Friday, January 20, 2017

January Newsletter

Ellen Marie Fulcher Cloud (March 14, 1940 ~ December 3, 2016), 76, died Saturday, December 3, 2016, at Carteret Health Care in Morehead City, NC. Ellen Marie was a native of Ocracoke, the daughter of Mary Lillian Jackson and Elmo Murray Fulcher (originally from Harkers Island, NC). Elmo, along with George F. O'Neal, ran the iconic mailboat Aleta between Ocracoke and Atlantic, NC, for many years.

Ellen Marie Fulcher
Courtesy Ocracoke Observer

Ellen Marie devoted many years of her life working to preserve the heritage and culture of Ocracoke Island and Portsmouth Village. She was the author of several books, including Ocracoke Lighthouse.

In Chapter 6 of her book, Ellen Marie recounts a personal lighthouse story, "The Great Window Heist." Several years before her death, she granted me permission to republish this story, hoping it would be an inspiration to others working in the area of historical preservation. As a tribute to Ellen Marie and her tireless work sharing Ocracoke culture and history with others, we have published the story as our current monthly Newsletter. You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous10:09 AM

    That is outrageous that a federal contractor would fail to comply with the stipulations of the contract. The cloak of anonymity that veils this individual is equally revolting. Hopefully a newspaper article detailed the shenanigans back then.