My Ocracoke

My Ocracoke

My Ocracoke

At one time nearly every house on Ocracoke had a porch, or as islanders call it, a pizer (from the Italian piazza), where family and neighbors gathered in the evening to visit and share stories.

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Summering on Cottage Row

Summering on Cottage Row

It’s the first springlike day of March, and the Rascoe family and a few helpers are opening up their beach cottage at Nags Head, lifting the slats on the old wooden blinds to let the sun in on the heart pine walls and family heirlooms for the first time in months.

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In the Same Boat

In the Same Boat

In The Same Boat

The freshly restored Deepwater, a newcomer at the Manteo waterfront docks, was built on the Outer Banks during the midcentury lull, a time bookended by explosions of war and tourism. The wooden vessel was the first and last big boat that John Wilson Jr. ever made. Time has shown he did it right.

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Lonely Doll, Beautiful Island

Lonely Doll, Beautiful Island

Ocracoke in the Fifties is a book I picked up on a whim. The author’s name, Dare Wright, seemed familiar, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on why until I settled in to read the foreword. Wright, it turned out, was also the creator of a series of best-selling children’s books that began with The Lonely Doll in 1957.

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