Located on the Docks at the Community Square, in the historic Will Willis Store & Fish House, The Ocracoke Working  Watermen’s Exhibit shows visitors the vital role Ocracoke’s watermen have in our economy, culture, and environment.

Visitors can learn about research projects such as oyster restoration through the panel displays. Visitor’s can also watch DVD clips, select brochures, and project information, sign up for hands-on activities and talk to local volunteers.   A collection of vintage photos, decoys, and antique fishing gear is on display along with present day tools.

People also enjoy relaxing on the rear dock where they can take photos of the lighthouse, watch a fishing boat unload or let the children play in a handmade wooden skiff made by Harry F. O’Neal, an Ocracoke fisherman.

The rear dock is kept open for educational and research docking and will be used for group tours and visiting vessels.

To learn more, visit: 

Saving Ocracoke's Last Fish House 


Voices from The Waterfront:  The Last Fish House




Located on the Docks at

The Community Square 


Why Ocracoke’s last fish house was saved
Life of the Waterman: 1700’s to Today
Old Drum

Oystering: History, Restoration, Lifecycle & Recycling
Waterfowler’s Fishing: A Family Tradition
Pound Netting
A day at the fish house
Partners in Preservation – Coastal North Carolina Watermen

Donations Needed in 2019 


Restore the Will Willis Store & Fish House,  

A National Register Historic structure [ca. 1930]

 This improvement is an immediate need as a result of Hurricane Matthew 10/10/16.

Construction Scheduled for early 2019

​CAMA Permit Issued - August 2018

Goal $255,000

Raised as of January 1, 2019 - $190,820

from Golden LEAF & Covington Foundation

  • Restore the structure inside and out according to State Historic Guidelines
  • Archive Photos and Preserve Displays
  • Raise the structure 24" and build a new structural support
  • Rebuild the surrounding Dock and Platform areas.