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  • Old Parsonage on Howard Street

    Not the Conventional Tourist Place

    Chester Lynn, proprietor of Annabelle’s Antiques on Ocracoke’s Back Road, recently came into possession of a 1947 missive written on the letterhead of the North
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse Ladder

    My Most Memorable Climb to the Top of the Ocracoke Lighthouse

    PDF (Remarks delivered by Philip Howard May 18, 2023, at the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the construction of the Ocracoke lighthouse.)   The
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  • Shipwreck Report

    The Wreck of the Schooner Richard S. Spofford

    PDF The following story is based on the Wreck Report submitted by Keeper James W. Howard of the US Life-Saving Service about the wreck of
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  • Ponder Hotel, 1899

    The Ponder Hotel,1890

    PDF Some time ago I obtained a transcript of an 1890 advertisement on the back of the stationery for the Ocracoke Ponder Hotel (1885-1900). The
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  • House at Springer's Point

    Springer’s Point

    PDF Sometime between 1000 and 500 years ago, Native Americans settled in what is now eastern North Carolina, and began frequenting Ocracoke to fish and
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  • Lay Boat (Fred Walton)

    The August Storm of 1899

    PDF In September, 2005, we published a Newsletter about the 1899 hurricane. I included a brief account about 17-year-old Elisha Ballance, and a report by
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  • Ocracoke Beach

    1978: Ocracoke Island – Sheriff Stops Nudity Arrests Awhile

    PDF The following article is from the Virginian-Pilot, Wednesday, July 12, 1978: Ocracoke Island – Sheriff Stops Nudity Arrests Awhile By Doug Gardner, Virginian-Pilot Staff
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  • Image

    A Town with No Mayor, No Jail–And Only Six Automobiles

    PDF The following newspaper clipping (from the May 3, 1942, Times-Herald of Washington, DC) was discovered in a box of papers in the home of
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  • Bridge over gut

    The Big Gut and the Little Gut

    PDF Before WWII Silver Lake Harbor was a wide, shallow tidal creek. Older islanders still refer to the harbor by its traditional name, Cockle Creek
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  • 1883 Chart

    Sand Barriers

    PDF On one of Amy Howard’s Ocracoke Ghost & History Walks a number of years ago she was explaining to her group that the highway
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  • Old Parsonage on Howard Street

    The Ocracoke Years, May 1936-November 1938

    PDF Last year I published a short account of Ocracoke Island burials gleaned from the notes of Rev. William Crow who served as the Methodist
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Another Story from Rev. William Crow

    PDF Rev. Crow served the Ocracoke Methodist Church in 1936-1938. Below is one of his stories: I had a lot of company when I lived
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  • Solomon Howard (1807-1853)

    Coins on Tombstones

    PDF Several years ago, on a busy summer day, a customer stepped up to the counter at Village Craftsmen with an unusual question. “Can you
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  • Village Street

    Through The Years: Something of a Life Story

    PDF The following account describing life on Ocracoke in 1929 was written by Hyman Leroy Harris (1897-1995) in 1975. In the introduction, Mr. Harris expressed
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  • George Howard Cemetery

    Island Burials

    PDF Earlier this summer I had the good fortune of meeting Dave Crow and his family. Dave’s father, William A. Crow, served as the pastor
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  • Edgar Howard (1904-1990)

    Unlocking the Mystery of an Island Ballad

    PDF Earlier this year my friend Doug asked me about the 1977 Folkways recording of Outer Banks music, “Between the Sound and the Sea.” He
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  • Indictment of William Howard, 1718

    1718 Indictment of William Howard, Quartermaster

    PDF I recently received an email from historian Megan Dohm. Megan had been conducting research in the archives of Richmond, Virginia, and located the original
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  • Croatoan 1870 Etching

    Lost Colony Wasn’t, Old Tradition Says

    PDF The following article by Ralph Pool was published in The Virginian-Pilot, Sunday, July 3, 1960: The Lost Colony never was lost. When Governor John
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  • Beachcomber Game

    Beachcomber: The Exciting Card Game

    PDF Recently a long-time visitor to Ocracoke sent me an email. She had received an unexpected birthday gift from a friend. It was a vintage
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  • Bob Bob Zentz Playing Concertina

    Give ‘im a Hair of the Dog that Bit Him

    PDF Almost any time a group of musicians gets together to play sea shanties someone will break out with “The Drunken Sailor.” It is one
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  • Ocracoke 1956

    Ocracoke and the Outer Banks, 1956

    PDF The following article (author unknown, but with the explanation,“information and photos supplied by George Tichenor”) is copied from Junior Natural History magazine, February, 1956.
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  • The Homeplace

    PDF One of the oldest houses on Ocracoke Island is tucked away at the end of an unpaved lane. You would have to be intentionally
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  • The Ocracoke – Washington Freighters by Blount Rumley

    PDF The Ocracoke – Washington Freighters: The Last of an Era of Maritime Commerce (Reprinted from the Newsletter of the Historic Port of Washington Project,
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  • Things You Will or Won’t Find on Ocracoke

    PDF On a recent ferry ride back home to Ocracoke after a trip “up the beach” to Nags Head, my daughter Amy, our friend Jenifer
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  • Seal of the USLSS

    The 1905 Rescue of Six Mariners from the Schooner Sarah D. J. Rawson

    PDF The United States Life Saving Service was established in 1871 to come to the aid of stricken and shipwrecked sailing vessels and mariners. The
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  • The Concrete Turtle

    PDF Ocracoke did not get official street names until 1999. Street signs appeared in 2005. For most of Ocracoke’s history islanders simply used landmarks or
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  • House Raising and Moving on Ocracoke Island

    PDF After the catastrophic flooding from Hurricane Dorian on September 6, 2019, at least fifty island homes, businesses, and rental cottages were demolished due to
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  • Bill Askren

