Saturday, September 19, 2009

Still More from the 1950s Brochure


WAHAB VILLAGE HOTEL -- on beach [this is now Blackbeard's the 1950s the "bald beach" extended to the front of the hotel]; 60 persons; daily rates: single $2.75, double $4; weekly rate: single $15, double $21.50. Meals: B. 75 cents, Dr. $1.50. (lunch not served), weekly: $13.50. Write C F Boyette, Mgr.

SILVER LAKE INN [now the Island Inn] -- harbor shore; daily: single $2.50, double $4; weekly single $15, double $21.50; meals in Coffee Shoppe; furnished suites w kitchenette, gas, el. refrig; daily $6 up, wky $30 up; Myra E Wahab, Secy.

SOUND FRONT INN (THE OLD GARY BRAGG PLACE) on the Sound; 20 people; rms w private bath; dining rm & screened porches; fishing & hunting guides; fishing pier; beach parties; children's wading beach. Write for rates.

BEACHCOMBER'S CLUB -- 10 miles fr hotels, directly on Pamlico Sound, 5 minutes walk fr Atlantic Ocean; quiet; hunting, fishing; club house, guest houses, sleep 15; w meals $6 per day; guides $25; Write Myra E Wahab Secy.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a small photo album with historic pictures, including the aftermath of the 1944 hurricane, the 1921 Ghost Ship of the Outer Banks, the 1935 wreck of the Nomis, the Island Inn, the Methodist Church, and the Wahab Village Hotel. I've added a short paragraph under each photo to help put them in historical perspective. You can see the pictures by clicking here:


  1. Debbie Leonard7:58 AM

    Philip, I'm really interested in how Blackbeard's Lodge could have been on the beach. Did the beach come from the ocean or sound side? Has the land been filled in?

    Thanks for your blog; this is very interesting!

  2. Anonymous1:32 PM

    I find it very interesting that the sole manner of contact was a letter mailed. Everyone back in the 1950s was content to write a letter and wait patiently for a reply . Nowadays everyone wants instant feed back ARRRG had to fit that in it is talk like a pirate day ahoy there mates yo ho ho and a bottle of rum

    where was I of yes Next thing you know Phillip will be twittering

  3. Debbie, look for my answer to your question on tomorrow's blog.

    And...oh yes...remember to talk like a pirate, you scurvy dogs!