“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Ocracoke, North Carolina

Clickable Map of Carteret County, North Carolina and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Carteret County, NC (80) Craven County, NC (60) Hyde County, NC (22) Jones County, NC (1) Onslow County, NC (20) Pamlico County, NC (2)  CarteretCounty(80) Carteret County (80)  CravenCounty(60) Craven County (60)  HydeCounty(22) Hyde County (22)  JonesCounty(1) Jones County (1)  OnslowCounty(20) Onslow County (20)  PamlicoCounty(2) Pamlico County (2)
Beaufort is the county seat for Carteret County
Ocracoke is in Carteret County
      Carteret County (80)  
      Craven County (60)  
      Hyde County (22)  
      Jones County (1)  
      Onslow County (20)  
      Pamlico County (2)  
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1 North Carolina, Carteret County, Ocracoke — Exploring PortsmouthCape Lookout National Seashore
Believe it or not, Portsmouth, the small, now-deserted village on this remote island, was once a bustling seaport. North Carolina's colonial legislature chartered Portsmouth in 1733 to serve coastal trade, and for more than two years it was one of . . . Map (db m177229) HM
2 North Carolina, Carteret County, Ocracoke — Methodist ChurchCape Lookout National Seashore
Completed in 1915 this church was the spiritual and communal center of the island, and like the villagers themselves it weathered many storms. As you enter the building notice that it tilts slightly to the right. The hurricane of 1944 left it this . . . Map (db m177424) HM
3 North Carolina, Carteret County, Ocracoke — Through These DoorsCape Lookout National Seashore
In the 1900s this building served as general store and post office. Portsmouth villagers called it the "new" store because it was the latest in a series of stores serving the community. At one time in the 1860s there were five. This store was built . . . Map (db m177276) HM
4 North Carolina, Hyde County, Ocracoke — A Light for Ocracoke Inlet
The first lighthouse at Ocracoke Inlet was the 1798 Shellcastle Rock lighthouse located on an island in the inlet. In such a location—defenseless against storms, tides, and winds—the lighthouse was often inoperative when needed most. . . . Map (db m114469) HM
5 North Carolina, Hyde County, Ocracoke — British Cemetery - HMT Bedfordshire
These gravesites contain the bodies of four British seamen. Their ship, the armed trawler HMS Bedfordshire, was on loan to our Navy by Great Britain to help protect our shores during the early days of World War II. On May 11, 1942 the . . . Map (db m38781) HM
6 North Carolina, Hyde County, Ocracoke — Fort Ocracoke
(front) Fort Ocracoke The remnants of Fort Ocracoke are submerged in Ocracoke Inlet, 2 miles to the west – southwest, toward Portsmouth Inlet. The last of possibly four forts on Beacon Island, the mostly earthen Fort Ocracoke was . . . Map (db m191345) HM WM
7 North Carolina, Hyde County, Ocracoke — Harboring Change — Cape Hatteras National Seashore —
In the spring of 1942, German U-boats prowled the ocean off the Outer Banks and sank freighters at will. By June, they had sunk 397 merchant vessels and the area earned the name “Torpedo Junction”. In October, the US Navy responded by building a . . . Map (db m191344) HM
8 North Carolina, Hyde County, Ocracoke — Journey to the original Down East… — Outer Banks National Scenic Byway —
Technically part of the mainland, Down East is a larger peninsula made of several smaller peninsulas. Down East communities were once settlements that emerged on the high ground between marches. Small bridges spanning creeks still define . . . Map (db m212218) HM
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9 North Carolina, Hyde County, Ocracoke — B-35 — Lake Company
Josiah Collins, Sr., and partners drained part of 100,000-acre tract near Lake Phelps with 6-mile canal, completed 1788; mouth 2 mi. southeast.Map (db m11404) HM
10 North Carolina, Hyde County, Ocracoke — Late 19th Century Cistern
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 . . . Map (db m212220) HM
11 North Carolina, Hyde County, Ocracoke — B-43 — Lt. Robert Maynard
Of the Royal Navy. Sent by Gov. Spotswood of Virginia, in the sloop "Ranger," killed the pirate Blackbeard off shore, 1718.Map (db m29963) HM
12 North Carolina, Hyde County, Ocracoke — B-55 — Ocracoke Lighthouse
Oldest N. C. lighthouse still in service. Erected 1823 to serve Ocracoke Inlet trade. 75 ft. tall. Located 4/10 mile S. W.Map (db m114471) HM
13 North Carolina, Hyde County, Ocracoke — Ocracoke Windmills
In the 1800s Ocracoke had several working windmills. This stone came from the mill located near the entrance to Silver Lake, a area still known today as Windmill Point. Donated by Paul and Irene Mosher.Map (db m212863) HM
14 North Carolina, Hyde County, Ocracoke — Ocracoke’s Commercial Fishing Heritage
Ocracoke has been a fishing community since prehistoric times, when Croatan Indians fished these waters with hand-woven nets, or weirs, and speared fish out of wooden canoes. They gathered clams ad oysters in the tidal flats, trapped diamondback . . . Map (db m212860) HM
15 North Carolina, Hyde County, Ocracoke — Ship's Rudder
This solid oak ship's rudder was found in July 1997 at the South Point of Ocracoke. National Park Service personnel and state officials documented and stabilized the artifact. Identity of the ship is unknown, but it is believed to be from the . . . Map (db m212864) HM
16 North Carolina, Hyde County, Ocracoke — Teach's Hole
Favorite anchorage of Edward Teach, alias Blackbeard.” Located in Pamlico Sound just off Springer's PointMap (db m162776) HM
17 North Carolina, Hyde County, Ocracoke — The BlancheA Traditional 1934 Ocracoke Fishing Boat — Donated by James Barrie Gaskill —
The Blanche is a traditional Ocracoke deadrise fishing boat, built in 1934 for Stacy Howard ad named for his daughter, Blanche Howard Jolliff. Master boat-builder Tom Neal began the work, and it was finished by Homer Howard, who added a rounded . . . Map (db m212861) HM
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18 North Carolina, Hyde County, Ocracoke — U.S. Navy Beach Jumpers - Amphibious Forces, U.S. Navy Monument — Hyde County Heritage Trail —
[western face:] U.S. Navy Beach Jumpers Loop Shack Hill Advanced Amphibious Training Base, Ocracoke (AATB) December 1943 to January 1946 In December 1943, the U.S. Navy Section Base became the Advanced Amphibious Training . . . Map (db m29973) HM
19 North Carolina, Hyde County, Ocracoke — B-70 — USRC Mercury
U.S. Revenue Cutter in War of 1812. Patrolled Ocracoke Inlet. Escaped British ships offshore, 1813, to deliver warning of threat to New Bern.Map (db m67238) HM
20 North Carolina, Hyde County, Ocracoke — Welcome to Ocracoke… — Outer Banks National Scenic Byway —
Ocracoke Inlet is the only North Carolina inlet that has remained open since European contact. During the colonial period it was the primary gateway for goods transported between the mainland, England and other colonies. Because of its . . . Map (db m191346) HM
21 North Carolina, Hyde County, Ocracoke — Welcome to picturesque Ocracoke Island… — Outer Banks National Scenic Byway —
Ocracoke is an overwhelming step back in time, a mix of old traditions and community spirit infused with a steady flow of visitors from around the world. No community loves a good story more than Ocracoke, and locals can tell a tale with great . . . Map (db m212919) HM
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May. 29, 2023