    Bill Askren

    PDF “Dear Sir: A 16 oz. BOTTLE CONTAINING NOTE, DATED 12 OCTOBER. 1956 was FOUND ON THE WINDBLOWN SANDS OF OCRACOKE,,ISLAND. SOUTH OF HATTERAS &
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  • Lawton Howard

    First Time Clamming – A Fond Remembrance of Lawton Howard

    PDF Just a few hours before my father’s funeral in March of 2002 I received this message from Captain Rob Temple who was unable to
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  • Joseph Guth, Butcher

    Hurricane Dorian and the Hunting Scene Persian Rug

    PDF My German-speaking maternal grandfather, Joszef Guth, immigrated to the United States from Hungary in 1912. He was 21 years old and had trained as
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  • Mr. Stacy's Cool House/Library

    Mr. Stacy’s Cool House

    PDF Long before the electrification of villages on the Outer Banks, islanders built small screened “houses” that they mounted on posts in their yards. Called
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  • Capt. Myron A. Garrish

    Capt. Myron A. Garrish

    PDF As early as 1785 records indicate that Ocracoke residents were concerned with education. On August 20 of that year the estate of Jobe Wahab
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  • The 1917 Ocracoke Schoolhouse

    The Ocracoke School Song

    PDF A few days ago, Sundae Horn, our local community librarian, sent me a copy of the sheet music for “The Ocracoke School Song.” Arnold
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  • Steamboat Home

    The 1837 Wreck of the Steamboat Home

    PDF The following account is taken from the book, Digging up Uncle Evans, by Philip Howard. In October of 1837 the Steamboat Home wrecked on
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    The Fresnel Lens

    PDF Essay by Lachlan Howard Since its invention in 1822 by the French physicist Augustin Fresnel, the Fresnel lens has been changing the world around
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Why I Stayed

    PDF By Philip Howard September, 2018 Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 storm packing 140 mph winds, was churning away in the Atlantic. The forecast indicated
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  • Odd Fellows Lodge, ca. 1901

    Mrs. Godfrey’s Ghost

    PDF This story is an edited version that was originally published in the book, Digging up Uncle Evans, by Philip Howard, © 2008. I didn’t
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  • Margueritte Boos

    Ocracoke Street Names

    PDF Ocracoke streets did not have official names until 1999. Street signs appeared in 2005. Prior to that time the names of Ocracoke’s streets were
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  • Warren Silverman

    My First Island Patient, by Dr. Warren Silverman

    PDF In the summer of 1981 Warren Silverman, M.D. moved to Ocracoke. It had been four decades since Ocracoke had a resident doctor. Dr. Silverman’s
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Ocracoke Lighthouse

    PDF Ocracoke’s 75’ tall white tower with a steady beam is the island’s most recognizable landmark. Built in 1823/1824 by Noah Porter of Massachusetts, the
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  • Home of Ben O'Neal, ca. 1925

    The Island Inn and Lodge No. 194, Independent Order of Odd Fellows

    PDF The story of Ocracoke’s Island Inn begins with the construction of a meeting house for Lodge No. 194, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, in
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  • A History of Village Craftsmen on Ocracoke Island

    PDF Village Craftsmen…49 years offering fine quality American handcrafts on Ocracoke Island. Lawton Howard was born on Ocracoke Island October 10, 1911. When he was
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Quaintest Town in America on a N.C. Island

    PDF The following article is from The Deming Headlight (Deming, New Mexico) ·  Fri, Oct 5, 1923.  No author is cited. Although there are a
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  • Old Christmas in Rodanthe

    PDF In 46 BC, Julius Caesar decreed that the Roman world should adopt his new calendar. Based on the solar year, rather than lunar cycles,
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  • A Description of Occacock, 1795

    PDF In 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,
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  • The Hurricane of 1944

    PDF Following is a transcript of a personal letter re. the 1944 hurricane on Ocracoke Island. It was written by the wife of one of
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  • Island Stairsteps

    PDF Instead of using the common terms “staircase” or simply “stairs,” older Ocracoke islanders are more likely to say “stairsteps.” I live in a typical
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  • Howard’s Pub of Ocracoke Island

    PDF In 1978 Ron Howard, direct descendant of an early colonial owner of Ocracoke Island, decided to build a pub on his property at the
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  • The 1899 Wreck of the Ariosto

    PDF The 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
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  • Rex O’Neal Gigging Flounders

    PDF This link will take you to a Coastal Voices audio of Rex O’Neal telling about the night that he fell overboard while gigging flounders
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  • The Story of the Mailboat Aleta

    PDF Follow this link to find out all about the Mailboat Aleta that began running trips between Atlantic and Ocracoke in 1938.
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  • Ocracoke’s Condomed Nautilus

    PDF The 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
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  • The Ocracoke Water Tank Caper

    PDF The 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
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  • The Electrification of Ocracoke Island, 1936-2017

    PDF On March 15, 2016, Heidi Smith, Manager of Economic Development for Tideland Electric Membership Corporation, presented a history of the electrification of Ocracoke Island
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  • The Great Lighthouse Window Heist A First-Person Account

    PDF by Ellen Fulcher Cloud, from her book, Ocracoke Lighthouse, 1993, Chapter 6. The Ocracoke Lighthouse and the structures within the compound were on the
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  • The Rumgagger

    PDF For several decades Capt. Rob Temple of the Schooner Windfall II and the Skipjack Wilma Lee has been composing piratical poetry and nautical nonsense
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  • Cap’n Gary Bragg Still Makes Wooden Geese

    PDF By Aycock Brown (Originally published November 13, 1938) Migratory wildfowl, ducks, geese and brant will be more plentiful along the coast of North Carolina
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Earthquakes

    PDF Sometime in the late 1970s (I didn’t record the date) I was standing in my parents’ living room on the corner of Lawton Lane
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  • My Ocracoke: Life Amidst 250 Years of Family History

    PDF (The following article is reprinted from the Outer Banks Magazine, Volume 4, 2016.) Story by Philip Howard Photographs by Daniel Pullen At one time
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  • Ocracoke . . .The French Connection

