Thursday, May 05, 2016

Limerick

Not long ago, as I was visiting with friends, my eleven year old grandson, Lachlan, stopped by with an impish grin on his face. He came to recite a limerick he had composed. When he was finished we all cracked up.

This is the limerick:

There once was a king named Tyrone
Who loved to sit down on the throne.
When requested to flush,
He said, "What's the rush?"
"I'm playing my built-in trombone!"

This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is Allie (Teenie) Scott's 1968 story of Simon Garrish, Jr. and the US Life-Saving horse, Sambo. You can read it by clicking here: www.villagecraftsmen.com/news042116.htm

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Shell Castle & John Wallace

In 1789 John Gray Blount and John Wallace obtained five islands between Ocracoke and Portsmouth. The most prominent island was dubbed Shell Castle Rock. Wallace and Blount established a piloting and lightering enterprise there that eventually included warehouses, a grist mill, a windmill, a store, a fishery, two residences, and a wooden lighthouse. Wallace was given the title "Governor of Shell Castle."

This image depicting the commercial enterprise that was established on Shell Castle island in the late 1700s/early 1800s was printed on a pitcher that is now on display at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh:














John Wallace's tombstone reads:

Here are Deposited
the Remains of
Captain John Wallace
Governor of Shell Castle
who departed this life
July 22, 1810
Age 52, 6 months.
Shell Castle mourn! your pride is in the dust
Your boast, your glory's in the dreary grave.
Your sun is set ne'er to illume again
The sweet asylum from th' Atlantic wave.
Yes, here beneath this monumental stone 
This awful gloom amid the silent dead
Thy founder lies whose sainted soul we laid
To heaven's high mansion has its journey sped.
Mourn charity, benevolence bewail
Kind hospitality his lot deplore
And own with one unanimous acclaim
 Misfortune's sons will view his like no more.
 
This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is Allie (Teenie) Scott's 1968 story of Simon Garrish, Jr. and the US Life-Saving horse, Sambo. You can read it by clicking here: www.villagecraftsmen.com/news042116.htm

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Alex & Freener

Several evenings ago I hosted a family dinner. Someone told a story about a missed opportunity (I can't remember the details). Without prompting, my eleven-year-old grandson, Lachlan, said, "Too late, I've done promised Freener!" My cousin, Lee, who was visiting from Virginia, looked at me with a quizzical eye.

It was an opportunity to share another Ocracoke Island story.

I had been told that in the late 1800s Ocracoke native, Alexander Garrish, fell in love with a young woman. When he asked for her hand in marriage she turned him down.  She refused his offer several times, and he finally quit asking. In the meanwhile, Epherena ("Freener") Fulcher had set her sights on Alexander, and let him know she wanted to marry him. Alexander put Freener off twice. The third time Alexander claimed he had a toothache. Freener is reported to have said, “Heat a brick and put it to his jaw. It’s now or never.”  

Shortly thereafter the first young woman decided she would accept Alexander's proposal. "Too late," Alexander said, "I’ve done promised Freener."




















This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is Allie (Teenie) Scott's 1968 story of Simon Garrish, Jr. and the US Life-Saving horse, Sambo. You can read it by clicking here: www.villagecraftsmen.com/news042116.htm

Monday, May 02, 2016

Portsmouth

Just a few photos from Saturday's Portsmouth Island Homecoming celebration.

Church Steeple from the Schoolhouse Path

Washington Roberts House (ca. 1850)

Interior of Roberts House

Henry Pigot's House

Hymn Sing in the Church

Schoolhouse

US Life-Saving Station













































































Several hundred people attended, including many descendants of historic Portsmouth Island families.  And the island was blessedly free of mosquitoes!

This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is Allie (Teenie) Scott's 1968 story of Simon Garrish, Jr. and the US Life-Saving horse, Sambo. You can read it by clicking here: www.villagecraftsmen.com/news042116.htm.

Friday, April 29, 2016

How Times Have Changed!

I was in Blackbeard's Lodge the other day and spied this whimsical sign:













It reminded me of a story that Fred Mallison relates in his book To Ocracoke!. He writes about visiting Ocracoke in the first half of the 20th century. On page 103 he tells about waiting for mail after the mail boat docked late in the afternoon:

"One lady I knew rode to the post office on one of the beach trucks. She was wearing her bathing suit and sat on the truck while others of her party went in for the mail. Although the lady was wrapped in a big beach towel over her bathing suit, Mrs. Howard [Ms. Bessie, the postmaster's wife] thought she was dressed improperly, and threatened to pour boiling water on her if she tried to come in."

I wonder what Ms. Bessie would think if she could see how some summer folks dress in public today!

This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is Allie (Teenie) Scott's 1968 story of Simon Garrish, Jr. and the US Life-Saving horse, Sambo. You can read it by clicking here: www.villagecraftsmen.com/news042116.htm.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Stanley Wahab

From the January 30, 1984, issue of the Ocracoke Island News:

"Ocracoke has seen a lot of progress in the last decade. One person who has helped bring progress and modernization to the island was Stanley Wahab (1888-1967)



















"In the late 1930s Stanley built the Wahab Village Hotel in hopes of bringing the tourist trade to Ocracoke.













"This hotel still stands today as Blackbeard's Lodge. Stanley used one wing of the Wahab Village as a roller skating rink. Another wing was converted into a movie theater."

Click here for more information about Stanley Wahab: http://villagecraftsmen.blogspot.com/2013/06/diploma.html.

This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is Allie (Teenie) Scott's 1968 story of Simon Garrish, Jr. and the US Life-Saving horse, Sambo. You can read it by clicking here: www.villagecraftsmen.com/news042116.htm.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Bridge Parts?

Last week Amy and I were looking for seashells when we spied a strange shape out in the ocean. What looked like three tall masts or pilings loomed above the horizon. It was clearly not a sailing ship, but it took a few minutes to venture a guess that it was a section of the new Oregon Inlet bridge, now under construction, being towed to the work site.












Amy had her binoculars with her, so we took the following photo through the eye piece. The last photo is a cropped close-up.

































We are not sure this is a structural element of the new bridge, but we think so. At any rate, we'd never before seen anything quite that that out in the ocean.

This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is Allie (Teenie) Scott's 1968 story of Simon Garrish, Jr. and the US Life-Saving horse, Sambo. You can read it by clicking here: www.villagecraftsmen.com/news042116.htm.