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Ocracoke in Hyde County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Late 19th Century Cistern

 
 
Late 19th Century Cistern Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, September 20, 2021
1. Late 19th Century Cistern Marker
Inscription.  Cisterns have traditionally been used on Ocracoke to collect rainwater runoff from island homes. Before public water was introduced in 1977, they were the only source of fresh water for drinking and household use on the island. wooden gutters directed the water from the roof to the opening at the top. This cistern was built in the 1880s by William Warren Williams for his house on Lighthouse Road. Fred Garst orchestrated and financed its move to the museum in 2006.

Donated by Lydia Spencer
In memory of Milon and Nina Williams
 
Erected by Ocracoke Preservation Society Museum.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Man-Made Features. A significant historical year for this entry is 1977.
 
Location. 35° 7.001′ N, 75° 59.084′ W. Marker is in Ocracoke, North Carolina, in Hyde County. Marker is at the intersection of NPS Road and Water Plant Road, on the left when traveling north on NPS Road. Marker located on the grounds of the Ocracoke Preservation Society Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 49 Water Plant Rd, Ocracoke NC 27960, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are
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within walking distance of this marker. Welcome to Ocracoke… (here, next to this marker); Ocracoke Windmills (here, next to this marker); Ship's Rudder (a few steps from this marker); The Blanche (a few steps from this marker); Ocracoke’s Commercial Fishing Heritage (a few steps from this marker); USRC Mercury (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lt. Robert Maynard (about 300 feet away); Harboring Change (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ocracoke.
 
Late 19th Century Cistern Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, September 20, 2021
2. Late 19th Century Cistern Marker
Late 19th Century Cistern Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, September 20, 2021
3. Late 19th Century Cistern Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 10, 2022. It was originally submitted on December 10, 2022, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 138 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 10, 2022, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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