I recently came across an old advertising brochure for Ocracoke. It must have been published in the late 1950s. It lists four fishing & hunting guides, three boats that offer transportation to the island, four general stores, a taxi service, a watchmaker, an appliance store, a repair shop, four hotels, and three tourist homes.
I think it's noteworthy that no gift shops or rental cottages are listed (there weren't any). Nor are there any restaurants, though the hotels and tourist homes offered meals.
Look for more details (in a future blog) about what Ocracoke had to offer a half century ago.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a small photo album with historic pictures, including the aftermath of the 1944 hurricane, the 1921 Ghost Ship of the Outer Banks, the 1935 wreck of the Nomis, the Island Inn, the Methodist Church, and the Wahab Village Hotel. I've added a short paragraph under each photo to help put them in historical perspective. You can see the pictures by clicking here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news082609.htm.