Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Portsmouth Island

Last week I took a trip to Portsmouth Island. This Island is a 20 minute boat trip from Ocracoke Island, NC. The weather was warm and their were no mosquitoes! It was a beautiful day. Portsmouth Island was once a thriving shipping port town with many residents. It is now a ghost town. The last residents left the Island in 1971. The Island is owned by the National Park service.
You can visit the village, the visitors center, post office / general store, the church, the school house, and the life saving station are all open to the public. The village still has many of the original houses.
It is a peaceful place and I can imagine how life was once nice on this barrier Island. The beach is long and wide and mostly empty. Portsmouth Island is a great place for shelling.
If you are interested in discovering Portsmouth Island call Rudy Austin 252-928-4361 or Donald Austin 252-928-5431 and they'll take you out to the Island. www.PortsmouthNC.com They are native Ocracokers and will also tell you lots of good stories. Austin boat tours leave twice a day from the community docks in Ocracoke, NC. Enjoy this peaceful place!

15 comments:

  1. We've been there before...it was really beautiful...as long as the mosquitoes don't carry you away! :)

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  2. Your blog and your photography (yours, right?) is beautiful. Keep up the good work!

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  3. beautiful pictures! looks really gorgeous there!

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  4. Great photographs. Seems to be interesting place to visit.

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  5. I love Ocracoke Island. I remember riding my bike around the entire island with my little puppy sitting in the basket on my bars. It was wonderful, I hope to visit again someday with my kids!

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  6. Beautiful pictures....it looks like such a picturesque place.

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  7. Congrats on your new blog!
    Great pics!!

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  8. Thanks for your generous comment!!! :)
    Your pictures are gorgeous- love the one with the pink dress- great color contrast

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  9. I have so many memories of Ocracoke - some of them I try to remember more than others! =) I hope to visit again really soon!

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  10. wow everything look so organic, and surreal..these are gorgeous photos!!! thanks so much for sharing!

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  11. Thank you, I needed a vac...love the photos! Have been to wilmington, NC 2 times the beach was breathtaking and people so friendly!

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