    PDF Most people familiar with Ocracoke are aware that European settlers in the early colonial period came mostly from the British Isles (England, Ireland, Scotland,
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  • July 4th Parade, 1953

    PDF Following 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
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  • A History of the Life-Saving Service

    PDF from Pearson’s Magazine, 1903 by Theodore Waters “It will be the worst hurricane that swept the Cape,” said Captain Pugh of the Gull Shoal
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Sambo, The Life-Saving Horse

    PDF “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
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  • Between the Sound and the Sea

    PDF March 21, 2016 Between the Sound and the Sea From 1973 to 1976 native North Carolinian Karen G. Helms (1947-2003), while earning a Master
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  • Beatrice Wells, Child Evangelist on Ocracoke

    PDF In 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
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Lost at Sea

    PDF Following is a partial list of Ocracoke Island natives, residents, descendants & others associated with Ocracoke who were lost at sea or drowned (from
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  • The Schooner Paragon

    PDF Job Wahab (nearly everyone called him Jobie) had the sea in his blood. Born on Ocracoke Island in 1802, he was, according to one
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Bett’s Dream and the Wreck of the Banana Boat

    PDF Elizabeth (“Bett”) Linton (1856-1910) was born in Wysocking, Hyde County, North Carolina. She married Ocracoke native and widower, Amon Howard (ca. 1820-ca. 1885). Two years
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  • The Great Ocracoke Cat Hunt

    PDF This small book was written and published by former Ocracoke School teacher Mary E. Williams in 1961. It provides a glimpse into island life
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  • Whale and Porpoise Fishing on the Outer Banks

    PDF In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, whales and “porpoises” (actually bottle-nose dolphins)* were hunted commercially by Outer Banks fishermen. Evidence of this industry on
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  • The Stovepipe Hat Wreck

    PDF My father occasionally told me the story of the mid-nineteenth century Outer Banks “stovepipe hat” shipwreck. It allegedly happened at Rodanthe before my father’s
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  • Rum Running on the Outer Banks

    PDF The Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified on January 16, 1920. The amendment reads, in part, “After one year from the
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  • First Time Visit to Portsmouth Island, Part II

    PDF Story & Photos by Crystal Canterbury (Click here for Part I) In 1894 a United States Life Saving Station (U.S.L.S.S.) was established on Portsmouth
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  • First Time Visit to Portsmouth Island, Part I

    PDF Story & Photos by Crystal Canterbury Over the past four years that I’ve lived on Ocracoke, events – some planned, some not – motivated
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  • The Ocracoke Orgy

    PDF Not long ago I was asked to write a short article about the “Ocracoke Orgy!” Those two words conjure up widely divergent images: a
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  • The Wahabs of Ocracoke Island

    PDF Do a Google search for “Wahab,” and the Internet’s most comprehensive search engine returns more than thirteen million results. A cursory glance at the
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    The 1890 Ocracoke Oyster War

    PDF The Eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginca), a tasty bivalve mollusk, has been harvested in North American waters since prehistoric times. Native American shell piles in
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Murder on Ocracoke!

    PDF Jacob Gaskill was two years old in 1787 when his father, Benjamine, died. He was sixteen when his mother, Jane Williams Gaskill, died. At
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Hunting Ducks & Geese in 1910

    PDF The following reprint is an excerpt from the article, “Winter Sport in Virginia and North Carolina,” in the Book of the Royal Blue, a magazine
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Hatteras, Seat of NC State Government During the Civil War

    PDF Hatteras, a lonely outpost on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, was the seat of state government in 1861…or so thought Rev. Marble Nash
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  • Steamships & Ocracoke

    PDF Ocracoke has been a tourist destination for much longer than most people realize. In 1795 Jonathan Price produced a map, “taken by actual survey”
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  • Ocracoke Crab Festival

    PDF From 1984 to 1989 the Ocracoke Civic Club Business Committee hosted an annual Ocracoke Crab Festival in early May. The Festival was a popular
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  • Agnes Scott of Ocracoke

    PDF Agnes Irvine Scott (1799-1877), Namesake of Agnes Scott College, Decatur, Georgia, and her Ocracoke Island Descendants Agnes Scott Garrish was just 21 years old
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Charles (Vera) Williams

    PDF No one alive knows the full story of native Ocracoke islander, Charles Irvin Williams, born 1898, the son of Tilmon L. Williams and Elizabeth
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  • From Philadelphia to Ocracoke, 1951

    PDF I first came to Ocracoke Island in 1945. I was almost one year old. My father was born on the island in 1911. When
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  • Boat Hauled Mail, More

    PDF (reprint from a February 1, 1948 article in the Raleigh News & Observer, by Charles S. Killebrew) Every morning of the year about 10
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  • The Telephone Comes to Ocracoke (1956)

    PDF The first residential telephone service on Ocracoke Island was established by Carolina Telephone & Telegraph Company in 1956. The charge was $5.00/month. Nearly everyone
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  • A Boat Ride and A Great Blue…Or, taking part in the annual Christmas Bird Count on Portsmouth Island.

    PDF By Lou Ann Homan With apples in my backpack and my camera case slung over my shoulder I step down into the boat on
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  • Martha Ann

    A Letter to Ocracoke, 1921

    PDF In our September, 2011 Ocracoke Newsletter, Slavery on Ocracoke (http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news092111.htm), I observed that “[s]laves on the Outer Banks, especially pilots and lighterers, were often
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  • The Soundfront Inn

    PDF Captain Elisha Chase, born March 13, 1790 in Swansea, Massachusetts, was descended from a long line of New England sea captains and businessmen. Elisha’s
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Ocracoke Humor

    PDF Ocracoke humor runs deep in islanders’ veins. Whether on the deck of a sailing vessel, on the porch of the general store, at the
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  • Hatteras Inlet Ferries

    PDF As many of our readers know, Ocracoke citizens have been sparring with the North Carolina legislature for more than two years regarding ferry tolls.
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  • Infant & Childhood Mortality on Ocracoke

