Monday, December 04, 2017

Christmas House Tour

On Saturday the Ocracoke Preservation Society sponsored their annual Holiday Homes Tour. Two local businesses (Over the Moon and Island Artworks) and four residences were featured.

Residences included the Amasa Fulcher House (built in 1904), the former Methodist Episcopal Church, North, Parsonage (built 1928), the Elisha Ballance House (built 1908), and the Della & William Scarborough House (built ca. 1912).

All of the houses were originally "story and a jump" houses.  These one-and-a-half story cottages with a central staircase were popular on Ocracoke from the mid-1800s through the early twentieth century. All of the houses on the tour had been been modified with later additions or modern conveniences. For example, a second story was added to the Amasa Fulcher house soon after it was built, and dormers were added to the parsonage after a fire several years ago.  Nevertheless, much of their original character of these homes has been maintained, as you can see from the photos below.

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 comment:

  1. Anonymous7:50 AM

    Holiday House tours. People willing to open the house up to welcome visitors, to some is a monumental undertaking, I hope it was a fundraiser for some worthy group. Perhaps the decorated tree was an artificial tree otherwise, how many fresh tree stands pop up on the OI each year? Or, do people bring trees home via the ferry? How much does the OI population drop during the off-season?? Merry Christmas.