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Ocracoke Island Journal - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 19:19
The wind has increased to about 30 mph, with gusts around 40 mph. Darker clouds are moving across the sky, and a bit of rain has fallen. This is probably my last photo until daylight tomorrow.


Categories: Outer Banks Blogs

HURRICANE ARTHUR ADVISORY #6

Ocracoke Island Journal - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 17:38
July 3, 2014 5:30 p.m.Curfew And Alcohol Sales Ban Countywide, Call for Energy Conservation on Ocracoke
As Hurricane Arthur approaches the North Carolina coast Hyde County is bracing for potential impacts of the storm. Hyde County officials have announced a curfew for Ocracoke Island between 8:00 p.m. tonight and 8:00 a.m. Friday morning.  A curfew for mainland Hyde will be effective as of 10:00 p.m. tonight through 8:00 a.m. Friday morning.  Sale of alcohol in Hyde County is prohibited between 5:00 p.m. today through 8:00 a.m. Friday. View the proclamation here.
For those staying on Ocracoke Island during the storm please take all necessary precautions.  Secure loose outdoor objects and be well stocked with drinking water, non-perishable food items, and batteries.  Move your car to high ground and do not park your car under a house. Disconnect your battery if your car might be flooded.  Turn off your hot water heater. Open fires and fireworks are not allowed on Ocracoke at any time. Go to ReadyNC.org for ideas on emergency supply kits and more information about hurricane preparedness. Please be alert, be prepared, and be smart!
As power outages are likely, Tideland EMC strongly urges all customers on Ocracoke conserve energy throughout the storm limiting usage to only refrigeration and fans.  Ocracoke residents and guests will have to practice extreme conservation efforts for Tideland's generator to successfully energize the Island. Please share this message with guests staying in cottages and other lodging facilities. 
Hurricane Arthur is expected to be a Category 2 hurricane when it passes over or near the North Carolina coast. Tropical storm force winds are expected to affect Ocracoke Island beginning tonight at 8:00 p.m. and subside around 8:00 a.m. Friday. Hurricane force winds are expected between 2:00-4:00 a.m. Friday with peak wind projected around 103 MPH at 3:00 a.m. Friday. 15-20 foot seas are expected with storm surge projections ranging between 0-5 feet above ground. Isolated tornados are also possible over portions of coastal North Carolina through Friday morning.    Reminder  There is no pre-equipped storm shelter on Ocracoke and people who choose to stay should be prepared to be self-supporting.  County officials ask all lodging establishments on Ocracoke take every effort to keep their clients out of harms way from 8:00 p.m. Thursday to 10:00 a.m. Friday morning.


Additional Information
Preparation Measures by Tideland EMC:  Tideland is preparing for the storm by sending additional resources to Ocracoke. Tideland has no plans to shut power off in advance of the storm and is prepared to run the Ocracoke generator in the event of a prolonged outage. However, the ability of the generator to power the island in an emergency situation will largely depend on electric load. Therefore, island residents will be asked to practice extreme conservation efforts if the generator is called into service. Power restoration activities do not begin until storm conditions have sufficiently subsided to ensure safe working conditions for utility crews. More information available here.
Preparation Measures by NCDOT:  Along the Outer Banks, crews are staging motor graders, excavators, bulldozers and front-end loaders in Buxton, Kitty Hawk, Ocracoke and Pea Island. NCDOT has more equipment ready to mobilize, if needed, as well as employees prepared to patrol N.C. 12 during and after the storm. More information available here.
NPS Park Closures:  The Outer Banks Group of the National Park Service announced the following park closures on Ocracoke Island. As of 12:00 p.m. Noon Wednesday, July 2, 204: the NPS campground, NPS docks in Silver Lake, NPS visitors center and ORV office, as well as NPS lifeguard operations will be closed until further notice. All NPS beaches are closed to off-road vehicles as of 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, 2014 until further notice. More information available here.
Ocracoke Independence Day Celebration:  The Ocracoke Independence Day celebration has been reschedule to Saturday, July 5th when the weather is expected to clear up.  More information: http://www.ocracokecurrent.com/
Next update from Hyde County Emergency Services is expected late Friday morning July 4, 2014.
Categories: Outer Banks Blogs

Arthur Nearing

Ocracoke Island Journal - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:59
Wind is beginning to increase -- about 20 mph, with gusts at 25. Bikes and lawn mower are put away. All that's left to do is take down the porch swing and stow away the porch rockers. We'll do that before retiring for the night (though it's unlikely that we'll get much sleep!)















