Tuesday, April 17, 2012


Islands just beg for treasure hunters. Tales of seafarers, shipwreck survivors, and pirates lure adventurers to isolated shores. Ocracoke is no exception. Every once in a while someone finds a treasure. -- an Indian pipe bowl, a colonial buckle, an arrowhead, a piece of eight. Many of these artifacts have been donated to the Ocracoke Preservation Society.

In 1996 Julie Howard found an 1850 One Cent piece in Howard Street (I had just graded the road a few weeks earlier). That coin is pictured on the left in the two photos below.

In 1993 she found the other coin (we are not able to identify it, but we think it might be a large copper penny) on the beach just north of the Pony Pen.



Keep your eyes open. Who knows, you might be the latest lucky person to find a piece of Ocracoke history.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the Rondthalers of Ocracoke Island. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news032112.htm.


  1. Do you get many people with metal detectors on the island?

  2. Pat, I believe metal detectors are illegal in the Park...and the rest of the island is privately owned, so folks with metal detectors should ask permission to use them in the village.

  3. Anonymous9:21 PM

    Wow, am I to understand the public beaches of the coast of the OI are not really public beach. The entire coastline the beach is all national Park area. No public access to the beach exits -therefore no metal detector use on national park lands because all the shore is off limits because it is federal property. But if the public beach were public and not designated as state or national park property why are not members of the public allowed to use a metal detector on the beach

  4. The Ocracoke beach is public. The NPS just doesn't allow people to use metal detectors on its property.