Saturday, August 23, 2014


From the Newbern [NC] Daily Progress, December 20, 1862:

"Stove in Church -- For the first time in the history of Portsmouth [Portsmouth Island, NC], a stove was made use of Dec. 7th, for warming the church, having been placed therein by Dr. Loren H. Pease, so that the Islanders and Hospital inmates can now safely attend religious services in winter, as well as other seasons of the year. Verily this has well been styled 'an age of progress,' and there are many incidental advantages growing out of the war."

I am not aware of any photographs of the original Portsmouth Island church. It was destroyed in the 1899 hurricane. The photos below are of the second and third churches built on Portsmouth.

Portsmouth Church, 1900-1913
Cape Lookout National Seashore

Portsmouth Church, Present Day

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of late 19th century steamship traffic to Ocracoke, and the large Victorian hotel that accommodated the guests. You can read the article here:

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