Thursday, June 22, 2017

Pamlico Tavern

In January I shared several photos from the 1980s. Recently my neighbor, Al, showed me this advertising poster for the Pamlico Inn and Pamlico Tavern. It was in a stack of Ocracoke clippings from the '80s.

This establishment must have been short-lived (or Al and I are losing our memories; maybe both), but neither of us remembers this restaurant. Do any of our readers recollect this place. The poster indicates it was located on Highway 12...maybe where Gaffer's is today??

Please leave a comment if you can enlighten us.

This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is a recording of Rex O'Neal telling about the time he fell overboard when he was gigging for flounder. The story was recorded for Coastal Voices, an oral history project about the maritime heritage of the Outer Banks and Down East region of coastal North Carolina. Click here to listen to Rex telling his story:


  1. Anonymous8:18 AM

    Perhaps the local newspaper archives can help. Does anyone have an old telephone directory, city directory from that time period, the online records from the tax assessors office may have a "paper" trail of the property location in question. What a concept free pizza-- not all pizza is good pizza plus this was the 1980s the decade of crappy frozen pizza. Actually I don't eat frozen pizza, I bake it in the oven first.

  2. Anonymous9:15 AM


    Ronnie Howard senior went into the former Marias Pizza( of course the building was the original Howard's Pub), I believe in 1992. In 1991 he sold the current pub location to Buffy and Anne. Took a year to travel, came back to Ocracoke and worked a deal with Mary Gary and opened The Pamlico.

    Bob Touhey

  3. Anonymous9:56 AM

    Who is Anne, Buffy and Mary Gary. Ronnie Howard Senior, wait--- related to Ron Howard of Andy of Mayberry RFD-- Hollywood movie producer/director??? who cares about free pizza- frozen or made from scratch. LOL

  4. Bob, thanks for the history lesson.

    Anon. 9:56, look for a future blog post about the complete, and complicated, history of Howard's Pub, including Ron Howard (of Ocracoke), Anne, Buffy, Mary Garey, and a host of other characters!

  5. Anonymous5:23 PM

    Bob Touhey? is this the same Bob Touhey that bought the Island Inn from Foy in the 80's?? I stayed there once or twice a month throughout the 80's. Driving 275 miles each way to get there. Great times there. The island inn was at it's peak then as far as we were concerned. Sad, it is dead now. But, it this is the same Bob Touhey, than we thank you for the great condition you kept the motel in. S.M.

  6. Anonymous6:43 AM

    Yes,I remember Bob Touhey as well, good person. I am glad to hear he is doing well. Thanks for all the good conversations Bob. The Arnolds.


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