Thursday, April 20, 2017

Bus to Norfolk

The first bus service connecting Ocracoke island and points north, including Norfolk, Virginia, was established in the late 1930s or early 1940s. 

Van Henry O'Neal (right) and the Ocracoke Bus, ca. 1940

This is what Earl O'Neal writes in his book O'Neals of Ocracoke Island, their Ancestors and Descendants: "This bus was owned by Stanley Wahab to support his Wahab Village Hotel and other enterprises. It was operated by Van Henry O'Neal. Much of the time he picked people up at their homes, transported them to Hatteras Inlet Coast Guard Station [on the north end of Ocracoke], then carried the passengers on a small boat without the vehicle, to Oden's Dock in Cape Hatteras. From there you rode with the Midgetts, Anderson, Stockton or their dad to Manteo, NC, where they met the Trailways bus to Norfolk VA.... [T]here were no roads, only sand tracks, or if you were lucky and the tide was down, you got a smooth ride on the back of the beach along the edge of the ocean." 

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the Ocracoke Water Tank Caper. This is the link:  


  1. Anonymous8:40 AM

    Good ole days

  2. Anonymous8:50 AM

    In the 1970's, if I took the bus from Raleigh home to Hatteras, I got on a Trailways in Raleigh at 11pm, got to Norfork at 6Am, changed buses to Elizabeth City, changed buses again to Manteo, along the way picking up workers in Currituck County, in Nags Head dropping off these workers and newspapers. In Manteo, got into a van and headed to Hatteras dropping off mail along the way. Getting in Hatteras a 11AM