    PDF Carl Goerch, in his 1956 book, Ocracoke, has a chapter titled “Died Before He Was Born.” In his book Goerch relates the story of visiting
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  • July 4th Parade Photos

    PDF In 1953 Capt. Marvin Howard made a proposal at the Ocracoke Civic Club’s Spring Meeting. “Let’s have some fun,” he announced, and suggested adding
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  • Marvin Howard, A Life Well Lived

    PDF Captain Marvin Wyche Howard (Sept. 11, 1897 – March 26, 1969) was just a week and a half old when a tropical storm battered
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  • A History of the United States Post Office at Ocracoke

    PDF Early History of Mail Delivery in the North American Colonies During the seventeenth century, colonists in North America mostly relied on private connections (ship
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    The Wreck of the Black Squall

    PDF This month’s Newsletter is the story of the Wreck of the Black Squall. This two-masted sailing vessel was carrying an exotic cargo when it
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    The Ocracoke Island Greeting

    PDF “Now Abraham was old, well advanced in years; and the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things. And Abraham said to his servant, the
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  • Windmills on Ocracoke

    PDF The prospect of cheap, reliable, environmentally friendly power has intrigued North Carolinians for many years. Since 2007, Duke Energy in cooperation with the University
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  • Lindbergh

    The Day Lindbergh Landed on Ocracoke

    PDF [The following article is from a collection of newspaper clippings saved by an island resident. I had heard this story many times. My father,
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  • Ocracoke and the War of 1812

    PDF The U.S. Coast Guard has recently expressed an interest in having the NC Department of Cultural Resources place a highway marker on Ocracoke in
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  • Fences of Howard Street & Lawton Lane

    PDF For this month’s Newsletter we are going to take a stroll down Lawton Lane and Howard Street and look at the many fences around houses,
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  • Midwifery in North Carolina and on Ocracoke Island

    PDF History of Midwifery in North Carolina No doubt midwifery was practiced in North Carolina from the time of the earliest European settlers. However, it
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  • Hurricane Boards

    PDF The “Hurricane House” sits at the end of a sandy lane, overlooking Pamlico Sound. Built about 1900, it is a traditional “story and a
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  • Molly Lovejoy’s 2012 Valedictory Address

    PDF Ocracoke Graduating Class of 2012: (Echo Bennink, William O’Neal, Molly Lovejoy, Cassandra Hagins, Virginia Downes, Ashley Salinas-Lopez, & Leslie Espinoza) Molly Lovejoy: Following is
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Island Recipes

    PDF Every now and then I publish an island recipe on our Ocracoke Journal. In this month’s Ocracoke Newsletter I share a few more recipes
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  • Project Nutmeg

    PDF Imagine Ocracoke with no paved roads, no ferry service, no visitors…and no residents. Imagine the landscape defaced with huge craters, homes and other buildings
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  • The Rondthalers of Ocracoke

    PDF Alice and Theodore Rondthaler had been married for a decade when Alice’s mother came from Connecticut to live with them in Clemmons, North Carolina.
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  • The Civil War, Ocracoke, & Josephus Daniels

    PDF On May 20, 1861 North Carolina seceded from the Union. Recognizing the importance of the Outer Banks, especially Hatteras Inlet, the most navigable inlet
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  • Joe Bell

    PDF While driving, biking, or walking almost anywhere along the Outer Banks from early April through December you are likely to notice clusters of brightly
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  • Ocracoke and the “Lost” Colony

    PDF Although Ocracoke did not play a major role in the first attempts by the English to colonize America, Ocracoke is part of the story
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  • There’s Nothing Like the Glory of November on the “Banks”

    PDF By Capt. Marvin W. Howard, Ocracoke, N.C., originally published in the Coastland Times, November 12, 1954, re-published with minor editing (click on the links
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  • Slavery on Ocracoke

    PDF “Papa was always proud that none of his forebears owned slaves,” cousin Blanche Howard told me. “Only after he died did we discover that
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  • North Carolina’s First Hospital

    PDF Although hospitals were well known in ancient Greece and Renaissance Europe, they were a relatively late development in the burgeoning British Colonies. The first
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  • Late Night Can Be Bathed in a Beautiful Light

    PDF by Lou Ann Homan-Saylor My summer life on Ocracoke is enchanting. Now that I have settled in, it feels as if this is my
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  • Ode to Mrs. Godfrey

    PDF by Thomas E. MacDonald I was finally embarking on my much-anticipated vacation to my favorite destination and knew what to expect, or so I
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  • History of the Life of Frank Treat Fulcher [An Autobiography, 1965]

    PDF Born January 25, 1878, now 87 years old, who is the director of writing the Life of Old People of ocracoke Island and the
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  • A History of Ocracoke Preservation Society

    PDF For nearly 30 years Ocracoke Preservation Society has been working to preserve island culture, documents, artifacts, stories, and historic properties. The economic recession of
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Traditional Ocracoke Home Remedies

    PDF (Collected by the Ocracoke High School Yearbook staff, 1972-1973, with minor editing) General Diseases Drink sulfur and molasses to keep disease away Use collard
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  • 1911 Wedding on Portsmouth Island

    PDF Following is an account of a wedding that took place on Portsmouth Island nearly one hundred years ago. It is entitled “A Beautiful Church
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  • Sam Jones, Island Legend

    PDF A small cemetery, enclosed by an unpainted, cedar picket fence, lies in the middle of the Springer’s Point Nature Preserve on Ocracoke Island. Ikey
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  • Doxsee clam Factory, Ocracoke island, NC

    PDF James Harvey Doxsee (1825-1907), sixth great grandson of Englishman James (“the Vicar”) Doxie, grew up on a four hundred acre farm in Islip, New
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  • Ocracoke Cisterns

    PDF Prior to June of 1977 everyone living on Ocracoke Island relied on rainstorms and runoff from the roof for fresh drinking water. According to
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  • The Life of Ocracoke Native, Major General Ira Thomas Wyche (1887-1981)