We will keep you posted...here and on our Facebook page...as long as we have power and/or Internet service.
Categories: Outer Banks Blogs

A Few More Tasks

Ocracoke Island Journal - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 12:45
My son-in-law, David, & my son, Stefen, help me trim a final few branches that are too close to my house.




















The forecast now is for a Category 2 storm, with sustained winds between 96 & 110 miles per hour. We are as prepared as possible.
Categories: Outer Banks Blogs

HURRICANE ARTHUR ADVISORY #5

Ocracoke Island Journal - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 11:57
July 3, 2014 12:00 p.m.Curfew And Alcohol Sales Ban On Ocracoke To Take Effect, Last Ferry Leaving Ocracoke Scheduled For 5:00 p.m. Today July 3, 2014
Ocracoke Island is currently under voluntary evacuation.  Hyde County officials have announced a curfew for Ocracoke Island between 8:00 p.m. tonight and 8:00 a.m. Friday morning.  All sales of alcohol on Ocracoke will be banned after 5:00 p.m. today.
Hyde County officials strongly recommend visitors leave as soon as possible and residents be prepared for potential serious impacts of Hurricane Arthur.  This storm is projected to be a Category 2 hurricane with storm surge of 3-5 feet above ground.
The NC Ferry Division is working to get as many people off Ocracoke as possible before weather conditions force operations to stop. The last ferries from Ocracoke to Cedar Island and Swan Quarter will leave Ocracoke at 4:00 p.m. today.  The last ferry from Ocracoke to Hatteras is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. today. The Hatteras Ferry route has ample capacity to accommodate people leaving Ocracoke. Go to NCDOT.gov/ferry for the most recent information.
Hurricane Arthur is now expected to be a Category 2 hurricane when it passes over or near the North Carolina coast. Tropical storm force winds are expected to affect Ocracoke Island beginning today at 8:00 p.m. and subside around 9:00 a.m. Friday.  Hurricane force winds are expected between 2:00-4:00 a.m. Friday with peak wind projected around 103 MPH at 3:00 a.m. Friday. 15-25 foot seas are expected with storm surge projections of 3-5 feet above ground. Isolated tornados are also possible over portions of coastal North Carolina.  
Reminder
Those that choose to stay on Ocracoke do so at their own risk and need to be well prepared for potential serious impacts of the storm.  County Manager Bill Rich sternly warns everyone on Ocracoke, "There could be loss of electricity, there could be restaurants closing, there could be cars flooding, and roads could be compromised; if you do not want to experience what could be, you should leave the Island."    There is no pre-equipped storm shelter on Ocracoke and people who choose to stay should be prepared to be self-supporting.  Please disconnect your car battery if your car is flooded. Hyde County officials ask all lodging establishments on Ocracoke take every effort to keep their clients out of harms way from 9:00 p.m. Thursday to 10:00 a.m. Friday morning. Go to ReadyNC.org for ideas on emergency supply kits and more information about hurricane preparedness. Please be alert, be prepared, and be smart!


Additional Information
Preparation Measures by Tideland EMC:  Tideland is preparing for the storm by sending additional resources to Ocracoke. Tideland has no plans to shut power off in advance of the storm and is prepared to run the Ocracoke generator in the event of a prolonged outage. However, the ability of the generator to power the island in an emergency situation will largely depend on electric load. Therefore, island residents will be asked to practice extreme conservation efforts if the generator is called into service. Power restoration activities do not begin until storm conditions have sufficiently subsided to ensure safe working conditions for utility crews. More information available here.
Preparation Measures by NCDOT:  Along the Outer Banks, crews are staging motor graders, excavators, bulldozers and front-end loaders in Buxton, Kitty Hawk, Ocracoke and Pea Island. NCDOT has more equipment ready to mobilize, if needed, as well as employees prepared to patrol N.C. 12 during and after the storm. More information available here.
NPS Park Closures:  The Outer Banks Group of the National Park Service has announced the following park closures that will affect Ocracoke starting at 12:00 p.m. Noon today: the NPS campground, NPS docks in Silver Lake, NPS visitors center and ORV office, as well as NPS lifeguard operations will close until further notice. All NPS beaches will be closed to off-road vehicles by 9:00 p.m. today until further notice. More information available here.
Ocracoke Independence Day Celebration:  The Ocracoke Independence Day celebration has been reschedule to Saturday, July 5th when the weather is expected to clear up.  More information: http://www.ocracokecurrent.com/
Next update from Hyde County Emergency Services is expected early afternoon Thursday July 3, 2014.
Categories: Outer Banks Blogs

