Christmas On The Islands
November 13, 2013

Ocracoke Holiday Historic Home Tour is Dec. 7

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!

Join 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.

Under 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 members.

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.

“There 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.

“I lik
e 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 Society.

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 holiday goodies.

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, the official website for Ocracoke Civic and Business Association. For information about the ferry schedules and fees, please visit

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