Monday, November 16, 2015

OPS Old House Award

Almost every year since 1989 the Ocracoke Preservation Society has recognized an individual, family, or business that owns a contributing structure in the Ocracoke Historic District, and who has maintained and preserved those architectural features that allowed the structure to be originally identified for placement in the Historic District.

This year, at the Society's fall membership meeting on November 10, the Old House Award was presented to Trudy and Wayne Clark for their recent historic rehabilitation of the Felix & Sue Fleig House on Live Oak Road.

Although this modest, hip-roofed house with a corner recessed porch was built in the 1950s, a century later than many other structures in the Historic District, it is representative of island homes built shortly before the significant changes following the era of modern tourism ushered in by the introduction of state-operated ferries in 1957 and the paving of NC Highway 12.

The restoration project was carried out by island resident, Tom Pahl, of Landmark Building & Design, according to North Carolina State Preservation Standards.

Congratulations to Trudy and Wayne Clark, and to Tom Pahl, for their commitment to historic preservation...and to a fine job of rehabilitation.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the Wreck of the Banana Boat. You can read it here:   


  1. Anonymous9:53 AM

    modern tourism ushered in by the introduction of ferries in 1957--- Now to me a vacation is often time spent getting away from it all. The Ferries allowed for easier venues of mass transportation for travelers. Post 1957, did OI see an increase in building permits? Did 1958 see land speculators purchasing tracts of land waiting for the best time to sell. Was there a growth management plan in place to guide wise decisions in the development of residential areas vs condos for tourists? I have seen the glossy real estate magazines listing the rental properties available throughout the coast . PH does the population triple during the tourism season?

    1. To be sure, there are more people on the island in the "season," but I do not have numbers. And, who do you count? People on the island at 2 o'clock on a mid-week afternoon (the busiest days because of "day-trippers")? Or only folks spending the night in a motel or cottage? Every new service or infrastructure (ferries, paved roads, bridges, electricity, municipal water, etc.) brought more opportunities for development. Ocracoke does have a development ordinance.

    2. Anonymous1:31 PM

      In regards to who do you count -- I suppose the department of tourism for North carolina has a formula a model, projections, sales tax information, waste water usage data, occupied housing unit data, hotel room usage statistics, ferry passenger counts, gallons of gasoline sold, fishing license totals, They probably not only rely on a head count but an analysis of various data points to determine the economic impact of a tourist season.

  2. Anonymous5:56 PM

    nice house. I like it.