    PDF Upon a small sand hill, “Cedar Hammock” by name, on the north end of Ocracoke Island, the U.S. Life Saving Service established a new
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  • Looking for the Wahabs

    PDF by Dr. James J. Zogby ©  President, Arab American Institute  OCRACOKE ISLAND, N.C. We are just ending a family vacation on this little island
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  • The Wreck of the George W. Wells, September 3, 1913

    PDF She was a beautiful sight. At 325 feet long (302 feet at the keel), 48 feet at the beam, and weighing 2,970 tons, the
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  • Remembering Island Character Don Wood

    PDF Text & Photos by Guest Columnist Robert (Jake) Thornbury It was a dark, moist, windy morning as the four of us boarded the 38′
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  • Guest Column: Schooner Windfall Sails into the Final Sunset

    PDF By Rob Temple, April, 2010 Leave her, Johnny, leave her Oh leave her, Johnny, leave her! The voyage is done and the winds don’t
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  • Don Wood Thanksgiving Stories

    PDF Over the years Ocracoke has been home to many a colorful character. Don Wood (1936-1998) was one of the more interesting. Don sold a
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  • Ocracats

    PDF Pat Garber has asked me to publish the following article about the abundance of feral cats on Ocracoke Island. A PLEA FOR HELP: OCRACOKE’S
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  • Early 20th Century Itinerants on Ocracoke

    PDF Most of them were just trying to pay their bills. Some were scam artists. Others were attempting to save souls. In the early twentieth
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  • Kelly O’Neal and the Revolution in Siam

    PDF Several months ago native islander, Leroy O’Neal, sent me a srory about his Uncle Kelly O”Neal (1911-1987) and the 1951 revolution in Siam (Thailand).
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  • Place Names on Ocracoke Island

    PDF In the 1970s Ronnie Midgett and his wife Diane moved to Ocracoke. Ronnie had been called as pastor of the Assembly of God church.
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    A Letter Concerning a Visit to Ocracoke

    PDF By C.A. Weslager* [From the NC Historical Review, July 1958: The letter below was written following a trip to Ocracoke Island in 1949. When
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Wind and History in the Rigging

    PDF by Philip Howard (This was originally published in The Washington Post, Thursday, April 29, 1976) OCRACOKE, N.C. The old fisherman drew alongside in his
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  • Blanche Jolliff Howard’s Ocracoke Photo Album

    PDF Several months ago I was visiting cousin Blanche and she brought out an old photo album for me to look at. I made copies
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Turtle Patrol, 2009

    PDF by Lou Ann Homan The mosquitoes are thick as I wait this early morning for Corinna to pick me up for my weekly turtle
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  • Remembering Growing up on Ocracoke, Part II

    PDF Last month I published the first half of a short journal my father, Lawton W. Howard (1911-2002), wrote shortly before his death. This month
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  • Remembering Growing up on Ocracoke, Part I

    PDF Many of our readers will remember my father, Lawton Wesley Howard, Sr. (1911-2002). He was quite the character, and I have written about him
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  • Paved Roads on Ocracoke

    PDF In 1942 the Navy paved the first road on Ocracoke Island. Islanders called it the Ammunition Dump Road. From the Navy base (which included
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  • Ocracoke Cemeteries and Epitaphs

    PDF As many of our readers know, it is impossible to stroll through Ocracoke village for very long without encountering a cemetery. More than eighty
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  • Christmas Bird Count on Portsmouth Island, 2008

    PDF Text and Photos by Lou Ann Homan It is dark and chilly in the cottage when the alarm clock goes off. It is still
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  • Live Oaks of Ocracoke, Part II

    PDF Last month we published an article about the majestic live oaks on Ocracoke Island. You can read that Newsletter here. Because several readers have
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  • Ocracoke’s Artists’ colony

    PDF “Is there an artists’ colony on Ocracoke?” is a question I frequently hear. “We do have a number of talented artists and musicians,” I reply,
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  • The Ocracoke Assembly of God Church

    PDF Ocracoke’s first house of worship was the Methodist Church, established on the island in 1828.  The congregation met in several different buildings over the
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  • The Wreck of the Victoria S & Ocracoke’s First Automobile Accident

    PDF “Son, why don’t you come along with me,” Homer called out. Lawton was eager to join his father on beach patrol. It was exciting
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  • One Reason to NOT Move to Ocracoke

    PDF For years newspaper reporters, authors of magazine articles, and long-time visitors to Ocracoke have extolled the virtues of island life. People routinely mention our
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  • A New Pitcher Pump

    PDF by Lou Ann Homan The morning started out as every other morning. Fresh home-made bread toasted and spread with peach jam, hot coffee with
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  • Lifesaving on Ocracoke Island

    PDF It was 7:00 a.m., February 17, 1885, and the A.F. Crockett, a coastal schooner, was hard ashore about ten miles southwest of the Cedar
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  • Portsmouth Island Homecoming, 2008

    PDF Honoring the Life Savers On Saturday, April 19, more than 400 people gathered on Portsmouth Island, just across the inlet from Ocracoke. The occasion was
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  • Celebrating the Life of Ocracoke’s Oldest Resident, Muzel Bryant

    PDF As many of our readers know,Muzel Bryant, Ocracoke’s oldest resident, died last month at the age of 103.  I was unable to attend her
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  • Ocracoke Island Crossword

    PDF Welcome to Village Craftsmen’s first ever island crossword puzzle. I created this puzzle myself.  I’d never done anything like this before.  I didn’t realize
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  • Ocracoke in 1942

    PDF This month I provide our readers with a brief glimpse into the past with a reprint of an article published on April 11, 1942
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  • The Wreck of the Ariosto

    PDF It was December of 1899.  The U.S. Life Saving Station at Cedar Hammock, just a mile or so from Hatteras Inlet, on the north
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    The Old Howard Cemetery

    PDF Recently a former resident of Ocracoke asked me if I would write a newsletter about the old Howard cemetery on British Cemetery Road.  I
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  • Blackbeard

