Philip Gerard

Gerard is the author of Our State’s Civil War series. He has published fiction and nonfiction in numerous other magazines, and is the author of two historical novels set in North Carolina. He is the chairman of the department of creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He lectures widely on the art and craft of writing history-based stories. His book, Creative Nonfiction: Researching and Crafting Stories of Real Life, is a standard in college classrooms across the country.

Eastern

Bird Island’s Mailbox Holds Letters to the Sea

Like a message in a bottle, the notes inside the seaside mailbox at Bird Island contain the stories and secrets of those who seek a spiritual connection.

History

History: The Great Oyster War

In 1890, tensions between native Ocracokers and marauding outsiders came to a head. At the center of the conflict? A small but valuable shellfish.

Central

Whiskey Roads

Moonshine once flowed through Wilkes, Davie, and Davidson counties, ferried by daring drivers in fast cars. Drive these narrow, winding roads for a taste of the area’s outlaw past.