Friday, June 19, 2015


In the mid-1950s Ruth and Latrobe Carroll spent several months living on Ocracoke. They were fascinated by the village & her people, but especially by the many cats on the island. Together they wrote and illustrated a children's book, Digby the Only Dog.

Digby is a loveable dog who makes friends with every animal, especially every cat, and person on the island.. He is the island's only dog, but when other dogs are brought to Ocracoke, they expect him to chase cats. Digby refuses, and earns the respect of the dogs, who agree to never chase a cat again.

Ruth Carroll illustrated the book with delightful images that captured the spirit of Ocracoke 60 years ago.

Illustration from Digby the Only Dog

Although much on Ocracoke has changed since the 1950s, much remains the same, as you can see from the photo of my grandson, Lachlan, below.

I hope you can find a copy of Digby. It is a wonderful children's book!

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is Part II of Crystal Canterbury's account of her first visit to Portsmouth Island. You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous9:27 AM

    Does the annual Pick up Litter program still exist? Do more and more people participate? A popular writer living in the UK speaks to his "obsession" with picking up the trash in his new home country, David Sedaris has a trash lorry named after him -- he is so dedicated and funny! PS I went back to your early postings and one of the first topics you introduced readers to was the OI litter pick up campaign,

    1. I started the annual litter pickup back in the mid-1970s, but others have taken it over in recent years. Just this spring I realized that I hadn't heard about one this year. Now it may be fall before we can get one organized. Thanks for the reminder!