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Ocracoke Island

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Ocracoke is a census-designated place (CDP) and unincorporated town located at the southern end of Ocracoke Island, located entirely within Hyde County, North Carolina. The population was 948 as of the 2010 Census.

Ocracoke , NC 27960
Open to the public: Yes

Lat: 35.1103026
Lon: -75.96374129999998

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Demographic Rank: 5
History: 1
Stories: 0
Claims: 9
Evidence: 0
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The Outer Banks area was occasionally visited by Algonquian-speaking Native Americans, but was never permanently settled. Ocracoke, then called Wokokkon, was used as a subsistence hunting and fishing ground for the Hatterask Indians. Yaupon Tea or Black Drink, made from the dried leaves of the indigenous yaupon, a native holly, was used ceremonially by the Native Americans in the area. A small village on Hatteras Island is said to have had forty fighting men. The area was first described in detail by Giovanni da Verrazzano, an Italian navigator, in 1524. Verrazzano was unable to navigate the tortuous channels leading into the Pamlico Sound and assumed that China lay beyond the Outer Banks.

In 1585, Sir Walter Raleigh's colony, in their ship the Tiger, in search of Roanoke Island collided with a sand bar in Ocracoke Inlet and were forced to land on the island for repairs.

An attempt at an English settlement was tried at Roanoke Island in the late 16th century, but it failed. This effectively halted European settlement until 1663, when Carolina Colony was chartered by King Charles II. However, remote Ocracoke Island was not permanently settled until 1750, being a pirate haven at times before then. It was a favorite anchorage of Edward Teach, better known as the pirate Blackbeard. He was killed in November 1718. The grounds of what is now the Springer's Point Nature Preserve were said to be the pirate's favored hang-out during those days.

Throughout the mid-to-late 18th century, the Island was home to a number of especially skilled schooner pilots, who could get smaller ships through the inlet to the Pamlico Sound. As population increased on the mainland, demand for transshipment of goods from ocean-going vessels increased. The population was listed as 139 in the 1800 census. Warehouses were built to hold goods off-loaded from larger ships offshore and then loaded onto smaller schooners to be delivered to plantations and towns along the mainland rivers.

By the late 19th century, the shipping business was gone, and the United States Lifesaving Service became a major source of steady income for local men. Fishing, including charters for tourists, became more important to the livelihood of the area.

The Ocracoke Historic District, Ocracoke Light Station, and Salter-Battle Hunting and Fishing Lodge are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Added by: sdonley on 06/14/2015 DB#:274


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2232 06/14/2015 sdonley The apparition of the lighthouse keeper has been seen pacing the grounds of the island lighthouse.
2233 06/14/2015 sdonley The apparition of the light house keeper has been reported to pace the upper floor of a vintage bed and breakfast.
2234 06/14/2015 sdonley People have reported seeing the apparition of Theodosia Burr Alston appearing around the lighthouse in a flowing dress.
2235 06/14/2015 sdonley People have also reported a musky smell when they see her apparition.
2236 06/14/2015 sdonley People have reported the apparition of a pretty girl around the lighthouse after a thunderstorm, sometimes carrying a lantern.
2237 06/14/2015 sdonley People have reported seeing a flaming ship just off the coast of the island in September during the first night of the new moon.
2238 06/14/2015 sdonley The apparition of the pirate Blackbeard (Edward Teach) have been reported seen all throughout the island.
2239 06/14/2015 sdonley People have reported seeing the ship "Queen Ann's Revenge" off the coast, this was Blackbeard's ship.
2240 06/14/2015 sdonley The apparition of a man in a diver's suite has been reported near the English cemetery.

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The 9 Most Haunted Places on the Outer Banks
Added: 06/21/2022 By: sdonley
The Outer Banks is known as one of the premier vacation destinations for families in the United States. But many paranormal experts also consider the Outer Banks to be one of the most haunted places in the country.
Ocracoke Island In North Carolina Has An Abnormal Amount Of Paranormal Activity
Added: 06/21/2022 By: sdonley
It almost seems fitting that the most isolated town in North Carolina is perhaps also the most haunted town. This small sliver of land only accessed by ferry, boat, or plane, remains in the same solitude of its early days.
Hunting ghosts on Springer’s Point at Ocracoke
Added: 06/21/2022 By: sdonley
(Editor’s note: Just in time for Halloween, join in a ghost hunt at Springer’s Point on Ocracoke, near the very site where Blackbeard, the infamous pirate, met his demise.
A Circle, A Line, An Island: Ocracoke Ghosts
Added: 06/21/2022 By: sdonley
The ghost didn’t come the way you might imagine. No shrieking, no moaning, no shadowy specters. Nor was it exactly the way Philip Howard told it in Digging Up Uncle Evans: History, Ghost Tales, & Stories From Ocracoke Island.
Ocracoke, North Carolina
Added: 06/21/2022 By: sdonley
Ocracoke /ˈoʊkrəkoʊk/ [3] is a census-designated place (CDP) and unincorporated town located at the southern end of Ocracoke Island, located entirely within Hyde County, North Carolina, in the United States. The population was 948 as of the 2010 census.
Ocracoke, NC
Added: 06/21/2022 By: sdonley
Ocracoke Guide Sections: Ocracoke Listings A resident blogger writes that one the best things about Ocracoke is "the feeling of being on island time...slow and relaxed...casual and as carefree as you desire," which pretty much sums up the pace of this out-of-the-way and unique place.
Ocracoke Island The Cure for the Common Beach
Added: 06/21/2022 By: sdonley
Where doing nothing means everything. DAY TRIP TODAY A mellower take on a vibrant nightlife. BOOK NOW The cure for the common beach. EXPLORE Welcome. To Ocracoke Island. Long walks where it’s just you and sandpipers. Chartered boats to secret fishing spots and Blackbeard’s favorite hiding place.

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