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: http://ocracokevfd.org
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.