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January 6, 2013
From journal Lighthouses of the Outer Banks
January 22, 2005
Actually, the ferry arrives in the village area, so you can practically walk to all of the shopping and even to the lighthouse. The island was very charming. There were lots of delightful little stores and tourists walking around. This island certainly does not have any fast-food restaurants, and I was dying for a McDonalds. It was reminiscent of Martha’s Vineyard. Some of the homes were quite beautiful, but mainly being a fishing village, the houses were pretty modest.
I don’t recall seeing any traffic lights, and the speed limit around the town was about 20mph. At one of the shops, I learned that Ocracoke is famous for Blackbeard the pirate. The name of the island came from Blackbeard saying something like "Oh crow, cawk" or something like that. I also learned that the governor from Virginia was the one who ended Blackbeard’s pirating, and he was slain there in 1718.
Located right near the shopping was the Ocracoke lighthouse. It was raining, so I didn’t go much further than my car--just enough to get a glimpse and a few photos of my very first lighthouse! It was really neat to see, but it actually looked a lot smaller than I had imagined one would look. I realized after seeing other lighthouses that they are all quite different in size and color. I didn’t see anyone there answering questions, so I couldn’t get any information on the lighthouse except what I read. And that was that--it was built in 1823, and it is the oldest beacon still operating in North Carolina.
I had lunch at Howard’s Pub, which happened to be their only year-round restaurant. It was very busy and served lots of seafood. I don’t recall what I ate or how I really felt about the place, but it was conveniently located on the way to the ferry to take me to the next island, Cape Hatteras. That drive to the ferry was beautiful, with water on both sides of the road, but naturally, it was still raining. Fifteen of the 18 miles of the island are part of the Hatteras National Seashore, so I felt good that I can come back here years from now, and it will still be beautiful.
From journal Paradise and Lighthouses in the Outer Banks
Jamesville, New York
January 23, 2003
Once you reach Ocracoke Island, NC12 travels between the Atlantic Ocean and Pamlico Sound. At some points the island is so narrow that both bodies of water will be visible. Take time to stop and view the wild ponies. Although they are penned, and not really running wild it is a great stop for the kids.
To get to the lighthouse, you will travel through the village of Ocracoke. Here you'll find quaint shops and restaurants, a great place for lunch, dinner or just a snack. Ocracoke is located in a residential neighborhood, and has very limited parking facilities. Nevertheless, it is a picturesque lighthouse and well worth the trip.
After visiting the lighthouse, you can retrace your route and return north via the ferry to Hattaras or continue south and take one of two fee ferries to the mainland.
From journal Outer Banks Lighthouses
Northern Va Suburbs of DC, Virginia
January 23, 2001
From journal The Best of the Outer Banks