Tuesday, May 07, 2013

War of 1812

Quite a few visitors to Ocracoke, and even many residents of the island, are unaware of the role Ocracoke played in the War of 1812.  I have published two Newsletter articles about this. You can read them here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news102112.htm and here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news051706.htm.

Jim Goodwin, creator of Village Craftsmen's "ships in bottles," recently completed a model of the Revenue Cutter Mercury which played a pivotal role in protecting North Carolina from invading British troops.

Revenue Cutter Mercury

Mercury Detail

Jim's model will be displayed in the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras. Be sure to stop in sometime. The museum is outstanding.

September of this year marks the 200th anniversary of the British blockade of Ocracoke Inlet, and the Mercury's role in thwarting British plans to invade New Bern. Look for a soon-to-be-erected official state highway marker commemorating the event.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of our island Post Office. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news042113.htm.


  1. Anonymous9:36 AM

    highway markers perhaps a better name or an upgrade. Implant the markers with an electronic device that will alert the approaching drivers to the looming metal post with data inscribed in a 19th century process. the solar powered signal could send the text on the plaque to a smart phone thus ensuring the car to stop and make a brass rubbing or capture a digital image of riders gathering around the taxpayer funded educational monument. Just a musing D. Downer

  2. Anonymous8:13 PM

    The model ships that Jim creates absolutely amaze me. Jim's tedious attention to every tiny historical detail makes me think he must have an endless amount of patience as well as a steady hand! What an incredible talent.

    Thanks for sharing, Philip. NC Mainlander always reading enjoys your blog & newsletter.

  3. Anonymous8:21 PM

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    1. That "Facegook" error has been on this site for months! I never noticed it, and no one else ever commented on it...but I fixed it moments ago. Thanks!

  4. Anonymous10:52 PM

    either facebook members are incredibly polite or there are no followers that read the page :(