It's for more than just picking up your mail. You can get things done there -- if you just happen to run into the right person. Maybe you need to borrow a 3/4" drill. Who knows....Jason might be in the lobby and you can ask him. Or maybe a friend's daughter is hoping to move to the island next summer...and that neighbor with a spare room just walked in to check her mail.
It's a good idea to check the bulletin board while you're there. You can read about building permits that have been applied for, copy down an email address if you want to voice your concern about off-shore oil drilling, or check to see if anyone has found your lost bike. Need a ride to Norfolk? Want to share news about politicians in Swan Quarter? Have a boat for sale? Post it at the Post Office. Birth announcements, wedding invitations, addresses of folks in the hospital in Elizabeth City --- all this and more is to be found on the Post Office bulletin board.
And an historical note: On this date in 1840 the Outer Banks got it's first Post Office, on Ocracoke. The postmaster was William Hatton Howard.
[Our current monthly Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the Old Toothbrush Man, published August 01, 2005. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news080105.htm.]