Most of the rocks on Ocracoke came from 18th & 19th century sailing ships. They were used as ballast on vessels from England or from other colonies that came through Ocracoke Inlet. Before loading their holds with North Carolina goods the crews cast the ballast stones overboard, or tossed them onto the shore.
|Ocracoke Island Ballast Stone|
|Five Ballast Stones in Another Yard|
This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is a photo gallery of past July 4th parade photos. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news062113.htm.