Former resident debuts historic book

Published 6:03 pm Wednesday, June 14, 2017

HYDE COUNTY — Richard B. Lupton lives in Ohio. But his roots run deep in Hyde County.

Born in Swan Quarter, Lupton recently published an anthology of sorts, detailing some of the history of his first home.

“Olde Wickham: Little Kingdom by the Sea” is a 500-plus-page book chock full of Hyde County history from the 1600s to the 20th century, a press release states.

It encompasses the modern-day border of Hyde County, as well as eastern Beaufort County and Hatteras, which were once a part of Hyde.

“There are chapters devoted to the county’s rich African-American and Native American heritage, the Civil War and its effects on Hyde Co., the drainage of Lake Mattamuskeet, and other commercial developments along with discussions of the private and public schools in Hyde’s early years,” the release states.

“Olde Wickham” is available through the Hyde County Historical and Genealogical Society, a group dedicated to preserving the county’s history. Those interested in purchasing a book are asked to contact R.S. Spencer Jr. by email at, by phone at 252-542-0000, or by mail at P.O. Box 159, Engelhard, N.C. 27824.

“Olde Wickham” is one of 19 publications available for purchase through the society.

Richard Lupton will be available for a book signing on Sept. 24, from 1-4 p.m. at True Value and Furniture Store, 34910 U.S. Highway 264 in Engelhard.