Friday, July 01, 2016

The Revolutionary War

Years ago I discovered an old magazine. The cover and other identifying information was gone, but it contained this paragraph:

"Less well known, perhaps, than the area's fishing appeal, is the fact that Ocracoke Inlet was vital to the armies of General George Washington during the Revolutionary War. Ocracoke Inlet seemed to the British to be too small and insignificant to require a blockade. The shoals were dangerous, and skillful pilots were needed to navigate the waters with safety. Ocracoke, through the help of the area's loyal patriots, became a great channel of supply for American troops."

As the authors of The Story of Ocracoke Island write, "The part played by Occacock Inlet in the Revolutionary War was vital indeed to the armies of General Washington."

The Story of Ocracoke Island includes six paragraphs about Ocracoke and the Revolutionary War, as well as 64 pages of island history, stories, and photos. It is a perfect introduction to island history.

This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is an article about one of the early July 4th Parades written by Alice Rondthaler in 1953. It is accompanied by vintage photos.You can read the Newsletter here:   


  1. Anonymous5:48 AM

    we just returned from Ocracoke. The old Coast Guard station should be opened to the public! This is a fine historical building that is not being utilized to it's full extent. It is a teachers retreat. NC being at the bottom of every list for qualified teachers and education in general should show that this 'retreat' is not working. Open it up! We went into the ocracoke museum, not a lot there BUT it's impact to visitors would be greatly enhanced if it were in the Coast Guard building! If your a bad teacher a retreat is not going to help you out even if someone else is footing the bill for the week.

    1. Anonymous3:17 PM

      Bad teachers make students realize they have bad teachers. Kids are not dumb. it is the "good " teachers that are the problem. The teachers that students really like because they look the other way.Nobody mentions poor Principal based management which allows this to occur .... If engaged parents are aware of issues and approach the matter delicately diplomatically better yet volunteer regularly to get to know the Other students to engage them along with their child then well What a wonderful world.... KUM By Yah son of gun we"ll have big Fun when you wish upon a star just a spoon ful of sugar super cal i fragilistic expealidocious if you know what I know sing it Dave Mason