Wednesday, October 29, 2014


There is good news to share this week. Several years ago the Ocracoke Preservation Society received a bequest from the David and Geraldine Beveridge estate designated to help preserve an island structure. The Society used the money to purchase the Simon and Emma O'Neal house on Lighthouse Road.

The house was subsequently sold, with conservation easements, to a private buyer. He has received approval for the rehabilitation of this house to historic preservation standards, and work began just last week.

This building is a typical turn-of-the-twentieth-century island house, and is located across the street from the Assembly of God church.

We are delighted that OPS saved this house, and we are looking forward to seeing it fully restored and returned to occupancy. Take a look at the progress being made when you walk, bike, or drive down Lighthouse Road.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a 1910 article about waterfowl hunting. You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous7:17 AM

    So happy to see this work started!

  2. That is fantastic news!

  3. Debbie Leonard11:05 AM

    That is great news! I have looked at that house so many times wishing I had the time and money to do it....I'm so glad someone is and I look forward to seeing the work progress!

  4. Anonymous1:16 PM

    My husband will be very delighted that this house has sold. I stop to peek inside every summer and imagine 'what if...?". We have entered the college years now and will be here for a few glad this wonderful home has found a family to loving restore her.
    NJ Reader

  5. Kevin3:08 PM

    The NC General Assembly did not renew tax credits for historic preservation, so current credits will expire at the end of the year. How will that effect preservation efforts on Ocracoke?

    1. Yes, we are aware of this, but Federal credits are still available, and we are hoping the NC Assembly will recognize the value of tax credits and reinstate them. We are happy to see work on the O'Neal house commencing. Maybe it can be completed before the end of the year.

  6. Julie S.8:31 AM

    Hope you will show more photos as work progresses. I too "peeped in" and my mind immediately chose colors, moved walls, added lighting.....

  7. Anonymous10:55 AM

    Really happy this project is moving forward-like others here we always peeked in the windows while on strolls there. Yes, photos please SueM/Macomb IL