email protected]