Thursday, January 13, 2011

Cold Season

It's cold season on the island. Lots of folks have been coming down with nasty head and chest colds that just won't go away. Once, about 30 years ago, chicken pox entered the school and only about one kid escaped without getting it. On a small island like this, it's hard to avoid what's in the air!

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a history of the early twentieth century Doxsee Clam Factory in Ocracoke village. You can read it here:


  1. Trisha9:10 AM

    Yep, I caught a cold while on Ocracoke over the holidays. But it's more than worth the trip to the island!

  2. Anonymous9:59 AM

    What are some of the "old island remedies" for winter ailments, Philip? I'm sure the hardy folks on Ocracoke have some interesting remedies! Please share!

    Hope all will feel better soon!

  3. Anonymous1:39 PM

    In the air?? the prevailing winds don't help if people don't wash their hands, use hand sanitizer, or stay home from work when ill; if they prepare foodstuffs for customers---- but an apple a day keeps the doctor away and cranberry juice ( no sugar added) has bacteria cavity protection according to some studies. an once of prevention is worth a pound of cure--- according to ben franklin

  4. Ah, the cold season is everywhere. A friend of mine, who has been visiting, had a cold for over two weeks with a nasty cough. Our remedy? Whiskey with honey...or just whiskey!

  5. Anonymous5:12 PM

    My late father-in-law from the Belhaven area believed in the same remedy. Apparently, it worked!

    Hope the colds and nasty coughs will end soon. Guess it is just that time of the year....

  6. Re. old island remedies -- I think I'll take this as a challenge and compile as many as I can for a future monthly Ocracoke Newsletter. Look for it sometime in March or April.

    Lou Ann -- Did the whiskey and honey work? Maybe I'll try that myself. To use the local vernacular, I'm doasted right (for more about this term see my post for Friday, August 07, 2009).

  7. Anonymous8:09 AM

    Philip, I'm so excited you are going to research my request about old-timey Ocracoke Island remedies for various ailments! I will look forward to seeing your article in the newsletter. Much obliged!