From the NC DOT

Ocracoke Island Journal - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 10:38

(MANNS HARBOR) - Based on current forecasts for the arrival of Hurricane Arthur, the North Carolina Department of Transportation's Ferry Division will suspend operations on its Ocracoke-Hatteras ferry operation at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 3 to enable crews to secure boats and shelter in safe locations before the storm arrives."We urge everyone who is evacuating Ocracoke Island to get to the ferry terminal as soon as possible," said NC Ferry Division Director Ed Goodwin. " Safety is always our first priority, and by suspending operations after our 5 p.m. departure, we will get evacuees to Hatteras in time to drive off the island before the worst of the storm hits, while also allowing our ferry crews to keep themselves and our boats safe."In addition, the Ferry Division's routes between Ocracoke-Swan Quarter and Ocracoke-Cedar Island will suspend operations after their 4 p.m. departures. All routes will resume operations as soon as it is safe to do so.
Categories: Outer Banks Blogs

Update from NC DOT, Ferry Division

Ocracoke Island Journal - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 08:08
"There have been some erroneous reports on local radio about operations on our Ocracoke-Hatteras route. Just to be clear: WE ARE TAKING VEHICLE TRAFFIC FROM OCRACOKE TO HATTERAS. Repeat: WE ARE TAKING VEHICLE TRAFFIC."
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From NBCnew.com

Ocracoke Island Journal - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 05:59
"Arthur strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane early Thursday.... Arthur had registered maximum sustained winds of 75 mph and was about 190 miles south-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, the National Hurricane Center said at 4:50 a.m. ET....The National Hurricane Center predicted Arthur would swipe the coast early Friday with winds of up to 85 mph."
We have completed most of our preparations, but will be removing loose objects from porches and outside (including the clam baskets, etc. from the side of my outbuilding) today. My car is parked on a hill in my back yard.














Go to our Village Craftsmen Facebook page to see another photo.
Categories: Outer Banks Blogs

TROPICAL STORM ARTHUR ADVISORY #4

Ocracoke Island Journal - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 21:36
July 2, 2014 10:00 p.m.Arthur Approaches Hurricane Strength - Ocracoke Residents And Visitors Need To Prepare
Hyde County officials have declared a countywide state of emergency and a voluntary evacuation for Ocracoke Island that went into place today at 2:00 p.m. The National Weather Service has issued a hurricane warning for all of Hyde County and much of the Outer Banks in anticipation of Tropical Storm Arthur strengthening into a hurricane Thursday, July 3, 2014.    Recent data from the National Hurricane Center shows little change in the storm's track.  Sustained tropical storm force winds around 45 MPH are expected to affect Ocracoke between 10:00 p.m. Thursday and 8:00 a.m. Friday.  Peak sustained winds of 65 MPH are expected to occur around 2:00 a.m. Friday.  15-20 foot seas are expected with storm surge projections of 0-3 feet above ground.  Those that choose to stay on Ocracoke do so at their own risk and need to be well prepared for potential serious impacts of the storm.  County Manager Bill Rich sternly warns everyone on Ocracoke, "There could be loss of electricity, there could be restaurants closing, there could be cars flooding, and roads could be compromised; if you do not want to experience what could be, you should leave the Island."    There is no pre-equipped storm shelter on Ocracoke and people who choose to stay should be prepared to be self-supporting.  Hyde County officials ask all lodging establishments on Ocracoke take every effort to keep their clients out of harms way from 9:00 p.m. Thursday to 10:00 a.m. Friday morning. Go to ReadyNC.org for ideas on emergency supply kits and more information about hurricane preparedness. Please be alert, be prepared, and be smart!  For those leaving, the NC Ferry Division has amended their schedule to increase operations for Ocracoke. 24-hour service to Hatteras is available.  Dare County Emergency Management has announced a mandatory evacuation of Hatteras Island. All access south-bound on to Hatteras Island will be restricted to vendors as of 5:00 a.m. Thursday morning.  Regardless, if you leave Ocracoke on the Hatteras ferry you will be allowed to get off Hatteras Island.  Priority loading for the Hatteras ferry has been suspended for all departures from Ocracoke; priority loading for departures from Hatteras to Ocracoke is still in place. Go to NCDOT.gov/ferry for the most recent information.



