A Journal of Island History & Culture
The Skipjack Wilma Lee is sponsored by Ocracoke Alive?Ocracoke Alive helped collect the funds needed to repair the ship damaged during Hurricane Arthur when it was moored at the NPS docks(according to the website). Unfortunately, the website does not go into any detail as to what was done and the costs involved. Also, one also discovers that the Ocrafolk School is still in "hibernation" was there a lack of interest in folks signing up to attend classes? Perhaps these questions put you in an awkward position but How alive is Ocracoke Alive??????????
The Wilma Lee is owned by Ocracoke Alive. I am not a member of the organization's board, and I do not know how much the repairs cost, but I understand it was significant. This is not an official statement, of course, but I think the repairs were paid for by a combination of insurance money, grants, and donations. The boom was replaced, and also the sails (I understand they needed to be replaced anyway). Repairs were made to the rub rail and the stem, and the hull and bottom were re-painted. Ocracoke Alive is quite alive. The organization sponsors the Ocrafolk Festival, the musical "A Tale of Blackbeard," and various school and community art and music performances, as well as the Wilma Lee. The Ocrafolk School may not be continued because island organizers don't always have the necessary energy so soon after a busy and sometimes hectic summer tourist season. I hope this helps. If you would like more information, you can contact Ocracoke Alive.
Ocracoke Alive needs a grant writer and needs to start thinking out if the box. Stop calling it arts education and rebrand it as a STEM Science and design how nature designs evolves etc . Don't you know say art and state legislatures roll their eyes
Is jacking up the house so that they can work on the underneath? Or is it going to be raised up a few feet? Thanks for showing how how the renovation is coming along!NJ Reader
The house was raised to help keep it safe from flooding during storms and hurricanes. This also allows better flood insurance rates.
Thank you, Philip.NJ Reader
I believe the photo of the house was taken while it was up on the lift having its oil changed. It has since been lowered back to the ground where renovations have resumed once more.
Is that the house is being moved to First Ave. soon?
No, it is not. I will post some photos when that house is moved.
Is this the house that was being sold by the Foundation? SueM/Macomb IL
This house was purchased by Ocracoke Preservation Society with money received from a personal bequest. It was sold with preservation easements attached, and is to be rehabilitated to historic preservation standards.
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