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The history and folklore of concerning Hatteras banks has been recounted in Ben Dixon MacNeill's The Hatterasman. Although not a native of North Carolina, MacNeill, a well-known newspaperman, spent his youth enjoying Hatteras. MacNeill's volume outlines the early settlement of Hatteras, through the World War II.
Outer Banks residents might be expected to harbor a yen for hobbies signifying fishing village lifeways. The author’s grandfather reflected the rule in model ship building and decoy carving. He could be seen as a model for his models, some featured in accompanying photos. His works gained recognition outside of the Banks by being published in National Geographic in the 1950s and featured in Ben Dixon MacNeill's The Hatterasman.
Ben Dixon MacNeill, born near Laurinburg, NC, was a teacher, newspaper writer, a Lt. Colonel in WWII and publicity director for the outdoor drama ‘The Lost Colony.’ He is remembered for his column, ‘Cellar and Garret,’ in the News & Observer and for his novel ‘Sand Roots’ and the book, ‘The Hatterasman' about his personalized account of the people who lived on the Outer Banks.