Bald Head Island: The Early Years

Bald Head Island: The Early Years

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Bald Head Island: The Early Years Synopsis

Immerse yourself in the equally entertaining and inspiring true stories of the people who stewarded the transition of Bald Head Island from an isolated barrier island into a relaxing destination oasis - one appreciated today by visitors from around the world.

This important collection of firsthand narratives introduces readers to little-known, and sometimes never before told, stories of Bald Head Island's earliest residents.

Here, in their own words, the Generation Society of the 1970s and the Outriggers of the 1980s share the memories, mishaps, and merriment of creating a close-knit, laid-back community amid windswept dunes and lush maritime forest.

Despite an abundance of challenges - transportation tribulations, lack of electricity, mischievous wildlife, developer woes, and more - these families relied on hard work, camaraderie, and creativity to survive and thrive. And throughout it all, the conservation and preservation of the island's unique natural habitat became their rallying cry.

  • Author: Mary-Kathryn Moore with Dalene Bickel
  • Paperback
  • 182 pages
  • Published March 2022

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Q: I don't see the item I was looking for online. Do you carry more items in your store?

A: Absolutely! We have hundreds of unique items available in the Turtle Central Gift Shop. We are always adding new/restocked items to our website. If you do not see the item you are looking for, give us a call at 910-457-0917 to see if it is available--you can order right over the phone.

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A: Our website only shows items that we have in stock ready for shipment. When an item is temporarily out of stock, it is automatically removed from our website. As soon as it is back in stock it will show up again, so check back often!

Q: Where is Turtle Central Gift Shop located?

A: We are located on Bald Head Island at 700 Federal Road. If you are on the island, take Federal Road towards the eastern end of the island. Turtle Central Gift Shop is on the campus of the Bald Head Island Conservancy next to the foundation of the old Cape Fear Light.

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Q: Do I get my membership discount when I order online?

A: Members of the Bald Head Island Conservancy save 10% in Turtle Central Gift Shop. An online discount code is available to all current members. Please call us so we can verify your membership and provide you with your discount code. 910-457-0917

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  • During the summer season (June-August), all orders received by 12:00pm EST will be processed within 24 hours.
  • During the off season (September-May), all online orders received by 12:00 pm EST, Monday-Friday will be processed within 1-2 business days.

2022 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

USPS First Class Mail December 15, 2022
USPS Priority Mail December 17, 2022


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