Coming this summer from Dram Tree Books! Author and historian Jack E. Fryar, Jr. delivers a comprehensive history of the Lower Cape Fear during the turbulent revolutionary period between 1765-1782. This new history will cover it all: the Stamp Act rebellion, the Regulator Rebellion, Moores Creek, the British in the Cape Fear, the Redcoat occupation of Wilmington, and so much more! Here's a look at the first attempt at a cover, featuring the artwork of the fabulous James C. Horton:
Greetings! It's been a while since I've posted an update about what's going on with Dram Tree Books, so I thought it was high time I did.
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There are some great new titles coming in the not too distant future that you should keep an eye out for:
On the drawing board as I write this is a new history of the Lower Cape Fear in the Revolutionary War by Jack E. Fryar, Jr., titled When the British Came: Revolution in the Lower Cape Fear, 1765-1782. With the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution approaching in 2026, and commemorations of that world changing event beginning this year, I thought it was time to write what we hope will be the go-to history of southeastern North Carolina from the Stamp Act resistance, to the Regulator Rebellion, to Moores Creek and the British occupation of Wilmington in 1781. The book is a comprehensive history (or as much so as I can make it) of the conflict, and of the civil war that raged between Cross Creek (modern Fayetteville) and Bald Head Island, just in time for the anniversary of those turbulent days that birthed a new nation. We're pretty sure this is going to be Dram Tree Books' first hardcover edition, featuring cover art from noted artist and history buff James C. HortonI We hope to have it out and ready for purchase by summer 2024.
Rebecca Taylor is working on a new offering in the Young Reader's Series of North Carolina History about the African American resort, Seabreeze. We hope to have that one ready by fall. Currently, Rebecca is trying to gather photos and other items to illustrate the book. If you know of anyone who might have old family pics from family vacations there back int he day, please let us know! You can reach Rebecca by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Speaking of the Young Readers Series of North Carolina History, look for a version of the RevWar history of the Lower Cape Fear in that line. We figured why not do one for the youngsters, too. The series is designed for young people ages 10-18, giving them richly illustrated history in books that can be quickly read but still provide the essentials to inform and educate. If you have a young person (or even a not-so-young person) who might like their history in a scaled down but fun version, try this series out! You can find the books we have under the "Our Titles" tab on our website.
Interested in the seedier side of Wilmington? David A. Norris, author of Potter's Raid: The Union Cavalry's Boldest Expedition in Eastern North Carolina (available on this website) is working on a new title for Dram Tree Books about the Paddy's Hollow district in Wilmington from the colonial era through the Civil War. It's the story of one small area of downtown Wilmington where there were more taverns, saloons, and brothels than anything else for much of the town's early history. Populated today by Cape Fear Community College, the Cotton Exchange, sandwich shops, and other retail businesses, the trade was a whole lot different in times past!
In keeping with the Dram Tree Books policy of making available books that are no longer in print but that deserve to be, look for our edition of Janet Schaw's Journal of a Lady of Quality, coming out soon. Schaw was a Scotswoman who traveled around Great Britain's colonial possessions on a tour that brought her to Wilmington and the Lower Cape Fear just as the revolutionary fervor in the Lower Cape Fear was heating up. Her journal provides candid assessments of the people and events she saw while here that make it a go to volume for anyone interested in colonial North Carolina.
Look for Dram Tree Books at area events, including the Burgwin-Wright House's Spring and Summer Markets in April and June (see calendar in the column to the right). Author Jack E. Fryar, Jr. will be presenting a program on the Charles Towne Settlement on the Cape Fear River, 1664-1667 on March 19 at the N.C. Maritime Museum at Southport. It starts at noon, so be sure to call Shannon Walker at the museum at (910) 477-5151 to reserve your space!
The Holiday Season is almost upon us, and many of you have history lovers on your gift list. There are ample opportunities for you to pick up signed copies of great Dram Tree Books titles before the big day. As always, Dram Tree Books will participate in the Burgwin-Wright House Holiday Market on 12/10/22. From 9am-3pm, you can drop by and get author Jack E. Fryar, Jr. to sign personalized copies for your history fans. As well, Barnes & Noble at Mayfaire Center in Wilmington will host Jack E. Fryar, Jr. every weekend (Saturday and Sunday) between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, offering signed and personalized Cape Fear and North Carolina history titles from Dram Tree Books. On 12/11/22, at Barnes & Noble, Dram Tree Books will hold a Local History Book Signing featuring not just Dram Tree Books' Jack E. Fryar, Jr., but also Dr. Chris E. Fonvielle, Jr. and Slap Dash Press' Daniel Norris. In short, Barnes & Noble will be Ground Zero for satisfying the history lover on your holiday gift list. We hope you will come see us there!
But if you can't, here are some other places where you can find Dram Tree Books titles in the lower Cape Fear region:
• Old Books on Front Street - Wilmington
• The Burgwin-Wright House - Wilmington
• The Bellamy Mansion - Wilmington
• The Latimer House - Wilmington
• Barnes & Noble Mayfaire - Wilmington
• Wilmington Water Tours - Wilmington
• Battleship North Carolina WWII Memorial - Wilmington
• Island Books - Carolina Beach
• Fort Fisher State Historic Site - Kure Beach
• Carolina Beach State Park Marina Store - Carolina Beach
• Moores Creek National Battlefield - Currie, N.C.
• Brunswick Town/Ft. Anderson State Historic Site - Winnabow, N.C.
• NC Maritime Museum - Southport
• Southport Visitors Center at Ft. Johnston - Southport
• Museum of the Cape Fear - Fayetteville, N.C.
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In just four short years, it will be the 250th anniversary of America's independence from Great Britain. It was during the summer of 1776 that what is sometimes called "the world's greatest breakup letter," the Declaration of Independence, was written and read to the former colonies that from then on would be known as the United States of America. Already plans are in the works for celebrating that milestone of American history, and it should be a great time for all. As someone old enough to remember the pageantry and pomp of the bicentennial back in 1976, the prospect of pulling out all the stops to celebrate the brith of America is something that should delight everyone who loves their country. To that end, Dram Tree Books will be offering several titles intended to contribute to the historical record of the American Revolution as it happened in North Carolina and the Cape Fear region. Keep your eyes peeled - we'll announce the new books here when they are finished! Meanwhile, Dram Tree Books also has several great Revolutionary War titles already in print that you can find in bookstores. Check out the "Our Titles" tab at the tp of the page to see them.
In 1898, Wilmington, N.C. was a shining example of what a Southern city could be, with a thriving majority-Black population made up of not just laborers, but also a strong professional and middle class. But when the Fusion movement of the 1890s delivered big wins for Republican candidates across the state, Democrats began plotting to retake power - even if it meant violence to do it. It all came to a head in an insurrection on November 10, 1898, when armed white supremacists took to the streets. When it was over, hundreds of Blacks had been dispossessed and run out of town, a legally elected government had been overthrown in the only successful coup d’etat in U.S. history, and African Americans had been killed in the streets in untold numbers. This is that story.
Brooks Preik's classic volume of Cape Fear and Wilmington ghost stories is back on March 15, 2022! First published in 1995, this Dram Tree Books edition reintroduces the first and arguably the best book of spooky local history. A bestseller that has gone through four printings since its original release, "Haunted Wilmington" is back to delight new audiences who love to shiver and shudder at things that go bump in the night - in the Cape Fear's own back yards!
Coming in January 2022, Plantations: Living and Working on North Carolina's Great Estates will debut as the newest title in our series aimed at young people ages 8-14.. It's a great new addition to our list that parents, teachers, school libraries, and North Carolina history fans should all like!
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!