    PDF Hardly anyone who has visited Ocracoke hasn’t heard about Blackbeard, the fiercest seafarer ever to fly the black flag of piracy.  The basic story
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  • Clamming with Morty

    PDF by Lou Ann Homan The sky is brilliant blue with not even a trace of a cloud as I set out on my bike.
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  • Captain Joe Burrus

    PDF The most recognizable symbol of Ocracoke Island is the lighthouse.  This simple 75 foot tall white tower with a steady beam has been guiding
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    The “Black Squall”

    PDF Last week the children at the Ocracoke Youth Center were having “Circus Week.”  The director, Karen Lovejoy, asked me to stop by one morning
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    The Ocrafolk School

    PDF Ocracoke will host an exciting new island venture this year, the OcraFolk School.  The school  will feature a one week long session of classes
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    The Aleta Carries Anything

    PDF Getting to Ocracoke in the 1940s and early 1950s was an exciting adventure.  This was before the road to Hatteras was built, and before
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Replacing Ocracoke’s Seven Bridges

    PDF North Carolina Highway 12 crosses seven tidal creeks on Ocracoke Island.  From south to north they are Island Creek (near Hammock Hills nature trail
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    A Traditional Island Whistle

    PDF As in most small rural villages and towns across America, Ocracoke children of several generations ago played with a variety of homemade toys, and
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  • Edgar Howard Tombstone

    Death & Dying on Ocracoke

    PDF Ocracoke village comprises little more than 600 acres of buildable land, with about 750 residents.  In spite of the small & circumscribed land mass,
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Ocracoke’s Last Fish House

    PDF Last winter, after many years of a unique and historic maritime heritage, Ocracoke was threatened with permanent closure of the island’s last remaining fish
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  • Dory

    Dory Fishing Off the Beach

    PDF By Jamie Tunnell (This article was originally published in the December, 2006 issue of the Ocracoke Observer.) Generations of watermen have haul-seined off Ocracoke
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Maps of the Outer Banks

    PDF Last month a visitor to the Ocracoke Preservation Society museum wondered aloud about the name “Portsmouth Island.”  As many of our readers know, Portsmouth
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  • The Community Store

    PDF Modern-day visitors to Ocracoke Island typically imagine that the small village of several hundred homes clustered around strikingly charming Silver Lake harbor has always
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  • Howard Street

    PDF Ocracoke’s first residents were Native Americans, members of the Wocon tribe. Some of the earliest recorded names for the island (Wococon, Wokokon) reflect this
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  • Joe Bell Grave

    Tokens of Death

    PDF “A token of death,” an Ocracoker might exclaim, on hearing that a neighbor or family member had a disturbing dream.  Perhaps the dreamer watched
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Ocracoke and the War of 1812

    PDF A part of Ocracoke’s history little remarked on is the War of 1812.  In fact this is sometimes referred to as America’s “forgotten war.” 
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  • Old Kade

    PDF Ocracoke Island is a magical place with a host of interesting characters.  It has always been so. John Williams, III was born on Ocracoke
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  • Quilting on Ocracoke

    PDF Quilting ranks among Ocracoke Island’s traditional crafts.  In times past most island homes included a quilting frame, and Ocracoke women spent many an evening
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  • Seafarers of Ocracoke Island

    PDF Historic Ocracoke is most commonly referred to as a traditional fishing village.  Although this is partially true, it overlooks an important aspect of the
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    I Believe in Potlucks

    PDF Recently eastern North Carolina’s National Public Radio station has been sponsoring a segment entitled “This I Believe.”  They regularly air a thoughtful essay written
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Ocracoke Street Names, Part II

    PDF Last month I took the opportunity to share some island history by explaining how several of Ocracoke’s street names came to be. Other names
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Ocracoke Street Names, Part I

    PDF Ocracoke Island has only had official street names for a few years; and street signs for just several months. Not so long ago folks
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    George & Jule

    PDF Last week one of Ocracoke’s native sons, George Guthrie Jackson, died after a long illness.  George was descended from one of the island’s very
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    August Storm of 1899

    PDF In an August journal entry Dale mentioned the Outer Banks’ “Old August Storm” of 1899, and said that I would publish more about that
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  • Toothbrush

    The Old Toothbrush Man

    PDF Although medical care was spotty on Ocracoke in the late 19th & early 20th centuries, professional dental care was non-existent. Toothbrushes as we know
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Kunigunde Guth Howard

    PDF In a past newsletter I documented a number of island residents’ unusual first names —  names such as Epherena, Emelis, Leevella, Hiteous, and Maltby.
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  • Ocracoke Native Charlie Morris O’Neal

    PDF Ocracoke native Charlie Morris O’Neal was born October 21, 1921.  He died March 27, 2005.  His family asked me to deliver the eulogy at
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Winter Construction on Ocracoke

    PDF There has been quite a bit of construction taking place on Ocracoke this winter.  Sometimes folks shudder to think about new building, but it’s
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Dey Jimminy Criminy

    PDF Michael Judge in his recent book, The Dance of Time, has this to say about February: “Although mighty Orion still commands the southern sky,
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  • Lawton Howard (October 10, 1911 – March 23, 2002)

    PDF As Lawton always liked to tell it, he was the tenth child, born at ten minutes after ten o’clock, on the tenth day of
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Homer & Aliph Howard Home

    PDF Ocracoke Island, on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, was first settled by Europeans in the mid 1700’s.  In 1759, at nearly 60 years
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Christmas on the Island

    PDF Ocracoke Christmases in the twenty-first century are a combination of traditional and modern elements. Each season sees an increase in lighted decorations.  Some folks,
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Wreck of the Steamboat “Home” Part II

    PDF Following is Part II of the gripping & dramatic story of a 19th century tragedy, one of the greatest sea disasters in the history
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Wreck of the Steamboat “Home” Part I

    PDF Following is the gripping & dramatic story of a 19th century tragedy, one of the greatest sea disasters in the history of the North
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Building an Ocracoke bird trap

