Sunday, November 10, 2013

Old Ocracoke Photos

Be sure to come out to Deepwater Theater (an earlier version of this post mistakenly said the Community Center) on Tuesday evening (Nov. 12) at 6 o'clock for the fall membership meeting & potluck dinner of the Ocracoke Preservation Society.

This past year OPS received grants to purchase equipment and hire personnel to digitize vintage photographs in the museum's collections.

On Tuesday, after dinner and a brief meeting, the staff of OPS will present a Power Point presentation of many of these old pictures, like the one here of Aliph Howard, Enoch Howard, and Mary Howard, taken in the 1950s. 

If you have Ocracoke photos in your personal collection, contact OPS. They want to protect, preserve, and digitize as many old photos as possible. They will return your original images along with the digital files...and two other digital files will be retained by OPS (one at the museum, and another as backup in the "cloud"). 

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a brief history of the Soundfront Inn, one of the oldest structures on the island. You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous10:18 AM

    Grant money, now that sounds easier then it truly is. One needs to write a grant which is no simple task. Then this grant proposal needs to convince the committee that it is worthy and the project will be true to the nature of the organization. I was just on line the other day and viewed scanned images of old postcards from the 1870s or so. The University of Florida PK Younge library collection had me wondering about the buildings back then. So many appeared ramshackle and unpainted. Now in many of the images PH has shared with us the structures are well built. No doubt these were shipbuilders and carpenters .... in the heart of Florida in the scrub, farmers, eking out an existence, used what was a available to them. the sea was not at there door step offering sustenance each day . People migrated to Florida over the years looking for a pot of gold. W. Disney knew if you built it they will come. A right to work state we are still eking out an existence. If you are a captain of industry, eking --not so much .

  2. Anonymous10:06 AM

    Am I correct that Aliph was your grandmother? Who are Enoch and Mary? Do you have a chart or diagram showing the entire Howard family tree? In the OPS series depicting island families, I would certainly like to see as much of the Howard bloodline as the walls would accommodate.

    1. Yes, Aliph was my grandmother. Enoch (James Enoch) was my uncle, and Mary was his wife. Ocracoke Preservation Society probably still has copies of Earl O'Neal's 275 page book, "Howards, Garrishes, Jacksons & Stowes of Ocracoke Island, North Carolina, Their ancestors and Descendants."

    2. Anonymous1:36 PM

      What was Mary's maiden name? Thanks.