|Cattails on the Edge of a Wetland Near the Nature Trail|
I don't know how long cattails have been growing on Ocracoke Island, but I don't remember seeing any when I was a youngster. Cousin Blanche says there never were many on the island. She was about fourteen years old when she first saw cattails.
Blanche and several friends walked "Up Trent" to see a stand of cattails that had sprouted at the edge of a small wetland area. Islanders were cutting them to include in dry table arrangements. She speculates that perhaps seeds washed over here during a hurricane.
Today cattails can be seen at the edges of the marsh near Island Creek and elsewhere in the National Park.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is an account of the recent skirmishes islanders have had with North Carolina legislatures over the issue of ferry tolls...and a 1955 newspaper editorial advocating free, state-operated ferries across Hatteras Inlet. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news082113.htm.