Methodist Church on Portsmouth Island. Photo: P. Vankevich

Ocracoke’s neighbor to the south, Portsmouth Island, has a long and fascinating history.

The island is now part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore, administered by the National Park Service (NPS).

The nonprofit Friends of Portsmouth Island (FPI) works closely with the NPS and over the years has provided countless volunteer hours and financial support for repairing/restoring the buildings in the village that have been damaged by major storms.

The FPI spring meeting will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 20, in the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT).

The featured speaker will be Margaret Miller Growe, executive director of the nonprofit Tamassee Group, which is producing a documentary on the history and culture of the Outer Banks.

Various village projects are also on the agenda.

The meeting is open to the public and offers an opportunity for those considering becoming members. A continental breakfast will be available.

Occurring every two years, the next Portsmouth Homecoming will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2024.

Here’s a recap from 2022: Portsmouth Island Homecoming returns

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