Sunday, February 20, 2011

Ocracoke in the Revolutionary War

Here is another quotation about Ocracoke from the magazine I mentioned a week and a half ago:

"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."

It is always interesting to be reminded of the role this tiny island and it's inhabitants played in some of the defining moments of our nation's history.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Sam Jones, Island Legend. You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous11:17 AM

    An outstanding bit of historical information to be shared and learned of this President's day holiday weekend. Stimulate the economy buy something a pair of boots perhaps, cowboy boots or a pair of leather soles for boot scooting line dancing. Live a little you may save 15%!!

  2. Anonymous2:21 PM

    Sometimes, Philip, the smallest are the mightiest! I think this saying applies to Ocracoke Island. It seems the hardy residents and/or the location of the island itself has been a blessing to many folks throughout history in one way or another.

  3. Anonymous1:26 PM

    Does this article mention any family names?

  4. This article does not mention any family names. However I have another article (written in the 1950's) that is quite long about the Outer Banks (especially Ocracoke Inlet) & the Revolutionary War, and it does mention a few family names. I will do some more research and share that information later, perhaps in a monthly newsletter.

  5. Anonymous9:24 AM

    Will look forward to it.