“Tell me where you’re from and I’ll tell you who you are …” — WALLACE STEGNER, HISTORIAN

Welcome to a place where the past and the present come together in communities connected by the geography of the land and the sea that surrounds them and the history and culture that define them.

Traditions here run generations deep, from building wooden boats to fishing the salty waters of the Atlantic. Whether a fisherman, a decoy carver, a quilter, a cook, a fishing guide or a ferry captain, people here continue a way of life that has been shaped by the tide and wind, the abundant fish and game, and the deep sense of community that has weathered storms for hundreds of years. There are artists and artisans, musicians and songwriters, balladeers and historians of all kinds along these shores too.

Visitors are welcome to become part of our communities — whether for a day, a week, or a lifetime. Come to listen and learn from the time-honored heritage that makes this place what it is today, and what we hope it will be tomorrow.
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    The Castle B&B

    The Castle on Silver Lake was built over a long period of time during the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s by Sam Jones of Norfolk, Virginia. Mr. Jones contributed greatly to the economy of Ocracoke, North Carolina, during these times and is considered by many to be a local legend. He is buried on Ocracoke Island […]

    155 Silver Lake Road, Ocracoke, NC
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    Island Artworks

    Island Artworks specializes in handcrafted jewelry created on-site in Kathleen O’Neal’s studio. We also carry wood, metal, and glass art, baskets, photography, and paintings by other local and NC artists.

    89 British Cemetery Road, Ocracoke, NC
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    Books To Be Red

    Nestled among live oaks and cedar trees, in a charming historic home built in 1898, Books to Be Red carries books of local interest, fiction, greeting cards, art and knitting supplies, and more.

    34 School Road, Ocracoke, NC
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    Crews Inn Bed and Breakfast

    Constructed in 1908, the inn was originally the home of Ocracokers Isaac and Sue O’Neal. Their daughter Lucille later married Jesse Garrish and they also lived there with their son Danny. The inn is set down an oyster shell driveway and surrounded by red cedars, live oaks, and other island vegetation. A wrap-around partially screened […]

    503 Back Road, Ocracoke, NC
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    Lee Robinson General Store

    “Quality goods for an Island lifestyle since 1948.”  We offer a variety of Outer Banks and North Carolina grocery and specialty items, including fine wines, mirco-beers, jams and jellies, sauces,and condiments, a large selection of books about the Outer Banks, Hatteras wear, gifts, and home décor items.  We also sell fresh vegetables and fruits  at Sticky Bottom Produce […]

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    Pea Island Art Gallery

    Pea Island Art Gallery represents more than 80 local artisans.  Our gallery is named after Pea Island Wildlife Refuge, one of our favorite places, and is housed in a replica of the 1874 Historic Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station that is also in our neighborhood.  We are avid fans of the local history, unparalleled natural beauty, and […]

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    The Albatross Fleet

    The Albatross Fleet pioneered the charter boat industry on the NC coast in 1937 and continues to operate the original custom wooden boats built along the Heritage Trail in Down East Carteret County. Our crews, captains and mates alike, are local and have fished these waters their entire lives. Our dock is in the center […]

    57976 NC Hwy. 12, Hatteras, NC
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    Ocracoke Restoration

    Ocracoke Restoration is a unique shop located in a historically preserved traditional Ocracoke cottage. All proceeds from the sales of our merchandise go to continuing our restoration project. We carry local crafts, antique stained glass, vintage jewelry, yard art and gifts.

    341 Irvin Garrish Hwy., Ocracoke NC
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    Michael Halminski Photographer

    Michael Halminski is a resident Hatteras Island photographer specializing in capturing the nature of the island in photographs of birds, beaches, weather, and waves and in documenting the local commercial fishing industry.  He has lived on the island for more than 40 years, opened his studio and gallery in 1980, and volunteers with the Chicamacomico […]

    25838 Midgett Way, Waves, NC