....Yesterday. That's right, on July 30, 1759 William Howard, Sr. purchased Ocracoke Island for 105 Pounds Sterling.
Earlier this summer a friend and I were talking about an altercation that occurred on one of the docks. On hearing the word "mailboat" another friend remarked, "That happened at least fifty years ago, didn't it!" He was right. He added, "Only on Ocracoke can you hear people talking about things that happened fifty, one hundred, or more years ago, and they act like it just happened yesterday!"
Well, William Howard, Sr. didn't live yesterday, but I'm happy he bought the island when he did.
You can read our latest newsletter here. It's about Ocracoke Islanders and "tokens of death."