I was reviewing some notes yesterday and realized that I neglected an important historical anniversary two days ago. It was on October 9, 1837 that Ocracoke was a major player in one of the greatest sea disasters in the history of the North Carolina coast, the wreck of the steamboat "Home."
For those of you who have been on one of our "Down Point" Ghost & History Walks you may remember this gripping story. Ninety lives were lost in the raging winds and waves of "Racer's Storm." Walter Howard documented the story in 1952, and I have published his article in our Ocracoke Newsletter. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news100104.htm.
Our current monthly Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the Old August Storm of 1899, published September 15, 2005. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news091505.htm.