The lifesaving station on Portsmouth Island.

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The Friends of Portsmouth Island will hold its spring meeting at Ocracoke on Saturday, May 20, in the NCCAT facility on the harbor.  The meeting begins at 10 a.m. and is open to the public.

Dr. Erin Seekamp, associate professor at N.C. State University, will present the results of the recent cultural survey conducted for Cape Lookout National Seashore.  FPI members had a chance to participate in this survey. Jeff West, Interim Superintendent of Cape Lookout National Seashore, will introduce himself and update the group on what’s going on at Portsmouth and the Park.  

Author Ray McAllister, the new editor of the Doctor’s Creek Journal, will unveil the reprinting of the late Ellen Cloud’s book, “Portsmouth the Way it Was,”  by the late Ellen Fulcher Cloud. Book signings by the daughters of the author will be both before and after the meeting and at Books to be Red, 1 p.m.

The 1996 non-fiction classic tells the story of Portsmouth Island’s thriving seaport that turned into “the ghost village of the Outer Banks.”  The new edition features more pages, more photographs, a foreword by coastal writer Ray McAllister and a new hardcover binding.  Ellen Fulcher Cloud was involved in the early stages of the project to bring back her book but passed away in December. Her daughters assisted afterward.

Portsmouth T-shirts and books will be available for purchase, and door prizes will be awarded at the end of the meeting.

For more information about the meeting or Friends of Portsmouth Island, contact Rosanne Penley at, or visit online at or the Facebook page, which can be linked from the website.



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