Reliving Simpler Times in Caffeys Inlet, North Carolina

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New collection of short tales reveals the truly simple life during the early 1940s and 1950s

When telling a true story, it must be told in the most entertaining and excited manner possible, even if you have to stretch the truth a little.

The coast guard station at Caffeys Inlet, North Carolina, was built in 1897-1898 as part of a series of lifeboat stations placed every seven to ten miles along the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Around the station were ten homes built by men who were stationed there. The homes have been replaced with architecturally appealing buildings and a new name – Sanderling, a name selected for its enduring quality.

In . . . See the Sound and Hear the Sea, author Thomas Williford Thomas shares short stories of a time lost forever—not just for the Caffeys Inlet and the Outer Banks, but for North Carolina—and perhaps the nation. He tells of life in the early 1940s and 1950s, when the value of homes was based more on the right to be there than the value of the house itself. Most of the homes, although clean and comfortable, were without electricity, running water, or indoor plumbing. Readers will get a glimpse of the truly simple life they led, yet also discover the fun they had living in the shadow of the Caffeys Inlet Coast Guard Station during the summers of the period of 1942 through 1964.

As Thomas reveals these cherished memories of simpler times, he hopes to remind people of the present inability of a child to experience and share what was then so precious and commonplace. All of these short stories are based on facts or events that actually happened, with maybe just the slightest bit of exaggeration. For such is an old Thomas family tradition: “When telling a true story, it must be told in the most entertaining and excited manner possible, even if you have to stretch the truth a little.”

There are several other interesting stories of events and circumstances that occurred during the author’s life included. For more information on . . . See the Sound and Hear the Sea, log on to

About the Author
Thomas Williford Thomas was born and raised in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. He spent many of the summers from 1942 to 1964 at what was then Caffeys Inlet Coast Guard Station, five miles north of Duck, North Carolina. The area is now known as Sanderling. This is an area that provided fond memories and many adventures for the author.

After volunteering for the draft, he spent two years in the army and was discharged a sergeant in January 1955. He attended East Carolina University and Wake Forest, graduating from the Wake Forest University School of Law in 1960 and practiced law in Lancaster, South Carolina. Later, upon his retirement, he moved to the coast of South Carolina. This book is a collection of stories he began writing after his retirement, many of which were inspired by the summers he spent on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

. . . See the Sound and Hear the Sea * by Thomas Williford Thomas
A collection of short stories about his family, childhood, etc.
Publication Date: June 25, 2010
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