    PDF Like most small villages, towns, and neighborhoods with a sense of community, Ocracoke has many local traditions.  Island children, until recently, had their own
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    History of the Ocracoke Lighthouse

    PDF Ocracoke’s 75′ tall white tower with a steady beacon is the island’s most prominent landmark. Built in 1823 by Noah Porter of Massachusetts for
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Legends of Blackbeard’s Skull

    PDF Island Greetings! This month I share with you the fascinating story of the search for Blackbeard’s skull.  But first, two brief comments. Several people
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Storms & Shipwrecks

    PDF Ocracoke Island has been the final resting place for many an ill-fated vessel caught in a storm off our coast. Shipwrecks of note include
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Ocracoke & Aviation, including new air service to the island

    PDF Powered, controlled flight and the Outer Banks, especially Kitty Hawk, NC, will be forever linked in our minds. The Wright Brothers never set foot
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Muzel Bryant’s 100th birthday

    PDF On Friday, March 12, 2004 Ocracoke native, Muzel Bryant, had her 100th birthday.  The next day approximately 200 people came to the school gymnasium
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Fat Tuesday on Ocracoke

    PDF After a cold and stormy winter, it finally feels as if spring is just around the corner.  One sure sign of the impending warmer
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Quiet winter, and more about the Homer & Aliph Howard Home

    PDF Winter Greetings & Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at Village Craftsmen! Congratulations are in order for several Village Craftsmen employees: — Mary
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Winter Storms, Moving of the Assembly of God Church, Homer & Aliph Howard Home

    PDF Winter Greetings from Ocracoke Island! As you might imagine, Ocracoke is quiet this time of year.  The winter holidays are behind us, most island
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    History of the Ocracoke United Methodist Church, Part II

    PDF For a number of years tiny Ocracoke Island was home to two congregations of the Methodist Church. During the latter part of the nineteenth
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    History of the Ocracoke United Methodist Church, Part I

    PDF The first record of a church on Ocracoke Island is in 1828 when the Ocracoke-Portsmouth Circuit of the Methodist Episcopal Church was established.  In
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Hurricane Isabel

    PDF September 15, 2003 – September 23, 2003  Monday, September 15, 2003 Although no one can confidently predict the course of Hurricane Isabel at this
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Meal Wine & Drunk Pig

    PDF Here is a traditional island recipe. Take four pounds of corn meal, five pounds of sugar, four gallons of water, three or four packages
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Old names for Ocracoke Island, 1795 Map & Description

    PDF Greetings from Wococon Island! One of the more common questions visitors to Ocracoke ask is “What is the origin of the name ‘Ocracoke?'” In
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Sigma Willis Scholarship Fund, Adopt-a-Pony Program

    PDF July Greetings from Ocracoke! Ocracoke Island, as many of you know, is not simply a tourist resort.  It is a thriving community with a
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Elnora Ballance, an Ocracoke Murder, Family Tragedy, and Major General Ira Wyche

    PDF Visitors to Ocracoke Island are often fascinated by the many family graveyards scattered throughout the village. In fact, at least 82 small cemeteries can
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Aunt Sal Stanford

    PDF © Philip Howard, 2003 Walking through island graveyards can lead to unexpected discoveries. For instance, a quiet stroll through the old Howard cemetery on
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    History of Springer’s Point

    PDF The Ghosts of Springer’s Point © Philip Howard, 2003 With 42 acres of maritime forest, Springer’s Point remains one of the last undeveloped treasures
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Ocracoke Music, Island Path Summer Workshops

    PDF Welcome to yet another Ocracoke Newsletter from Village Craftsmen.  The weather is warming up and we are looking forward to the beginning of a
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  • Snowy Lawn

    Blizzard of 2003

    PDF Today all of Eastern North Carolina, and especially the Outer Banks, experienced one of the largest snowfalls in recent history.  Not since 1980 had
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse Snow

    Ocracoke Holiday Traditions

    PDF Happy Holidays to all of our friends! Ocracoke Lighthouse in a Winter Snow, 2002 As the depth of winter envelopes us we often come
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Wintertime Activities, Howard Family Reunion

    PDF Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Village Craftsmen! Last month I reported that one of the most common questions summer visitors ask us
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Funny comments and questions

    PDF Fall Greetings from Ocracoke Island! Perhaps it is because Ocracoke is so isolated, accessible only by boat or small plane, that throughout the summer
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Tropical Storm Gustav

    PDF Greetings! On Tuesday, September 10 tropical storm Gustav visited Ocracoke.  The winds were moderate (probably no gustier than 60 mph), but the trajectory of
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Rainbow, Waterspout, & “Old Diver”

    PDF September Greetings from Ocracoke Island! We recently received the following email from one of our island visitors, Patrick Crockett: “I thought you folks might
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    July 4 Parade, New Books, Old Coins

    PDF Summer greetings from Ocracoke! As usual, the island community came together for a creative, whacky, fun-filled July 4th celebration last month.  The highlight of
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  • Frank Treat Fulcher

    Marsh Fire & Seafaring Adventures of Frank Treat Fulcher

    PDF Welcome back to another edition of our island newsletter! Some of you may have heard about the fire scare we had last month.  A
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Amy & David, Ocrafolk Festival 2002, Portsmouth Island, M/V Silver Lake

    PDF Summertime greetings from Ocracoke Island! For those of you who haven’t been to the island recently, this month we share with you news about
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Ocracoke Ponies and Outstanding Horsemen

    PDF Spring greetings from Ocracoke Island! As warmer weather approaches, we are beginning to see many familiar faces returning to the island for rest and
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Amtrak service to Ocracoke?!?

