Many thanks to Jim Fineman for sending me the following photos of the 2010 Portsmouth Island Homecoming. Established in 1753, Portsmouth was a prominent seaport on the Carolina coast, but steadily declined after the Civil War. The last residents, Marian Babb & Elma Dixon, left the island in 1971 shortly after Henry Pigott died. Today the island and the village are part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore.
Walking the sandy lanes, exploring the village, and visiting the abandoned buildings is a magical experience...whether you are one of only a handful of people on the island, or one of hundreds who return every two years for the Homecoming.
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The 1894 US Life Saving Station:
A View of the Methodist Church:
The Theodore & Annie Salter House (now the Visitors Center):
Molasses Creek Performing:
Miss Dot Salter Willis (oldest former resident of Portsmouth) & Friends:
The Lionel & Emma Gilgo House:
Life Saving Station Roof:
Jesse & Lillian Babb House:
Henry Pigott's House:
Another View of Henry's House:
Dinner on the Grounds (approximately 500 people attended the Homecoming):
Island Tidal Creek:
Portsmouth Methodist Church:
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter celebrates colorful islander Don Wood (1936-1998). You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news042610.htm.