I recently came across this 1955 photo of Portsmouth Island native, Henry Pigott (1896-1971), from the Mike Riddick Photo Collection. Henry poled his skiff out into Pamlico Sound every day to meet the mailboat. He retrieved mail and passengers, and gave the captain out-going mail and a list of items Portsmouth Islanders wished to have from Ocracoke.
When Henry Pigott died, the other two residents of Portsmouth moved off the island.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter
is about the Unionist North Carolina State Government established at
Hatteras in 1861. You can read all about it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news092114.htm.