    PDF Welcome to another addition to our on-line Ocracoke Newsletter! This month we bring you exciting news from the island.  For all of you who
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Scalloping in Pamlico Sound

    PDF Welcome to another edition of our on-line newsletter! Those of you who visit Ocracoke in the off-season may have noticed broken shells on Highway
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Auction raises $3,600 & the Schooner Windfall

    PDF Welcome to another edition of Village Craftsmen’s on-line newsletter! For those of you who missed last month’s posting you might want to see some
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  • Winter Snow

    PDF Islanders woke up this morning to 3-4 inches of heavy, wet snow blanketing the village.  Ocracoke hadn’t had a real snowfall for over a
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Ocracoke Christmas Traditions, Solstice Party

    PDF Wintertime greetings to Friends of Ocracoke Island! We hope you are enjoying a joyous holiday season and we wish for you happiness and the
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Ocracoke Thanksgiving, Brief History of Ocracoke Island

    PDF Fall Greetings from all of us at Village Craftsmen! We hope all of you had a Thanksgiving holiday filled with many blessings.  In spite
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Humorous stories about Lawton Howard, 90 year old O’cocker

    PDF Welcome back to another edition of our on-line newsletter.  This month I share with you some amusing stories about my father, Lawton, who just
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Clamming & Clam Chowder recipe

    PDF Fall Greetings from all of us at Village Craftsmen! The world and our country have changed drastically since our last newsletter was published.  The
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Roy Parsons, Ocracoke & Philadelphia, “Old Drum” recipe

    PDF September Greetings from Ocracoke Island! Many of you have had an opportunity to visit us this summer, some are planning an upcoming Fall vacation,
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Fruits & vegetables from the sea, and the “Pioneer”

    PDF This past winter as I was walking along the beach with my hat pulled down over my ears and my collar turned up against
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    “I’ve done promised Freener” & Island Names

    PDF Summer is upon us and soon it will be Independence Day.  If you will be on the island July 4 be sure to check
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Blue Jays, Tree Frogs, House Movings & The Island Inn

    PDF Warm greetings from Ocracoke Island! Summer is just around the corner and, as you can see from the photos below, Ocracoke Village is bursting
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Fannie Pearl MacWilliams Wahab

    PDF Greetings from Ocracoke Island! Ocracoke, like most isolated areas, has its share of supernatural stories.  The following was told to me by Larry Williams. 
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Treasures from the sea, Community Litter Pickup, Ocracoke Fig Cake

    PDF Spring greetings from Ocracoke Island! This afternoon as I write, Ocracoke is quiet and subdued.  Clouds and gentle rain have settled over the island
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Community Store, Mail Boat, New Items, Arts Fair & OcraFolk Festival

    PDF Hello again from Ocracoke Island! Community Gatherings: Sunday was “Customer Appreciation Day” at the Community Store.  Ricky and Gaynelle Tillett staged a big sale,
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Winter Activities, Lawton Howard

    PDF Warm greetings from the folks at Village Craftsmen! Winter is one of our favorite times on Ocracoke.  The weather may be chilly (this winter
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Cormorants, Geese, Dolphins, Whales, & Christmas on Ocracoke

    PDF Winter is a time for walking on the beach.  Sometimes it is cold and windy, but the island is quiet this season of the
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Guest Columnist, Leon

    PDF Well hey! Leon here– For those of you who don’t know me (can’t imagine that!) I’m the very handsome black & white cat that
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Bon Appetite, Uncle Homer, Employee Lounge

    PDF Last month I shared with you a short story about Julius Bryant and one of his floundering adventures in the mid-50’s.  Below is a
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Floundering & Stories

    PDF August is nearly gone and Labor Day is fast approaching.  Summertime on Ocracoke has been pleasant this year.  There have been many people here
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Ocracoke July 4 Celebration

    PDF Already it is nearing the end of July!  Summertime, of course, brings many people to Ocracoke for swimming, fishing, boating and just plain relaxing.
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  • Aunt Tressie

    Ocrafolk Festival, Sewing & Quilts

    PDF The first annual “Ocracoke Festival of Story and Song,” held on Saturday, June 10, was a big success!  Many outstanding musicians were featured including
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Ocracoke Dance, Howard Street Arts and Crafts Fair, Clay Walthall

    PDF Welcome to our special page where we share news and information about Ocracoke Village, Ocracoke Island and Village Craftsmen. On Thursday, May 25, the
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Portsmouth Island, Guestbook, Photography Exhibit

    PDF Welcome to the latest edition of our Ocracoke Newsletter. Portsmouth Island: Just across Ocracoke Inlet, to the south, lies Portsmouth Island. Path from Haulover
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Round Creek, Down Point, and Up Trent

    PDF Welcome to our Ocracoke Island newsletter! Howard Street Sit back, relax and let your mind take a stroll down Howard Street.  Today is a
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Old Quork, Molasses Creek on A Prairie Home Companion, Pottery by Elaine

    PDF Greetings again from the folks at Village Craftsmen! Spring is definitely in the air.  It is time for repairing and painting boats, opening of
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    New Fig sprouts, Muzel Bryant, Molasses Creek

    PDF Spring is definitely on its way as evidenced by the many daffodils blooming throughout the village.  Another sign of warmer weather is the new
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Dialect, Scotch Bonnet, Joe Bell

    PDF These past two weeks have been delightful. Saturday, Feb 26 was the perfect beach day–warm, sunny and calm.  It was so perfect I just
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Rondthaler House, Ocracoke Room at Wesley Hospitality House

    PDF This past weekend witnessed a small increase in island visitors because of the official observance of George Washington’s birthday on Monday.  To put our
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Dolphins, Ocracoke Square Dance, Dialect, Shipwreck “Nelly Potter”

    PDF Greetings from Ocracoke Island.  It is still winter, of course, but we’ve had several days of balmy, almost Spring-like weather.  Then it turned a
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    Hurricanes Dennis and Floyd, Ocracoke Dialect

    PDF Whether you are a first-time visitor to this site or becoming a regular, welcome to our Ocracoke Island Newsletter. Many of you have asked
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  • Ocracoke Lighthouse

    OcraFolk Festival, Highway 12, off-season activities

    PDF The first annual OcraFolk Festival of story and song  will be held on June 10, 2000.  If you are planning a summer visit to
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