Every two years the "Friends of Portsmouth Island" sponsors a homecoming across the inlet. This year the event takes place this coming Saturday, April 24. Portsmouth Island lies just south of Ocracoke and has been abandoned for about 35 years. The National Park Service now manages the entire island, including the village.
There will be "open houses" at the post office (where you can get a one-day-only Portsmouth stamp cancellation), Methodist church, schoolhouse, US Life Saving Station, and selected homes. Volunteers will also offer porch talks & demonstrations (quilting, boat building, net mending, and decoy carving), and new exhibits at the Visitors Center will be officially opened. This year's theme is "Celebrating the Life of Portsmouth Village."
Two hymn sings are scheduled at the church, as well as a potluck dinner on the grounds.
Portsmouth is accessible only by boat. More information about the Homecoming, including transportation across the inlet, is available at the Friends of Portsmouth Island web site: http://www.friendsofportsmouthisland.org/homecoming.htm
This is a wonderful event that highlights one of the most unique villages on the Outer Banks. If you are on Ocracoke this coming Saturday, make arrangements to join the festivities across the inlet. You'll be glad you did!
This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is about "Ocracats" and was written by Pat Garber. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news031710.htm.