Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Bragg-Howard House

This photo shows my house, the Bragg-Howard House, as it looked in the early 1930s. This house is identified by the green arrow on the 1939 chart I posted on November 11.

You can read about the 2004/2005 rehabilitation of the house here.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a brief history of the Soundfront Inn, one of the oldest structures on the island. You can read it here:


  1. Vicke P.6:59 AM

    Philip, I went to the link re: the restoration of your house. Is the rocker on the front porch the one given to your grandfather by a sea captain?

    1. Vicke, no the two rockers on my porch are just basic porch rockers.

  2. Bear MacDonald10:39 AM

    Philip, going through the photos of the restoration, I noticed that some features were painted an odd shade of purple. It reminded me of a small town I discovered on Maryland's Lower Eastern Shore (Bivalve, MD.?). All the houses, about ten, were painted in similar tones of purple, blue, pink, orange, etc... The effect is so ugly that it is quaintly appealing. There is also a house in Ocracoke between Howard St. and Rt. 12 painted in the same shade of purple.
    Was it ever common on Ocracoke or any where else on the Eastern Seaboard to paint homes in this fashion? Of coarse Charleston, SC and Savanna, GA are known for their distinctive use of exterior home colors, but those are much more subtle tones and the use of oxen blood was used to obtain the soft tone of pink.

    1. Bear, the "odd shade of purple" was nothing more than a former tenant's taste in color.

      On another note, I noticed that several of the photos did not display. I am not sure why. If I figure it out I will reload them.