Below is the reverse side of the 1950s era tourist map of Ocracoke village which I published yesterday.
I think the most interesting section is entitled "Ocracoke and Valley Forge." This is a snippet of history mostly overlooked in present-day promotions about Ocracoke.
The brochure reads: "It is a fancy -- one that history does not leave without support -- that Ocracoke helped George Washington win the Revolutionary War. This is because Ocracoke pilots helped make Ocracoke Inlet one of the few against which the British blockade was weak. Powder, shot, salt, and clothing slipped in through Ocracoke, was shipped by wagon north to Washington at Valley forge, thus helping materially to turn the tide of war against the British."
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Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a modern day ghost story, "Ode to Mrs. Godfrey," by guest columnist Tom McDonald. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news062111.htm.