Wednesday, May 06, 2009

An Ocracoke Story

Several Ocracokers have shared this story with me. Someplace I have written down who the participants were, but maybe it's just as well that I can't remember now who they were. Anyway, here's the story:

Years ago there were three Ocracoke men who were very good friends, two brothers and another man. They played poker often, and their get togethers always involved a large jug of homemade meal wine . Eventually one of them “got religion" and renounced strong drink. He convinced his brother and their friend to join him at a revival. At the church he got testifying, and claimed to have given “his heart to the Lord.” He shouted out that “Jesus is coming" and proclaimed in a loud voice that he was ready, no matter how the Lord chose to make his appearance. To emphasize his preparedness he bellowed out that he had “one foot on water, one foot on land, and one foot in the sea.” They say his brother got so tickled, he had to crawl out of the church.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a history of paved roads on Ocracoke. It may not sound very exciting, but there have been dramatic changes on the island because of the construction of paved roads a half century ago. You can read the newsletter, and see some rare photos here.

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  1. Anonymous5:36 AM

    Now if one has to explain a story well I guess it' s like if you laugh at Don Rickles you don't have a sense of humor-- really the man is not funny-- he is mean and insulting and gee when was the last time you saw him on tv entertaining the lowest common denominator? Sometimes you have to explain Don Rickles -- he is not funny and that is not what funny is. Now this story about the guy crawling out of church- is that the punch line? Is this to say most people develop religious epiphanies under the influence of a spirit? Be it man made in this case .I am confused or is this a morality play or a tongue firmly planted in the cheek sort of thing

  2. Anonymous6:36 AM

    I love your stories!! Keep em coming.

  3. Anonymous8:14 AM

    He's Back!

  4. No morality tongue in's just that most humans, including Ocracokers, only have two feet.