I let yesterday pass without mention of it's local significance. On July 30, two hundred and forty nine years ago, William Howard purchased Ocracoke Island. He was the last person to own the entire island, and the first of the colonial owners to make his home on Ocracoke. In 1759 there was only a handful of people (a few maritime pilots and their families) living here in "Pilot Town" (several acres of public land set aside for their use). Today, of course, Ocracoke is a small, but thriving, coastal community with a rich history and a strong connection to the pilots, seafarers, fishermen, and others who shaped and defined our heritage.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is Lou Ann's account of installing an old-fashioned pitcher pump. You can read it here.