Village Craftsmen

170 Howard Street 
PO Box 248

Ocracoke Island, NC 27960
252-928-5541 or -6300

Click here to go to Village Craftsmen's Home Page

Ghost & Historic
Walking Tour

Ocracoke Island is saturated with history. From colonial times, through civil & international wars, and finally through the establishment of the 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 island natives. 

You will learn some of our unique island history, hear about harrowing hurricanes & shipwrecks, listen to tales of the supernatural & creepy local legends, and visit the graves of some of Ocracoke's founding families.

Your tour guide will be:

Philip Howard (long-time collector of island stories who traces his ancestry back eight generations to William Howard, Blackbeard’s quartermaster & colonial owner of Ocracoke Island),

Amy Howard (native islander and keeper of Ocracoke oral traditions), or

David Tweedie (storyteller and fiddler with Ocracoke's Molasses Creek band)

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 week.)  

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 circumstances)

Please call 252-928-6300 between 10am & 4pm for information & reservations.  Our tours are very popular, and spaces are limited.  Please call early to check availability.

On-Season -- Tuesdays & Fridays at 7:30 p.m.

**Last tour for 2016 will be September 30th.**

'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 her porch,

  • The Christmas Eve wreck of the "Ariosto,"

  • Spooks on Howard Street,

  • The Phantom Freighter,

  • Mad Mag Howard

Down Point Tour: Explore the "Point" side of Ocracoke Village, including:

  • The ghost that haunts the Island Inn,

  • The 1837 wreck of the steamboat  "Home,"

  • 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 always welcome.

Adults: $15.00 (Sales & Use Tax included)

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 available. See 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*.

Rob Hanks:

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 sell for $750,000.00.  At the same rate of inflation your present-day tour is a phenomenal bargain!


Copyright 2000-2014, Village Craftsmen of Ocracoke, Inc.  All rights reserved.