Readers Jack and Toni commented on Friday's post. They had followed the link to view a number of Greg Pawelski's vintage Ocracoke Island photos. They were particularly interested in the Berkley Manor. The Manor was one of several structures built by Sam Jones in the 1950s (see my biography of Sam at http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news012111.htm for more information). Sam also built Berkley Castle which is now operated as a Bed & Breakfast.
All of Sam's buildings were of a similar architectural style, an idiosyncratic "Colonial Revival
distinctive shingled towers and numerous dormers." One Hatterasman visited Ocracoke soon after Sam had finished most of his buildings and remarked that "Sam Jones has shingled Ocracoke!"
Mary Ruth Dickson is Sam's granddaughter. Her father, Charlie Jones, died recently, and Mary Ruth has been sharing her father's photo collection. The photo below was taken while Berkley Castle was still under construction.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a video of Philip Howard telling the story of the 1861 wreck of the Black Squall. You can watch it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news032113.htm.