Sometimes visitors to Ocracoke wonder how residents got from place to place before WWII, when the first paved roads came to the island. The lanes and footpaths were often deep, soft sand. Usually islanders simply walked, although a few automobiles were brought to the village in the 1920s. As you might imagine, the cars frequently got bogged down. This photo below is of my Uncle Evans in a two-wheeled pony cart. This is the only type of horse drawn vehicle I've ever known to be used on Ocracoke.
Pony carts were employed when freight was unloaded from incoming vessels, and whenever other heavy loads needed to be carried from one area of the village to another. Sometimes, as it appears in this photo, pony carts were used for recreation. It looks like Evans might be on his way to meet a young lady.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a 1921 letter written by a former
slave, Harrison Williams, to Ocracoke native, Martha Ann Howard Wahab.
You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news112113.htm.