Many a building on Ocracoke has been moved -- the Island Inn, Sorella's Pizza & Pasta (formerly the Ocracoke Pizza Co.), the old Assembly of God Church, Coyote Music Den, the Ocracoke Preservation Society Museum, the Ocracoke Oyster Company, Down Point Decoys, other businesses, and numerous private homes.
In her book, A Blessed Life, Della Gaskill (b. 1937) describes moving an island home many years ago:
"When my grandmama and my grandfather, Papa Cas [Richard Caswell Williams (1884-1959)] and Zilphia [Zilphia Gray Styron (1886-1966)], were going to get married, my grandfather built a house around the other side of the Island by what we call the Creek (Silver Lake Harbor.) The house was built around where Chris and Mabel Gaskill lived [near British Cemetery Road]. After my Papa built the house they were getting ready to get married and my grandmama told him that she weren't going around the Creek to live, so my grandfather had a boat, and he had to take that house down piece by piece and bring it around the shore side in back of my mama's house and bring it piece by piece down where the old home place stands now... I guess there probably were men that helped him take it down and move it by boat until they got it all down there where they built it on the land where it sits today, the old home place [near the Assembly of God church]."
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is Capt. Rob Temple's poem, "A Pirate's Christmas." You can read it hear: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news122116.htm