CHARLESTON, SC July 29, 2014 – Situated on the banks of the Cape Fear River, Wilmington is awash in unusual tales and legends. A prevalent pirate hideaway, the area harbored the infamous Blackbeard and the cunning Calico Jack Rackham. Since its initial settlement, the region has witnessed an abundance of fantastical lore, including passionately fought duels, explosive train wrecks, Revolutionary and Civil War heroes and some legends that are said to take the form of apparitions. At the local Cape Fear Wine & Beer pub, the ghost of a fallen redcoat can’t seem to get enough of a frothy porter brewed from yeast salvaged from an early nineteenth-century shipwreck. Wonder at these and other fascinating and strange tales as local author John Hirchak reveals the legendary history of Wilmington and Cape Fear.
PUBLICATION DATE: July 19, 2014
Meet the author
BOOK LAUNCH – Saturday, August 9 from 12-2 p.m. @ The Black Cat Shoppe
8 Market Street, Wilmington, NC
Saturday, August 24 from 2-4 p.m. @ Costco
5351 Gingerwood Dr, Wilmington, NC
Additional events TBA.
About the Author:
John Hirchak lives with his wife, Kim, and their son, Miles, in Wilmington, North Carolina. He is the author of Ghosts of Old Wilmington and his short stories and poetry have appeared in small press magazines including Aldebaran, Calliope and Encore. In 1999, John and Kim created the Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington, followed by the Haunted Pub Crawl and the Hollywood Location Walk. When not with their , the Black Cat Shoppe and Jokilimi Island Imports.
About The History Press:
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