Thursday, April 28, 2016

Stanley Wahab

From the January 30, 1984, issue of the Ocracoke Island News:

"Ocracoke has seen a lot of progress in the last decade. One person who has helped bring progress and modernization to the island was Stanley Wahab (1888-1967)

"In the late 1930s Stanley built the Wahab Village Hotel in hopes of bringing the tourist trade to Ocracoke.

"This hotel still stands today as Blackbeard's Lodge. Stanley used one wing of the Wahab Village as a roller skating rink. Another wing was converted into a movie theater."

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This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is Allie (Teenie) Scott's 1968 story of Simon Garrish, Jr. and the US Life-Saving horse, Sambo. You can read it by clicking here:


  1. Anonymous5:37 PM

    before he built the hotel was there much tourism on the island or did he just gamble that there could / would be?

    1. Stanley was making an educated guess about tourism. With that said, some level of "tourism" had developed on Ocracoke as early as the late 1700s! See my blog for November 19, 2012:

  2. Anonymous5:27 PM

    Philip, I went to your Nov 19, 2012 writing. interesting stuff. I then proceeded to read some of your other back writings..I have a goal. To read everyone of your entries. Thanks for having your old things still available.