Wednesday, November 29, 2017


Until the middle of the 20th century Ocracoke was one of the most isolated communities in the nation. The initiation of ferry service to the island in 1950 ushered in the modern age, and with it a growing tourist presence. Many of those early visitors to Ocracoke were interested in contributing time, labor, or supplies to island churches and other organizations.

The following Ocracoke "Personal" announcement in the Coastland Times, September 24, 1954, is typical:

"Through the kindness of 3 summer visitors, the Ocracoke Teenage Club received some interesting games. There were sent to Rev. Robert L. Vickery, Jr. by Harry Pendleton, Aaron Kravitz and Louis Snyder, all from Boston, Mass., who visited Mr. & Mrs. Jim Williams this summer. Included in the games were two sets of table tennis, one miniature golf set, one badminton set, chess, checkers, dominoes, puzzles, maps and other games."

I wonder if any of the Pendleton, Kravitz or Snyder family still visit Ocracoke. If so, maybe they would post a comment. 

This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is my analysis of a sentence penned by surveyor Jonathan Price in 1795. The sentence reads, "Occacock was heretofore, and still retains the name of, an island. It is now a peninsula; a heap of sand having gradually filled up the space which divided it from the bank."  You can read my analysis here:


  1. Anonymous11:11 AM

    Does the Ocracoke Teenage Club still exist? When it existed, did they keep records? Did they send thank you notes; did the Church archives document the gift and thank you notes sent????? You assume relatives may read this blog....And they Should!!!!

    1. The Teenage Club no longer exists. Since contributions to the Teenage Club were sent 63 years ago I can't tell you anything about thank you notes!