Additional Information
Preparation Measures by Tideland EMC:  Tideland is preparing for the storm by sending additional resources to Ocracoke. Tideland has no plans to shut power off in advance of the storm and is prepared to run the Ocracoke generator in the event of a prolonged outage. However, the ability of the generator to power the island in an emergency situation will largely depend on electric load. Therefore, island residents will be asked to practice extreme conservation efforts if the generator is called into service. Power restoration activities do not begin until storm conditions have sufficiently subsided to ensure safe working conditions for utility crews. More information available here.
Preparation Measures by NCDOT:  Along the Outer Banks, crews are staging motor graders, excavators, bulldozers and front-end loaders in Buxton, Kitty Hawk, Ocracoke and Pea Island. NCDOT has more equipment ready to mobilize, if needed, as well as employees prepared to patrol N.C. 12 during and after the storm. More information available here.
NPS Park Closures:  The Outer Banks Group of the National Park Service has announced the following park closures that will affect Ocracoke starting at 12:00 p.m. Noon today: the NPS campground, NPS docks in Silver Lake, NPS visitors center and ORV office, as well as NPS lifeguard operations will close until further notice. All NPS beaches will be closed to off-road vehicles by 9:00 p.m. today until further notice. More information available here.
Ocracoke Independence Day Celebration:  The Ocracoke Independence Day celebration has been reschedule to Saturday, July 5th when the weather is expected to clear up.  More information: http://www.ocracokecurrent.com/
Next update from Hyde County Emergency Services is expected late Thursday morning July 3, 2014.
Categories: Outer Banks Blogs

TROPICAL STORM ARTHUR ADVISORY #3

Ocracoke Island Journal - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 13:30
July 2, 2014 12:30 p.m.Hyde County Announces Countywide State of Emergency And Voluntary Evacuation for Ocracoke Island 
Based on the most recent data from the National Hurricane Center, Hyde County officials have declared a countywide state of emergency as well as a voluntary evacuation for Ocracoke Island to take effect at 2:00 p.m. today July 2, 2014. 
A state of emergency helps Hyde County acquire state resources and assistance if necessary.  A state of emergency also temporarily suspends tolling for anyone leaving Ocracoke via Pamlico Sound ferries, thereby assisting voluntary evacuation measures. Currently there are no restrictions associated with this state of emergency. The NC Ferry Division will maintain their current schedule of operations for Ocracoke unless traffic demand dictates otherwise.  Go to NCDOT.gov/ferry for the current ferry schedule.
The most recent data from NOAA shows changes to the storm's composure. As of now Ocracoke is expected to encounter sustained winds of tropical storm force beginning between 9:00-10:00 p.m. on Thursday and subsiding by 10:00 am on Friday. The size of the storm is projected to constrict as it approaches the North Carolina coast.  The outer periphery of hurricane force winds will pass roughly 40 miles east of Ocracoke. Peak winds are expected around 1:00 a.m. Friday with sustained winds of 60 mph at that time.  Storm surge is still projected between 0-3 feet above ground.
Residents and visitors are asked to monitor weather reports and take necessary precautions. Go to ReadyNC.org for ideas on emergency supply kits and more information about hurricane preparedness.
Ocracoke Civic and Business has rescheduled activities for the Ocracoke Independence Day celebration to Saturday, July 5th when the weather is expected to clear up.  More information: http://www.ocracokecurrent.com
The Outer Banks Group of the National Park Service has announced the following park closures that will affect Ocracoke starting at 12:00 p.m. Noon today: the NPS campground, NPS docks in Silver Lake, NPS visitors center and ORV office, as well as NPS lifeguard operations will close until further notice. All NPS beaches will be closed to off-road vehicles by 9:00 p.m. today until further notice. More information available here.
Next update from Hyde County Emergency Services is expected around 9:00 p.m. tonight July 2, 2014.
Categories: Outer Banks Blogs

TROPICAL STORM ARTHUR ADVISORY # 2

Ocracoke Island Journal - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 13:00

