An aerial view of Portsmouth Village, N.C. Photo: C. Leinbach
An aerial view of Portsmouth Village. Photo: C. Leinbach

The simpler times of days gone by will be the theme of this year’s Portsmouth Island Homecoming Saturday, April 21.

Sponsored by the Friends of Portsmouth and hosted by Cape Lookout National Seashore, the 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. event will focus on the simple times and activities that were common to the people of Portsmouth in “A Step Back in Time.”

The free event includes a potluck midday meal.

In case of inclement weather, Homecoming will be held in the Ocracoke Assembly of God Church on Lighthouse Road.  Please check and Friends of Portsmouth Island Facebook page for any news or updates to this schedule.

For transport to Portsmouth, call 252-928-4361.

Schedule for the day is as follows:

9 a.m.  Buildings open.
10 a.m.   Hymn singing in church led by Connie Mason.
11:15 a.m.  Church bell rings to begin the Homecoming Celebration.
11:30 a.m.  Homecoming Program will feature David Quinn, grandson of Dot Salter Willis, who will offer the Island’s history, along with presentations from other island family members.
12:30 p.m. Potluck dinner on the grounds. (Ice, paper products and tea will be provided.  Everyone is asked to bring food to share.)
1:30 p.m.   Time to tour all the open buildings throughout the village.
2 p.m.     Boats begin returning to Ocracoke (will run as long as needed).


Portsmouth belles from yesteryear, Elma Dixon and Marian Babb. Photo courtesy of Friends of Portsmouth Island


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