I recently came across this image that documents the changes in the North Carolina barrier islands from White's 1585 map to Lewis' 1795 map. Ocracoke Inlet is the only inlet that has been open continuously since Europeans have been keeping records.
(Click on map to view a slightly larger image [I'm sorry I don't have a better image].)
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Ocracoke native Major General Ira Thomas Wyche. You can read the complete story here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news092110.htm.