Thursday, January 24, 2013


Visitors to Ocracoke often ask if there were ever any American Indian settlements on the island. To date no one has ever located evidence of a village here. But a few artifacts have been found over the years. Many years ago I picked up a Native American pipe bowl along the shore of Pamlico Sound, and I know of at least two arrowheads that were found on the ocean beach (for a photo of one see

On Sunday I was walking along the beach at the NPS campground and spied a bright object right at the water's edge. As soon as I picked it up I realized it was a quartz arrowhead. The tip was broken off, and much of the detail was worn away, but it is clearly an arrowhead. It was originally about 2" long.

Quartz Arrowhead Found January, 2013

Keep your eyes open. There's no telling what treasures you might find on Ocracoke's beach!

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of windmills on Ocracoke. You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous2:18 AM

    yup. that is a broken arrow. weird it come from?

  2. Anonymous2:21 AM

    On the topic of wind energy windmills why so many NIMBY on OBX?

  3. Debbie Leonard4:02 PM

    I have read in the past that Native Americans hunted/fished on Ocracoke.

  4. Anonymous1:30 PM