Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Final Entries from the 1950s Brochure

Sales & Service:
  • "Jake's" surf fishing & taxi service, channel bass specialist
  • I.S. Garrish Watchmaker -- If your watch gets into salt water, put & keep in fresh water; and bring to me.
  • Ocracoke Appliance Co. -- PD Williams, Mgr.: Radios, Refrigerators, Bottled Gas, Sales & Service, Stoves.
  • Robinson's Repair Shop -- Auto & Marine Repairs, Gas and Diesel, Welding & Brazing (Elec & Acty); Wharfage.
That's all folks!

The times they sure have changed. Back in the 1950s no one would have guessed that shops on Ocracoke would be selling pottery, blown glass, and metal sculptures. Or that we'd have hundreds of rental cottages, gourmet restaurants, regular ferry service, and paved roads!

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a reprint of an article Philip wrote about sailing aboard the historic two-masted schooner, Mary E. It was originally published in the Washington Post in 1976. You can read it here:


  1. A friend and I came to Ocracoke in July 1975 and camped out in the teeth of Tropical Storm Amy. I remember the Island being a pretty sleepy place even then -- even though we didn't sleep too well when our tent blew over in the middle of the night.

  2. Anonymous10:24 AM

    Phillip - are you on the Ocracoke Land Use Committee? if not do you know who is now?

  3. I am not on the Land Use Committee. Gene Ballance, our county commissioner, should know who the current members are.