July 2, 2014 10:00 a.m.Hurricane Watch Now In Effect For OBX
The National Weather Service has issued a hurricane watch for coastal North Carolina between Bogue Inlet and Oregon Inlet as well as the Pamlico Sound.  Tropical Storm Arthur is moving to the north around 6 MPH and is projected to strengthen into a hurricane by Thursday night as it approaches the Outer Banks. 
The most recent data from the National Hurricane Center shows a decrease in the diameter of the storm.  Locally tropical storm force winds are expected to affect Ocracoke Island between 12:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m. Friday morning July 4, 2014.  Hurricane force winds are expected during a narrow window early Friday morning.  Projected rainfall for the immediate coast is 3-4 inches and estimated storm surge is 0-3 feet above ground.
There is still uncertainty about the storm track and strength.  Hyde County officials are closely monitoring Arthur's progress in considering various plans of action.  Residents and visitors are asked to monitor weather reports and take necessary precautions.
Ocracoke Civic and Business is in the process of moving activities for 4th of July celebration to Saturday, July 5th when the weather is expected to clear up. More Info
The Outer Banks Group of the National Park Service has announced the following park closures that will affect Ocracoke starting at 12:00 p.m. noon today: the NPS campground, NPS docks in Silver Lake, NPS visitors center and ORV office, as well as NPS lifeguard operations will close until further notice. All NPS beaches will be closed to off-road vehicles by 9:00 p.m. today until further notice.More Info
Next update from Hyde County Emergency Services is expected at 12:00 p.m. Noon or earlier.
Categories: Outer Banks Blogs

TROPICAL STORM ARTHUR ADVISORY #1

Ocracoke Island Journal - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 12:37
July 1, 2014 6:50 p.m.Hyde County Monitoring Progress of Tropical Storm Arthur
The Hyde County Emergency Services Department is currently monitoring Tropical Storm Arthur's progress up the East Coast.  The latest weather forecast from NOAA's National Hurricane Center as of 5:00 p.m. today project Tropical Storm Arthur passing just east off the coast of Ocracoke early morning Friday, July 4, 2014.
Sustained tropical force winds are expected to affect Ocracoke Island around 1:00 a.m. Friday morning July 4, 2014 and lasting until early afternoon.  Hurricane force winds are a predicted possibility Friday morning between 5:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Total projected rainfall on Thursday July 3, 2014 and Friday July 4, 2014 is 2-3 inches.  Local storm surge estimates will become available as Arthur gets closer to North Carolina.
Emergency Services Director Justin Gibbs and County Manager Bill Rich will continue to be in constant contact with regional weather service officials, State Emergency Management, the Hyde County Commissioners, and local business owners regarding the storm's progress and potential impact to Hyde County. 
Please stay alert of further updates from Hyde County Public Information.
Categories: Outer Banks Blogs

Waiting...

Ocracoke Island Journal - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 05:44
...and preparing.

Although "Arthur" is still just a tropical storm, the system is expected to become a category 1 hurricane by the time it reaches the Outer Banks early Friday morning. Wind speeds by then are forecast to be around 85 miles per hour. However if the storm passes far enough offshore we may be spared the brunt of Arthur.

Nevertheless, we are getting ready for the first named storm of 2014, and will keep you posted as regularly as possible, either here on the Ocracoke Journal or on our Village Craftsmen Facebook page, as events unfold.

Understandably, July 4th events on the island have been canceled. Maybe they will be rescheduled for Saturday.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Ocracoke's Agnes Scott, direct descendant of Agnes Scott for whom the women's college in Decatur, Georgia is named. You can read the Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news062114.htm.
Categories: Outer Banks Blogs

Independence Day Celebration

Ocracoke Island Journal - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 04:49
If you will be on the island this Friday, be ready for the July 4th festivities: morning flag raising ceremony, sand sculpture contest,  village parade, old time square dance, stories, music, and more. The schedule of events is below. (Follow these directions to view a larger image: in Internet Explorer do a right click on the image, then "Open Link in New Tab," then left click on that image to enlarge. In Firefox, do a left click on the image, then a right click to "View Image." Then a left click on photo to enlarge.)




















Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Ocracoke's Agnes Scott, direct descendant of Agnes Scott for whom the women's college in Decatur, Georgia is named. You can read the Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news062114.htm.
Categories: Outer Banks Blogs

Rebecca Wallace

Ocracoke Island Journal - Sun, 06/29/2014 - 05:11
Ocracoke is a wonderful community, but it is not perfect...and never has been, of course. The following letter, written in 1811 about the situation on nearby Shell Castle island, illustrates the "humanness" of the folks who lived on these outer islands two hundred years ago. Shell Castle Island was owned by John Gray Blount and John Wallace. After John Wallace died in 1810, Solomon Joseph, one of the tenants, wrote to John Blount about Rebecca Wallace, widow of Shell Castle's "Governor."

Solomon M . Joseph to John Gray Blount
Shell Castle March 7 1811
Jn° G. Blount Esq r

Sir,

It seems the avaricious, and over grasping woman, who is daily pleading distress and poverty, and her lonely distress'd situation, will not leave me undisturbed, on this small piece of ground which I hold at so high a price, her conduct appears like she'd wish to have the rent, and the place, She being without the least feeling of gratitude to any person but herself, I have no doubt She must disturb you among the rest, as I discover by a Letter you sent down respecting a Small piece of ground I have for a garden; during Mr Wallaces life time he promised me the use of that piece of Garden rent free, which I told you and Mrs Wallace when you were here; which I can avow to you to be true, when I agreed with you for the present year, you never mention 'd any thing respecting the Garden, I took it for granted it was no object to you, as it is impossible to live here without Vegetables, It is only a power which Mrs Wallace wishes to monopolys, that others may humble to her for a few Greens, it is well Known that She has as much Garden Joining that of mine Exclusive of a piece as large as the whole of the pieces together, and does not improve that which she has, It is only Envy at seeing that little improved by Mrs Joseph, which is her only amusement in this little piece of garden, neither Mrs Wallace or Mr Bradey mention'd any thing about the garden untill a few days past, which was after Mrs Joseph has been at the trouble of Sewing Seed, and having the whole in order for the Spring and Summer, Yesterday Mrs Wallace call'd on Mrs Joseph and told her She could not think of her having the garden without pay as she was a poor women and had a Large family to Support, if She had the garden She could raise and Sell out of it, which would help in maintaining of her, why has She not done it before, and why does She not commence with what She has to cultivate, it is only Envy, there is no doubt Mrs Wallace has, and Knows how to take care of herself without the production of the Garden, However I do not wish to trouble you with any thing more of the Kind, this is the first, I only wish to have one Land lord and under your direction, do not let me be under the controul & Whims of any other person, as I have but a few months to occupy this place, and am wishfull to live in peace that Short time, I am willing to Satisfy you Mr Blount in any thing that is within reason, I shall be up at Washington in a Short time, I Expect you have not been inform 'd that no repairs has been made Excepting a little plastering round one Chimeny, and that only Two or three weeks past, I remain with respect — y r Ob  Ser  S. M. Joseph

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Ocracoke's Agnes Scott, direct descendant of Agnes Scott for whom the women's college in Decatur, Georgia is named. You can read the Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news062114.htm.
Categories: Outer Banks Blogs

Ocracoke School

Ocracoke Island Journal - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 04:36
In 1917 a new schoolhouse was built where the current building sits. This handsome new facility included six rooms, each with its own entrance to the outside. The school housed grades one through eight, and soon became a focal point for the community.















Eventually Ocracoke School added a high school program. The first graduating class was in 1931 when Russell Williams, Mable Fulcher, and Lucy Garrish finished the eleventh grade (the highest grade available at the time).

The present day schoolhouse opened its doors in the summer of 1971. More rooms and a modern gymnasium were added over the next decades.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Ocracoke's Agnes Scott, direct descendant of Agnes Scott for whom the women's college in Decatur, Georgia is named. You can read the Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news062114.htm.
Categories: Outer Banks Blogs

Consolidated Schoolhouse

Ocracoke Island Journal - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 04:52
In about 1900 James and Zilphia Howard sold a one acre tract of land to the trustees of "Ocracoke Lodge No. 194 Independent order of Odd Fellows" for use as a "Lodge room or such other purpose as they may deem proper." A two story wood frame building was built in 1901. It housed the Oddfellow's Lodge on the second floor. Soon after its construction two island schools (one located near the British Cemetery & the other in the vicinity of Albert Styron's Store) were consolidated and public school was held on the first floor. In Feb of 1911 B.G. O'Neal was paid $3.74 for taking a census of children on Ocracoke. 187 children of "white race" were recorded [we can be thankful that the state of North Carolina no longer officially sanctions racially segregated schools]. Today the former Lodge serves as the center section of "The Island Inn."

