|1806 Map & Chart|
|School on Straight Road (Cape Lookout Seashore Collection)|
The last schoolhouse stands yet today, managed by the Cape Lookout National Seashore.
In 1894 Portsmouth school students numbered 75. In 1903 there were 52 students. The school population had declined to 24 by 1916. In 1942 there were only two students. When one of the students moved off the island in 1943 the school was closed. The last residents left the island in 1971.
This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is a chapter from Philip Howard's book, Digging up Uncle Evans, about the 1837 wreck of the Steamboat Home, one of the most horrific wrecks ever on the North Carolina coast. You can read it here: https://www.villagecraftsmen.com/the-1837-wreck-of-the-steamboat-home/.