About a year ago Tommy Drake brought by a notebook of Ocracoke photos, newspaper articles, and other documents that he thought I would be interested in seeing. Tommy is a direct descendant of Gary Bragg, prominent island citizen of years gone by.
Among the items in the notebook was an early tourist map of Ocracoke village. I thought our readers would enjoy seeing how different Ocracoke was in the mid-1950s. Click on the photo below to see a larger image.Notice that the present-day NC Hwy 12 is not paved past where the Pirate's Chest Gift Shop is located today.
The British Cemetery Road and Loop Road were not paved either...and the area of the Oyster Creek development was simply marshland. There were only three hotels on the island, and all of the small stores sold groceries and general merchandise for the local trade. Not a single business catered primarily to tourists.
Ocracoke will never be like this again...but the map brings back fond memories of a magical place more than a half century ago.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is "Ode to Mrs. Godfrey," a modern day ghost tale told by guest columnist Tom McDonald. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news062111.htm.