When it comes to truly being like no other town or village, there is nothing quite like Ocracoke.
One of the best things about the Outer Banks is how much there is to do and how unique the towns and villages the line the coast are. Ocracoke is all of that.
Getting to Ocracoke is a day trip from anywhere on the northern Outer Banks, but we guarantee it will be a day well spent.
Ocracoke is an island south of Hatteras Village and the only way on and off the by ferry. There is a free ferry that docks on the north end of the island that is free. There is also a passenger ferry that docks in the village. The fee for the passenger ferry is $5.00
Ocracoke Village is a beautiful, compact village spreading out from Silver Lake, a naturally occurring lagoon. At one time, Ocracoke Inlet was the only inlet between north to the Virginia border. As a consequence, it has a rich and amazing history.
It was here, in 1718 that Blackbeard the Pirate met his fate at the hands of Lt. Robert Maynard of the British Royal Navy.
Although there is a lot of history to absorb here, honestly, just walking the streets of the village is a wonderful experience. For anyone driving, be aware that the streets are very narrow and speeds rarely exceed 10mph. Walking, golf carts and bikes are a great way to get around and with wonderful art galleries, shops and restaurants, it’s a great way to see the town.
There are a few things that should be on the itinerary.
The British Cemetery at 234 British Cemetery Road. During WWII, the HMS Bedfordshire was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat on May 11, 1942. There were no survivors and the bodies soon washed up on the beach. The sailors could not be returned to England, so the US Government has leased the cemetery in perpetuity to the government of Great Britain so the sailors will always be in British soil.
One of the oldest lighthouses in the United States, the Ocracoke Lighthouse, is still guiding ships into Silver Lake and Ocracoke Inlet. Part of Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the grounds are maintained by the National Park Service and the light by the US Coast Guard.
Ocracoke Preservation Society
The Ocracoke Preservation Society Museum is across from Silver Lake ferry docks in an old historic home. There are permanent displays of Ocracoke artifacts and changing exhibits. It will take maybe an hour to check the museum out, but it will be a fascinating hour.
There is so much to do and see on the Outer Banks. Be sure to take the time to enjoy your stay in a Brindley Beach Vacations home.