Tuesday, December 10, 2013


Yaupon holly (Ilex vomitoria) grows wild on Ocracoke Island. Many of our readers know that islanders have traditionally used the dried leaves to make tea.

From September through December female yaupon bushes (yes, there are male and female individuals) produce berries that turn red in time for the Christmas season.

Because of their combination of bright green leaves and scarlet berries many islanders use yaupon branches to decorate tables, mantels, and yule logs during the holidays.


Looking for holiday gifts? Village Craftsmen's on-line catalog is filled with quality American made hand crafts. Click on the photo below to visit our page of cast metal table art.


We suggest you place your orders as early as possible. Unfortunately, because of the closing of the Herbert C. Bonner bridge we are unable to offer expedited shipping this season.

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.


  1. Anonymous8:02 AM

    I was wondering...how was Blanche's birthday?

    1. I took the comments to Blanche on Sunday evening. She was very pleased with all the good wishes. Her nephew & family had brought her a cake. I will take the most recent comments to her later today (Tuesday).