A Description of Occacock, 1795In New Bern, North Carolina, in 1795, Francois-X Martin published an eight-page pamphlet by Jonathan Price titled A DESCRIPTION OF OCCACOCK INLET*. Jonathan Price, a
The Hurricane of 1944Following is a transcript of a personal letter re. the 1944 hurricane on Ocracoke Island. It was written by the wife of one of the
Island StairstepsInstead of using the common terms “staircase” or simply “stairs,” older Ocracoke islanders are more likely to say “stairsteps.” I live in a typical small
Howard’s Pub of Ocracoke IslandIn 1978 Ron Howard, direct descendant of an early colonial owner of Ocracoke Island, decided to build a pub on his property at the edge
The 1899 Wreck of the AriostoThe following account comes from the Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 98, Number 126, December 25, 1899 (illustrations added): TWENTY-ONE OF THE CREW DROWNED British Steamship Ariosto
Rex O’Neal Gigging FloundersThis link will take you to a Coastal Voices audio of Rex O’Neal telling about the night that he fell overboard while gigging flounders off
The Story of the Mailboat AletaFollow this link to find out all about the Mailboat Aleta that began running trips between Atlantic and Ocracoke in 1938.
Ocracoke’s Condomed NautilusThe World Submarine Invitational 1996, a human-powered submarine race pitting design teams from around the world, was held in San Diego, California, 3-12 April 1996.
The Ocracoke Water Tank CaperThe Ocracoke Water Tank Caper….or…That’s No Swimmin’ Hole – A Dingbatter’s Tale By Michael Mincher When I was in college I was fortunate enough to
The Electrification of Ocracoke Island, 1936-2017On March 15, 2016, Heidi Smith, Manager of Economic Development for Tideland Electric Membership Corporation, presented a history of the electrification of Ocracoke Island to
The Great Lighthouse Window Heist A First-Person Accountby Ellen Fulcher Cloud, from her book, Ocracoke Lighthouse, 1993, Chapter 6. The Ocracoke Lighthouse and the structures within the compound were on the National
The RumgaggerFor several decades Capt. Rob Temple of the Schooner Windfall II and the Skipjack Wilma Lee has been composing piratical poetry and nautical nonsense which
Cap’n Gary Bragg Still Makes Wooden GeeseBy Aycock Brown (Originally published November 13, 1938) Migratory wildfowl, ducks, geese and brant will be more plentiful along the coast of North Carolina this
EarthquakesSometime in the late 1970s (I didn’t record the date) I was standing in my parents’ living room on the corner of Lawton Lane and
My Ocracoke: Life Amidst 250 Years of Family History(The following article is reprinted from the Outer Banks Magazine, Volume 4, 2016.) Story by Philip Howard Photographs by Daniel Pullen At one time nearly
Ocracoke . . .The French ConnectionMost people familiar with Ocracoke are aware that European settlers in the early colonial period came mostly from the British Isles (England, Ireland, Scotland, and
July 4th Parade, 1953Following is an article written by Alice K. Rondthaler about one of Ocracoke’s first July 4th parades. It was published July 6, 1953. (Accompanying photos are
A History of the Life-Saving Servicefrom Pearson’s Magazine, 1903 by Theodore Waters “It will be the worst hurricane that swept the Cape,” said Captain Pugh of the Gull Shoal Life-Saving
Sambo, The Life-Saving Horse“Sambo, the Life-Saving Horse” was written in January, 1968, by Allie (Teenie) Scott. This sweet story was never finished, but it provides a glimpse into the
Between the Sound and the SeaMarch 21, 2016 Between the Sound and the Sea From 1973 to 1976 native North Carolinian Karen G. Helms (1947-2003), while earning a Master of
Beatrice Wells, Child Evangelist on OcracokeIn the mid-1930s Pentecostal/Holiness evangelists began holding “preaching services” at the Ocracoke schoolhouse. In July, 1938, Miss Alice Austin, from Hatteras Island, and several others,
Lost at SeaFollowing is a partial list of Ocracoke Island natives, residents, descendants & others associated with Ocracoke who were lost at sea or drowned (from ca.