Odd Fellows Lodge & Schoolhouse, ca. 1900















This building served as the school until 1917, when a new schoolhouse was erected where the current school is located. Look for information about the 1917 schoolhouse soon.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Ocracoke's Agnes Scott, direct descendant of Agnes Scott for whom the women's college in Decatur, Georgia is named. You can read the Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news062114.htm.
Categories: Outer Banks Blogs

Fire on the Beach

Ocracoke Island Journal - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 05:14
Summertime is not just for spending the day at the beach. Sometimes it's for spending the evening at the beach as well. We had planned a Solstice bonfire, but postponed the get together until the next night because of thunderstorms. It was still light when Lou Ann took this photo, but we stayed out on the beach until 10 pm, roasting hot dogs and marshmallows.














The fire burned brightly as the sun sank below the horizon, and we sat around visiting and sharing stories.















If you are planning to have a fire on the beach be sure to get your permit from the Park Service. The rules are reasonable and not very restrictive. And a fire on the beach is a great way to enjoy Ocracoke at night.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Ocracoke's Agnes Scott, direct descendant of Agnes Scott for whom the women's college in Decatur, Georgia is named. You can read the Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news062114.htm.
Categories: Outer Banks Blogs

Methodist Minister Moves...

Ocracoke Island Journal - Wed, 06/25/2014 - 04:20
...and her husband takes a fence (not offence!).

For the past four years Laura Stern has served as pastor of the Ocracoke Methodist Church. She has served admirably...not only the church, but the entire Ocracoke village. Laura and her husband Andrew, and their three children, Gretchen, Nicholas, and Charlie, have been active members of the community, good friends, and wonderful neighbors. Laura was recently reassigned to a church in Raleigh, and they left the island Monday morning. 

On Saturday afternoon Andrew drove a large moving van down Lawton Lane as we were sitting on our front porch. When he turned onto Hwy 12 we heard a loud crunching noise, and the splintering of wood. Investigation revealed that Andrew had clipped our fence, split the post, broken several palings, and laid an eight foot section onto the ground!

Andrew Takes a Fence


















Of course, Andrew was mortified, but we assured him we could repair the fence, and he shouldn't fret about it. When Andrew told Laura she sighed and said, "Thank Goodness it was Philip's fence!" I took that as a compliment. She knew I wouldn't be upset. As Andrew said, it was a good wake-up call about the consequences of maneuvering a large truck...and at least it was just a fence, not a 2014 Mercedes on a street in Raleigh!

On Sunday night about 40 islanders gathered for a bonfire on the beach. It was a good opportunity for us to bid Laura, Andrew and their children farewell, and to wish them success and happiness in their new community.

Andrew & Laura













I am sure we will see the Sterns back on the island periodically. So that will give us ample opportunities to remind Andrew of his less-than-stellar truck driving abilities.

And, in less than a week we will be welcoming Ocracoke's new Methodist minister, Richard Bryant, and his family to Ocracoke. (Richard, if you are reading this, please drive carefully!)

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Ocracoke's Agnes Scott, direct descendant of Agnes Scott for whom the women's college in Decatur, Georgia is named. You can read the Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news062114.htm


Categories: Outer Banks Blogs

Camp Meeting, Part II

Ocracoke Island Journal - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 04:55
Yesterday I shared recollections of a Methodist preacher about his first camp meeting, a revival that commenced July 10, 1873 on Ocracoke Island, and lasted four days. Three services were held each day, and one each night. Rev. Nash says it was a "never-to-be-forgotten experience" and that "there were a number of preachers present."

An August, 1873 article in a Goldsboro, North Carolina newspaper, the Goldsboro Messenger, had this perspective on the Ocracoke revival: "At the recent camp meeting on Ocracoke Island, 3,000 persons and 10 ministers attended. Out of this crowd only 5 persons professed religion."

It seems as if the sons and daughters of buccaneers and renegades were slow to embrace holiness.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Ocracoke's Agnes Scott, direct descendant of Agnes Scott for whom the women's college in Decatur, Georgia is named. You can read the Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news062114.htm.
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