Ken McAlpine is a writer who lives in California. In the fall of 2004 he visited Ocracoke as he was traveling up the East Coast. Ken was collecting stories for his first book, Off Season, Discovering America on Winter's Shore. Chapter 8, "The World According to O'cockers," tells of his time on the island. If you haven't read it, I suggest you go to your local bookstore or your library and get a copy.
Ken has never forgotten the palpable sense of community he discovered on Ocracoke. In a recent on-line article he recounts his experience at an island Thanksgiving weekend concert a decade ago. You can read his article here: http://www.kcet.org/updaily/socal_focus/commentary/west-is-eden/my-town-your-town-our-towns-community-lives-in-america.html.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter documents the day telephones came to the island. The article includes
images of Ocracoke's first telephone directory which lists a total of
63 subscribers. You can read the Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news022114.htm.