Last week Lou Ann interviewed Della Gaskill for an Ocracoke Preservation Society "Porch Talk." Della operates a small gift shop on her property next to the Assembly of God Church. She was born on Ocracoke in 1937, and she has many stories to tell about "Growing up on Ocracoke Island" (that's the subtitle of her memoir, A Blessed Life).
Della's book is full of fascinating local lore, island history,
first-hand stories, and vintage photos. Chapter titles include
"Hotcakes, Turtle Stew and Other Recipes for Love," "World War II Comes
to Ocracoke," "The Storm of '44 and Other Storms at Ocracoke," "School
Days," "The Ocracoke Ponies," "Figs, Figs and More Figs," and much more.
Look for Della at her shop on Lighthouse Road, and take home a copy of her book for a glimpse into island life more than a half century ago. A Blessed Life is available from Della, at Village Craftsmen, and at other island businesses.
month's Ocracoke Newsletter tells the delightful story of the 19th
century "Stovepipe Hat" wreck. It has been told for years in books
& magazines, but it probably never happened. You can read the
story (and my research) here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news072115.htm.