Address: 785 Irvin Garrish Hwy, Ocracoke, NC    Reservation Line: 252-928-4411

Sands of Time: Tracing Ocracoke’s History

Ponies, pirates, and preservation, Ocracoke has everything that you can dream of when it comes to history. This itinerary will guide you through the best historic spots on the island.

Rent a Pony Island Express golf cart from the Inn and take a short trip to the Ocracoke Lighthouse. In 2023 the lighthouse celebrated its 200th birthday. While visitors are unable to climb the lighthouse, the grounds make for a great photo op.

Take in some World War II history by visiting the British Cemetery. You can also take a nature walk through the Hammock Hills Nature Trail.

Grab some lunch at Back Porch Lunchbox or Hart’s Hot Dog Hut as you continue your history filled trip.

If you want a fun spooky tour filled with history, Ocracoke offers a Ghost and History Tour. Learn all about the ghosts that haunt the island and their history during this fun and interactive tour.

Interested in wildlife? Visit the historic Ocracoke Banker Ponies. Legend has it they are derived from Spanish Mustangs that survived a shipwreck in 1565. The ponies have been protected by the National Park Service since 1959 and live in a 188 acre pen.

For a deep dive into the naval history of Ocracoke and island brogue, take a walk through the Ocracoke Preservation Society Museum.

Trace the steps of the Civil War and visit the Fort Ocracoke Monument, a large granite monument that honors those who fought there. Its inscription on one side of the marker lists the men from Ocracoke and Portsmouth islands who served in the Civil War. The other side of the marker describes the significance of Fort Ocracoke.

Discuss the history you’ve learned about with dinner at Howard’s Pub, Plum Pointe Kitchen, or Ocracoke Oyster Company.