Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Department

If you've been on the island this last week you may have noticed the clearing of land on Highway 12 (just to the left of the Flying Melon restaurant). Julia Hutcherson, owner of the Variety Store, generously donated this tract for the construction of a much needed new fire house.

The Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Department has embarked on a major campaign to raise the funds necessary to build the new fire house. On Saturday, May 23 (Memorial Day weekend) the Fire Department will be holding their fourth annual Fireman's Ball. Be sure to put the date on your calendar. There will be a pig pickin', auctions, and live music. I'll post more information as we get closer to the date. In the meanwhile you can read more about the history, activities, and needs of the Ocracoke Fire Department here:

As you might imagine, funding organizations on Ocracoke can be a challenge because of the small size of this community (only about 750 men, women, and children live year around in Ocracoke village). But the facilities need to be sufficient to serve a much larger summer community (including thousands of visitors, seasonally occupied vacation cottages, many more automobiles, boats, & airplanes).

Your support for the Ocraocke Fire Department is always appreciated. You can send your check to:

Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Department
PO Box 332
Ocracoke, NC 27960

In our latest Ocracoke Newsletter I share information about our many local cemeteries, with examples of some of our more interesting epitaphs. You can read it here.

To read about Philip's new book, Digging up Uncle Evans, History, Ghost Tales, & Stories from Ocracoke Island, please click here.


  1. Anonymous1:52 PM

    Perhaps all the people that own Rental Property/absentee landlords will donate generously.

  2. Anonymous5:26 PM

    Some $$ on the way, always willing to help out. Know they've wanted to add on for years, hadn't heard about new location, THANKS for news. Suggest everyone that "Loves" Ocracoke should send some $$, even $10.00 adds up after awhile!!!


  3. Anonymous7:40 AM

    I mailed my check today. The volunteers do a great job! I really like the bingo!

  4. Anonymous8:31 AM

    Everyone that visits this blog could send a donation and mention they read about it here. Then Maybe if someone suggests naming a fire engine or the Fire House Dog after someone befitting the Honor than So be it.

  5. Marcy Desulis11:03 AM

    I, too, would like to make a donation to the building of the fire department and will send a check soon. Stan and I enjoyed coming to Ocracoke often and know Stan would have wanted to do this. They need all of the help they can get, not just from permanent residents.
    Marcy Desulis