The photo in yesterday's post was of the Island Inn dining room. Below is a current picture of the Inn.
I was not able to take a photo of the dining room because the Inn is closed. Today the Island Inn, one of the most prominent historic structures in the village, is for sale. The center 2-story section of the Inn was built in 1901 as the Odd Fellows Lodge, on land purchased from James and Zilphia Howard. It originally sat on the other side of Lighthouse Road, and was moved in the 1920s.
In addition to serving as a fraternal lodge, the building has been used as a private dwelling, the island's first public school, a coffee shop, and a naval officers club.
Although many islanders are concerned about the future of the Island Inn, to my knowledge no individuals or non-profit organizations have sufficient funds to purchase and rehabilitate the aging structure. Perhaps one of our readers will be motivated to restore the Inn to its former prominence. For more information click here.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is Ellen Marie Cloud's first-person
account of the Great Ocracoke Lighthouse Window Heist. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news012117.htm.