Friday, January 16, 2015

Marty Harris

About 25 years ago a young man from Statesville, NC wandered onto Ocracoke Island, and like so many others, remained here for a while. He secured housing, found work, and stayed long enough to befriend a number of locals.

Unlike most, he arrived on foot. Marty Harris had walked across North Carolina carrying about 75 pounds of equipment (including clothes, a sleeping bag, a small tent, and his camera). Along the way Marty documented his trek with photographs. It was always his goal to publish a book of his pictures.

Finally, after a quarter of a century, that book is a reality.
What The Road Passes By: A Photographic Collection of People and Places in North Carolina was published August 15, 2014. The photographs are stunning, and capture the essence of people and places from the mountains to the coast of the Tarheel state.

An article was recently published about Marty and his book in his hometown paper. You can read it here:

What the Road Passes By is available at local bookstores and on Amazon. If you love North Carolina, you might want to get one for yourself or for friends.

Our current Ocracoke Newsletter is the seldom told story of the 1837 murder of Willis Williams by Jacob Gaskill. You can read it here:


  1. Julie S.8:20 AM

    Philip what do most Ocracokers think of the possibility of a "passenger only" ferry to Ocracoke?

    1. As with most issues, there are mixed opinions about passenger ferries, but I think, generally, islanders are open to seeing how well they would work. Some people have pointed out the importance of not neglecting the car ferry channels (and the ferry division understands that). And questions have been raised about parking on Hatteras (that seems to be resolved) and transportation in Ocracoke village (the County is working on that). Of course, there are other issues, but most people are hoping they can be addressed satisfactorily.