Last week a reader asked about the Ocracoke post office. In April, 2013, I published a Newsletter about Ocracoke Island post offices. Below is a summary of that article, with photos:
On August 21, 1840 the first post office on the Outer Banks of North Carolina was established on Ocracoke Island. For the next sixty years the post office was located in successive
postmasters’ homes or in one of the village’s general stores. This is a photo of Abner Bennett Howard's general store and post office. It was located where Captain's Landing Motel is today.
On October 21, 1902 postmaster Thomas Wallace (“Mr. Tommy”) Howard
built the first of Ocracoke’s four dedicated post office buildings. It was situated across the road from Abner Bennett's store, between the entrance to Howard Street and the Silver Lake Motel.
When Mr. Tommy retired in 1941 his
future daughter-in-law, Elizabeth O’Neal, was appointed
Ocracoke’s postmaster. Elizabeth moved her operation across the sandy footpath from Mr.
post office building to the old store which her father had purchased. The original post office boxes had never been removed.
In 1952, after the old store and post office had been severely damaged
in the 1944 hurricane, postmaster Elizabeth O’Neal Howard (Mr. Tommy's daughter-in-law), and her
husband Wahab Howard, had a new, 18’ X 24’, 432 square foot
post office built on their property near the old store. The new post
office had 150 lock boxes. The building has since been moved. Down Point Decoys is located on that property today, just a few feet south of where the post office stood.
In 1964 a new brick post office with 1000 square feet of interior space and 464 lock boxes was constructed. Today it houses Captain's Cargo gift shop.
Ocracoke's current post office was relocated to NC Hwy 12 in 2000. Today, the 3,000 square foot Ocracoke post office building, with 1256 lock boxes, serves nearly 1000 year around residents and businesses as well as numerous summer visitors.
You can view more photos, and read more about Ocracoke's post office at https://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news042113.htm or https://www.ocracokenavigator.com/old-post-office/.
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.