|Compliments of Brook Ashley|
Pictured on the stairs is Dare Wright (1914-2001), model, photographer, and author of popular mid-twentieth century children's books, including The Lonely Doll, and Holiday for Edith and the Bears (set on Ocracoke Island).
According to a 1975 clipping from the Coastland Times, "The wooden stairs inside the Ocracoke Island lighthouse were replaced [in 1950] with a steel spiral stairway at a cost of about $3,000." Indications of the original stairs are still visible on the inner wall of the lighthouse.
|Photo by Philip Howard|
For more information about Dare Wright and her books, including Ocracoke in the Fifties (edited by Brook Ashley and John Ogilvie), visit http://www.darewright.com.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is about islanders who worked on the water, and lost their lives at sea. You can read the Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news012116.htm.