- Electrification of Ocracoke Village in 1938
- Paving of the first roads in 1942, then again in the early 1950s
- Establishment of ferry service in 1950
- Various other developments including telephone service, a municipal water system, and internet access.
In the nineteenth century well-to-do North Carolinians ventured to Ocracoke aboard steamships. They stayed at the large Victorian hotel in the village.
|The Ponzer, or Ponder, Hotel ca. 1890|
After the hotel burned down in 1900 hunters and anglers continued to visit Ocracoke Island, especially in the fall and winter months. Eventually many of them brought their families to the island in the summer. By the mid-twentieth century a tourist economy was well on its way to becoming the predominant economic force on Ocracoke.
This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is about Old Christmas in Rodanthe. You can read it here: https://www.villagecraftsmen.com/old-christmas-rodanthe/.