Monday, September 17, 2018

A Sigh of Relief

Ocracoke village was spared once again. Hurricane Florence made landfall far enough south of the Outer Banks that we only received tropical storm force winds and minimal flooding in the village. Nevertheless, there was significant overwash on the north end which covered Highway 12 with sand. It may be several days before that road is cleared.

Yesterday, at 7 am, the Swan Quarter ferry resumed operations bringing emergency personnel, essential personnel, and residents back to Ocracoke. We anticipate that visitors will be permitted back on the island soon. 

Long-time readers of this blog know that we have been an important source of storm-related coverage and photos for many years. However, it has become clear that in these times Facebook does a better job of reaching more people with more information more quickly. That is why we directed our readers to the Village Craftsmen Facebook page for up-to-date Hurricane Florence news. Some of our Facebook posts reached 10,000 to 30,000 people, while a typical blog post would only reach several hundred people.

We apologize to our readers who are not on Facebook, but I just didn't have the time or energy during the storm to post in both places.

On the other hand, this blog continues to be the place to post short articles about the history, culture, and traditions of this very special island community. In our posts later this week look for stories about Ocracoke and our community in 1932, then even more insights into island life in the weeks ahead. 

We look forward to sharing more...especially since there was so little damage from Florence, and the village will be back to normal in short order! We hope you will be visiting soon. 

Heartfelt thanks to all of our faithful readers who let us know you were thinking about us and wishing us shelter and protection from the storm. We appreciate you all!!


  1. We just read your entry on your facebook page. It seems you are more focused on the number of viewers. We like this blog page. It has a nice look to it. It doesn’t look like a generic facebook layout. It is clean and honest looking. Face book is more like ‘look at me, we are in color and a lot of comments. Nothing down home or sincere. We have been reading your blog for years and will continue as long as you have it. Your blog make us feel welcome. Facebook is like mass production, Myrtle Beach like. You blog is like a craftsman’s shop. Warm, inviting, personal, not crowded or pushy, not in your face. Part of the reason we visit Ocracoke is because of this blog site. Thanks for keeping this blog running. As we said, we will read it as long as you take the time to write it.

  2. Anonymous1:09 PM

    I wonder how the old buildings on Portsmouth made out...if there a caretaker/or park service that normally checks on the buildings. who's to know if any or all of the roofs caved in? we are just curious


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