The history of our ponies (they are actually small horses) is somewhat obscure, but they almost certainly arrived on the island with 16th century explorers, early settlers, and/or as survivors of shipwrecks.
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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: https://www.villagecraftsmen.com/description-occacock-1795/.