Monday, January 04, 2016

Back Again!

Well, after a short break, we are back...with more history of Ocracoke, insights into daily island life, vintage photos, stories, information about island culture & heritage, and more. We hope all of our readers enjoyed the Christmas holiday with family & friends, and are looking forward to a New Year filled with all good things.

The Dezzie Bragg House

Above is a 1942 photo of the Frederick and Dezzie Bragg House, which was built ca. 1900.

Today the Dezzie Bragg house is home to the island's delightful independent book store, Books to be Red and Deepwater Pottery.

This building is  contributing structure in the Ocracoke Historic District, and is one of a small number of 1-story double-pile pyramidal roofed houses with a front shed porch, interior corbelled chimney, wood shingle siding, and rear ell. It is located on School Road. Thomas Bragg (1797-1884) acquired this property in two separate transactions: one in 1827 and the other in 1830. He had a house on the property but it is believed that his grandson Frederick demolished the house to build this house about 1900. Dezzie Bragg (1876- 1955) inherited the property from her second husband Frederick Wilson Bragg (1876-1930). The house sits on a large lot with traditional landscaping.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Capt. Horatio Williams and his schooner, the Paragon. You can read the story here:


  1. Debbie Leonard8:06 AM

    Hope you had a nice holiday! I sure missed reading your blog every morning.

  2. Welcome back! You were missed... I hope your holiday was wonderful and look forward to your posts. Have a wonderful week!

  3. Thank you for the welcome back. Actually, I spent seven weeks, including Christmas and New Year's Eve, in Berlin. Berlin is a beautiful international city with so much to offer, but it is always good to come home to Ocracoke.