Ocracoke Island Connected: Inlet. Ferry


Ocracoke Inlet, once the primary shipping channel for North Carolina, is a maritime haven. The deep inlet and safe harbor of the island provided pirates a resting spot. The village of Ocracoke was bustling in the early nineteenth century as seamen used the inlet to move cargo from large ocean ships to warehouses on the island and then smaller schooners that could carry supplies across the shallow Pamlico Sound to the mainland river towns and plantations. Fort Ocracoke, a Confederate fort built on Beacon Island in the inlet during the Civil War, protected the shipping channel until it was destroyed in 1861. The remains of the fort were recently located underwater in the inlet and some artifacts are on display at the Ocracoke Preservation Society Museum. By the early 1900’s, other means of goods transportation caused the shipping industry to decline on the island. Travelers on the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway cross the inlet and Pamlico Sound by NCDOT ferry.


130 Pilot Town Circle
Ocracoke, NC 27960


35.11656155, -75.98716715
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