Last week my cousin Becky and her family were visiting the island. Becky was born in the old kitchen that stood behind my house (it deteriorated and collapsed in the 1960s). Her visit reminded me of my summers on Ocracoke in the 1940s, before my grandparents had running water or a bathroom in the house.
Each bedroom had a washstand with a pitcher and a bowl.
We bathed (only on Saturday night!) in a galvanized wash tub in the detached kitchen, and used the outhouse or chamber pots.
I often wonder what my grandmama would think if she could come back to visit her house today -- now fitted out with running hot & cold water, two indoor bathrooms, central heat and air conditioning, a washing machine, and Internet access.
Our most recent Ocracoke Newsletter is a compilation of humorous stories told by or about islanders. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news092113.htm.