Watermen's Exhibit

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.  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.

Outdoor Classroom


OUR GOALS ARE SIMPLE:

  • Repay the loans to be debt free so that lease       income is available to benefit the community; 
  • Restore the docks, structures and shoreline; and put protective covenants in place to ensure public       access and community use in perpetuity.

CLICK HERE to lean more, and find out how YOU CAN HELP.

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Celebrate A Century++ 1918-2023  
                   

These class have been discontinued due to COVID-19.. We hope to offer them in the future.. These Outdoor Classroom Programs highlight Ocracoke's dynamic natural environment, are free and geared towards children, with adults known to come back for more!

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PRESERVING OUR MARITIME HERITAGE        ENDOWING OUR COMMUNITY'S FUTURE

THE COMMUNITY SQUARE REVITALIZATION PROJECT

  • Waterfront Access & Public Use
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Historic Preservation
  • Preserved In Perpetuity
  • Endowment for Ocracoke Island