Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Portsmouth

I try to make at least one trip to Portsmouth Village every winter. This year I took my son and family (Stefen, Snee, Zoe, Eakin, & Eliza Howard). It was cool (in the 50s) with a few clouds earlier in the day...just perfect for enjoying a bug-free visit. Eakin took these photos.























Our current Ocracoke Newsletter is the seldom told story of the 1837 murder of Willis Williams by Jacob Gaskill. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news112114.htm.

8 comments:

  1. All the building are low on the ground. Does Portsmouth ever get tidal floods?

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    1. Indeed, Portsmouth gets tidal flooding. Look for a future post about this (with photo).

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  2. Anonymous7:57 AM

    Nice photos. Please pass compliments along to Eakin. It was a great trip!

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  3. Anonymous9:34 AM

    What's up with the boards on the church?

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    1. The last couple of hurricanes (Arthur was just this past July) caused some structural damage to the church, especially the bell tower/steeple. I understand repairs are scheduled sometime this year.

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  4. Anonymous9:55 AM

    According to the results of an internet search, some houses are leased and others are occupied by NPS personnel. PH is this grouping of structures the only Neighborhood" ? Is there information on a year on PI today? It is open seasonally to the public which begs the question what happens on the island when closed to the public?? Thanks.

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    1. At one time the NPS decided to offer 20 year leases on some of the houses, expecting that they would be maintained in exchange for use. As it turned out, the required maintenance was not sustained over two decades, and the lease program has been suspended (I believe only one house has a remaining lease).

      In the past there were other "communities" on Portsmouth, but I think no other structures remain in other areas except for isolated fishing and hunting shacks (if I am wrong about that, perhaps someone will correct me).

      Portsmouth is open to visitors year around. However, volunteers spend only summer months on the island. They open various buildings to the public then. In the winter, the buildings are generally closed.

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  5. Christopher Jones8:57 PM

    Nice pictures!

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