PO Box 248
Ocracoke Island, NC 27960
252-928-5541 or -6300
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Ghost & Historic
Ocracoke Island is saturated with history. From colonial
civil & international wars, and finally through the establishment
Cape Hatteras National Seashore & the boom in tourism Ocracoke has
maintained a distinctive and fascinating island character.
This walking tour explores some of Ocracoke's most
interesting local stories,
many never published, but handed down from generation to generation by
You will learn some of our unique island history, hear
hurricanes & shipwrecks, listen to tales of the supernatural &
local legends, and visit the graves of some of Ocracoke's founding
Your tour guide will be:
Philip Howard (long-time collector of island
stories who traces his ancestry back eight generations to William
quartermaster & colonial owner of Ocracoke Island),
Amy Howard (native islander and keeper of
Ocracoke oral traditions),
Lou Ann Homan (storyteller and enthusiastic
collector of island &
We offer one of two distinct tours.
(Check local notices
or call for information (252-928-6300 between 10am & 4pm) about
which tour is offered for the current
Tours begin at Village Craftsmen on Howard
Street, are about 1
1/2 miles long, and take approximately 90 minutes. Each tour
includes an introductory history of Ocracoke Island.
Tour Schedule (subject to change due
to weather or other
Please call 252-928-6300 between 10am
& 4pm for information &
reservations. Our tours are very popular, and spaces are
Please call early to check availability.
On-Season -- Tuesdays
& Fridays at 7:30 p.m.
**Last tour for 2015 will be September
'Round Creek Tour: Explore the
"Creekside" area of
Ocracoke Village, including:
The remarkable story of the altar cross
in the Methodist Church,
The woman who kept her own coffin on
The Christmas Eve wreck of the
Spooks on Howard Street,
The Phantom Freighter,
Mad Mag Howard
Down Point Tour: Explore the "Point"
Ocracoke Village, including:
The ghost that haunts the Island Inn,
The 1837 wreck of the steamboat
History of the Ocracoke Lighthouse,
The disembodied head,
The beheading of Blackbeard,
The Supernatural "Dream of Death"
Each tour includes many more fascinating
stories. Questions are
Adults: $15.00 (Sales & Use Tax
Children (6 - 12): $5.00 (Sales
& Use Tax included)
Please wear comfortable walking shoes, and
bring a flashlight,
insect repellent & drinking water.
For more information call 252-928-6300 between 10am
& 4pm or sign up at
Village Craftsmen on Howard Street.
Tours are limited (6 person minimum, 24
people maximum). Please check availability.
Special & Group Tours may also be
details below, or call us (252-928-6300 between 10am &
4pm) for more information:
Special Tours (by prior arrangement):
-- Regular rates
-- Time to be arranged
-- Minimum charge, $180.00
"Rob Hanks Tours" -- In memory of Robert
Dozier Tolson ("Rob Hanks," 1895 - 1961), Ocracoke resident who, in the
1950's, would "tell you the story of Ocracoke" for a dime*.
Click on the above photo (courtesy of James
Barrie Gaskill) to
view a larger image.
* In the
1950's a modest island
home might sell for about $500.00. Today, that same property could
for $750,000.00. At the same rate of inflation your present-day
tour is a