The Community Store in the 1950's. Photo courtesy of the Ocracoke Preservation Society.
Since 1918, Ocracoke's Community Square has been the heart of our maritime heritage, a welcoming gathering place for watermen, merchants, students, locals and tourists alike. Nearly a century later, stories are still shared, goods are still sold, and local events are still celebrated amongst these 5 National Register structures and waterfront docks.
In 2013, the Ocracoke Foundation accessed two interim loans to purchase The Community Square from a private seller, with the objective to preserve its past, present, and future as the heart of Ocracoke.
Located on the Docks at the Community Square, The Ocracoke Working Watermen’s Exhibit shows visitors the vital role Ocracoke’s watermen have in our economy, culture and environment.
YOUR HELP IS NEEDED to accomplish these goals
OUR GOALS ARE SIMPLE:
Restore the docks, structures and shoreline; and put protective covenants in place to ensure public access and community use in perpetuity.
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This coming summer season marks the 6th year for Outdoor Classroom Programs that highlight Ocracoke's dynamic natural environment. The programs are free and geared towards children, with adults known to come back for more!