Though not truly an island, Fenwick Island is considered by most to fit the stereotype, with its history of swashbuckling pirates anchored offshore, fierce storms pounding the coastline and treasures rumored to be buried beneath its sands.
In her new book, “Fenwick Island, Delaware: A Brief History,” journalist Mary Pat Kyle introduces readers to the legendary sea bandit Captain Kidd, the elusive beach-dwelling widow Zippy Lewis and other storied characters that have populated the quiet beach community and shaped its history throughout the centuries.
Incorporating recollections from local icons Paul and Dorothy Pepper and clips from Kyle’s extensive storm coverage for the Delmarva News and The Whale, her history of Fenwick Island aims to capture the essence of life in one of Delaware’s quiet beach resorts.
Book and beach lovers alike can meet the author at the Atlantic Bookstore in Fenwick Island on Aug. 16 at 2 p.m., when she will visit with patrons and sign copies of her book.
Kyle worked as a reporter and as coastal editor for the Delmarva News for 15 years, covering local town meetings and writing features. She has received multiple Delaware and Maryland Press Association Awards.
She was formerly the mayor of Fenwick Island, as well as the president of the Fenwick Island homeowners association. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree from the University of Delaware.
“Fenwick Island, Delaware: A Brief History” is 128 pages long and retails for $21.99.