Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Ocracoke School, 1875

Ocracoke had two schoolhouses prior to the Civil War. They were both destroyed when Union forces invaded the island. At least one private school was opened in 1868. Twelve students were enrolled. The school fee was "One Dollar per Lunar Month."

In 1875 a "free school" was started. Forty-six students were listed on the register. All of the students were born between 1860 and 1869, making them between 6 and 15 years old. John S. McWilliams was listed as teacher.

Today, Ocracoke School provides instruction for about 150 students in grades Pre-K - 12. Teachers and staff number 32.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the Rondthalers of Ocracoke Island. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news032112.htm.


  1. Anonymous8:53 PM

    I know not all the teachers can be natives, and that teaching, especially for young teachers, is not that well-paid. Where do teachers find affordable housing with most rents seemingly set at tourist rates?

  2. There is a limited amount of affordable housing for year-round residents. Islanders will often pay attention to the needs of teachers and other public servants. With that said, affordable housing can be an issue on Ocracoke.