Donations Needed in 2020 


Restore the Will Willis Store & Fish House,  

A National Register Historic structure [ca. 1930]

Restoration of OWWA Exhibit Spaces

and Artifacts

 This is a result of damage to the interior incurred from Hurricane Dorian 9/6/19.

Exhibit Restoration Scheduled for Summer 2020​ 

  • Restore the structure inside and out according to State Historic Guidelines
  • Archive Photos and Preserve Displays




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

Oystering: History, Restoration, Lifecycle & Recycling

Fishing: A Family Tradition
Pound Netting
A day at the fish house
Partners in Preservation – Coastal North Carolina Watermen

Traditional Boats


Ocracoke Fresh

History of Island Fish Houses



Youth in Commercial Fishing

Historic Tourism 

and more......

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