Seven historic homes on Howard Street will be open for viewing during this year’s event.
Have you ever wandered down Howard Street and longed for a peek inside the weathered old cottages? Now’s your chance!
the Ocracoke Preservation Society on Saturday, Dec. 7, on Ocracoke for
the Holiday Historic Home Tour. All the houses featured this year are
located on Howard Street and will be available to view from 4 – 6 p.m.
live oaks and cedars, among old family cemeteries and picket fences,
you’ll find the houses of historic Howard Street. These homes will be
decked out in their Christmas finery, and their doors
thrown open for guests to enjoy. Enjoy old-fashioned village
hospitality as you step inside these island sentinels from centuries
past. Satisfy your curiosity about these small and sturdy homes along
the sand and shell-strewn path.
Purchase or reserve your
tickets for this event at the OPS Museum in person, or by calling
252-928-7375. Ticket prices are $15 for non-members and $12 for OPS
Each of the houses on the Historic Home Tour is on the
National Register of Historic Places and is a contributing structure in
Ocracoke Village’s National Historic District. Ocracoke United
Methodist Church will also be open for viewing.
Amy Howard, executive director of OPS, is excited to revive the Historic Home Tour that’s been on hiatus since 2003.
hasn’t been a Historic Home Tour for a decade,” she said. “And when I
took this position last fall, I knew I wanted to bring it back.”
As this becomes an annual event, Amy plans to focus on a different section of the Historic District each year.
the idea of having all the homes on the tour close together, so that it
can be a walking tour,” she said. “I chose Howard Street to be first
because it’s the last unpaved historic street on the island, and still
has the feel of old Ocracoke.”
Except for the Methodist
Church, the houses are all privately owned. Their owners are graciously
opening their homes for home tour participants. There’ll be
refreshments, too. Ticket sales will benefit Ocracoke Preservation
The Ocracoke Working Watermen’s Exhibit in the
Community Square will host a free Open House on the same day, from 4 -
6 p.m. The exhibit will welcome visitors with hot wassail punch and
The OPS Museum Gift Shop will be open until 4
p.m. to sell home tour tickets and accommodate holiday shoppers. Other
businesses will be open in the village. Along with your Historic Home
Tour ticket, you’ll receive a village map with open shops and
restaurants clearly marked.
Consider making a weekend of it,
and join the community on Friday, Dec. 6, for a Christmas choral
concert at Ocracoke United Methodist Church at 7:30 p.m. Public Radio
East’s classical music host, Finley Woolston, will direct his Joyful
Band of Singers in this free holiday event sponsored by Ocracoke Alive.
Everyone is welcome!
Find out how to plan your visit at
www.ocracokevillage.com, the official website for Ocracoke Civic and
Business Association. For information about the ferry schedules and
fees, please visit http://www.ncdot.gov/travel/ferryroutes/#0.