Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Elizabeth Parsons

Elizabeth Williams Parsons was born and raised on Ocracoke Island. Some of our readers will remember her late husband, Roy Parsons, who played regularly in the Wednesday evening Opry shows at Deepwater Theater. Many years ago Elizabeth started a small business "down point" near the lighthouse. She calls her gift shop "Pamlico Gifts" and stocks it with a variety of items, including her own hand assembled shell wreaths and her original oil paintings.

Elizabeth Parsons Village Painting

Elizabeth is a self-taught folk artist who specializes in scenes of the Ocracoke she remembers from growing up on the island. She often includes depictions of the early post office, old general stores, the mailboat Aleta, and island churches. Be sure to visit Elizabeth when you are on the island. And tell her Philip sent you! While you are at it, stop across the street and purchase some of Della Williams Gaskill's jams and preserves (Della is Elizabeth's sister). You will be glad you did. Elizabeth and Della will give you a genuine Ocracoke Island experience.

You can also click on the photo above (or here: to purchase Elizabeth Parsons' paintings from Village Craftsmen. 100% of the purchase price goes to Elizabeth.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Project Nutmeg, and how Ocracoke almost became a site for testing nuclear weapons. You can read it here:


  1. Elizabeth washed and folded my clothes for me when I lived nearby with old Charlie Williams one summer. I remember Roy well and say hello to Della too. God Bless Ocracoke!

  2. Marty, stop by and say hello when you are on the island!

  3. My husband liked to stop just to talk with Elizabeth.

  4. Anonymous5:00 PM

    is this artist 10 years old?

  5. claramadonnagilbert9:01 PM

    guess 'anonymous" never heard of primitive art,folk art or Grandma Moses?

  6. Anonymous7:12 AM

    thanks for sharing.

  7. I'm looking for art by Elnora Hamilton. I have one painting and would love to know where I can purchase more. Thanks


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