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Remarkable Women of the Outer Banks

The Outer Banks of North Carolina attract those with a conviction to dream and do. Explorers, pirates, lifesavers and the world’s first pilots decorate the halls of local history. Some of the Outer Banks’ greatest accomplishments are due to daring women who pushed the odds. Eleanor Dare created a new life amidst a doomed colonial expedition, Chrissy Bowser found her freedom as the Civil War rocked Roanoke Island, and Irene Tate watched the Wright brothers assemble their glider in her front yard then went on to become a record-setting pilot herself. The women in this book fought for their home. They stepped outside the traditional roles of their day and age, seeking to preserve its history and heritage. They saved sand dunes and moved lighthouses. Local author Hannah Bunn West tells their stories. 

About the Author


Hannah Bunn West

Born and raised on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Hannah Bunn West is an author and freelance writer passionate about sharing the area’s beauty and rich history with others. She writes about the stories, successes and human experiences of the people who inhabit these barrier islands, past and present, with the hope to advocate and inspire. Hannah studied Creative Nonfiction from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where she also learned her teaching licensure. She is an advocate for women & children, a regular contributor to Milepost Magazine, Outer Banks This Week Magazine, and serves as the Layout & Design Editor for the Doctor's Creek Journal, the publication of The Friends of Portsmouth Island. She lives in Kill Devil Hills with her husband and two children. 



Hannah Bunn West

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