Saturday, April 18, 2009

Old Photos

Last week when I was visiting Blanche she brought out several old photo albums, and graciously allowed me to borrow them and scan a number of pictures. Some days later I was visiting with Ward and Linda, and they set up their slide projector and screen. We spent an hour looking at old pictures taken by Harry Osman and Linda's daddy, Frank. Linda and Ward are having the slides digitalized, but it takes many hours to accomplish.

I chose one of Blanche's photos to share today. This is a shot of Frazier Peele's ferry landing at Ocracoke about 1951. Very often he could not get any closer to the shore so he would just put the ramp down, and passengers would have to drive through the salt water to dry land. From Hatteras Inlet it was 14 miles of driving on the hard beach, then across the Plains (tidal flats from the campground to the airport), into the village.

(Click on photo to see a larger image.)

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. Anonymous6:32 PM

    Since April is Poetry Month I will share with you my Poem

    The Ferry

    The ferry you will ride
    on the very next tide
    to a place that is great
    make no mistake to return
    the following year
    to see again the Scotch bonnets on the shore

  2. Anonymous9:45 AM

    Great Photo!

  3. Anonymous9:19 AM

    What an awesome picture. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Anonymous8:35 AM

    Another web site about OI featured more photos. I was struck by the upkeep of the cemetery. Are those weeds or do you suppose a favorite shrub not in bloom is what I see?

    Since the cemeteries are considered a feature of the island are they kept spooky or neatly trimmed?

  5. What is the URL of the other Ocracoke Island web site?