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Some of the things you can do when visiting Ocracoke; activities on Ocracoke Island, NC.

Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree set for Oct. 29 & 30; scenes from...

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Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree will go on Oct. 29 and 30 but will not be at the 2018 level, which was the 300th anniversary of Blackbeard’s demise.
Dave O'Neal in his Down Point Decoys Shop Ocracoke, N.C.

Collectors flock to Dave O’Neal’s Downpoint Decoy Shop

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By Peter Vankevich Ocracoke’s first Waterfowl Festival on April 21 in the school gym will celebrate renowned island carver Dave O’Neal. When you step inside his...
Ocracoke lifeguard beach

Cape Hatteras National Seashore extends 2020 lifeguard season at three popular...

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To catch up on Ocracoke news and much more, click here As a result of increased late summer tourism to the Outer Banks, Cape Hatteras...

What really happened in Blackbeard’s final battle on Ocracoke? Find out...

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Are the history books correct about what happened when Blackbeard met his demise off Ocracoke Island at the hand of British Royal Navy Lt....

Blackbeard exhibit on view in Hatteras museum

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HATTERAS— An infamous pirate has once again staked claim to land along the Outer Banks. The North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort has installed its...

OPS to commemorate Lt. Robert Maynard’s role in Blackbeard’s demise

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To catch up on Ocracoke news, click here By Bailey Herndon British Naval Officer Lt. Robert Maynard had a big role in the Blackbeard saga, and...

What’s open–updated

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First published on Nov. 22, 2019; further updated/corrected Feb. 25. This list will continue to be updated. Now that Ocracoke Island is open to visitors...

Ocracoke lifeguard beach retains its No. 2 in the U.S. status

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Ocracoke Island once again earned a top spot on the annual Dr. Beach 10 Best Beaches in the USA list, with the Ocracoke Lifeguard...

The island’s craft brewery, 1718 Brewing Ocracoke, opens Saturday

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For Ocracoke news, click here  By Connie Leinbach As word got around the island on Saturday after 1718 Brewing, Ocracoke's craft brewery, opened at noon for...

Ask the Observer: What is this strange-looking fish? Shocking answer

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By Peter Vankevich Long-time fishing buddies Ned Bull and Lanier Smith, both of Kernersville, spotted an unusual fish Dec. 9 while fishing south of the airport...