Stories help bind a community together. And Ocracoke has always thrived on stories. The following quotation is included in Ann Ehringhaus' book, Ocracoke Portrait:
"I've heard some stories a hundred times at least, and there are some stories that are repeated every three or four weeks on the docks -- what so-and-so said at such-and-such a time. Some stories seem like they happened yesterday and I know that these people were dead before I was born." -- Al Scarborough.
Here is another one: "When you first move here, you hear somebody talking about something. They speak of it as if it was yesterday and it happened fifty years ago." -- Norman Miller
This month's Ocracoke Newsletter relates the story of the prohibition-era rum runner Messenger of Peace that brought much pleasure to the residents of Portsmouth. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news062115.htm.