It is worth visiting Southport, North Carolina. It is near the mouth of the Cape Fear, River south of Wilmington, NC. It is where his grandfather lived, and where Ruark spent so much time creating those memories for the old man and the boy books. (Don't tell them they are anywhere near the Chesapeake!) There was a Robert Ruark society that gathered there annually, but I have no idea if it is still a going concern. The Robert Ruark Inn is the old Akins-Ruark house (Capt Adkins was his grandfather). We spent a glorious evening their among the members of the society once thirty years ago at their annual gathering sipping mint juleps.