Located in a restored 1900s-era house, the Ocracoke Preservation Society Museum is a non-profit organization that works to preserve the island’s unique history and rich culture. Here, you can find permanent and rotating, indoor and outdoor exhibitions depicting life in earlier times on the island. The museum is also home to a research library that houses a vast book and photo collection as well as a gift shop.

In the summer, the museum staff offers talks on the back porch about the local culture, traditions, and history of the island. During the winter months when the museum is closed, the staff continues their work of digitally archiving texts, images, and other artifacts.

Visitors are welcome Monday through Saturday, Easter through Thanksgiving, and admission is free.

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Wild Banker Ponies
On a 188-acre plot of land, behind a wooden fence, lives the herd of Ocracoke Banker Ponies, descendants of Spanish mustangs turned wild ponies that survived a shipwreck hundreds of years ago offshore.
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Island Brogue
An island so isolated its residents developed their own accent and vocabulary over hundreds of years. But as off-islanders have moved in, the Ocracoke Brogue is in danger of dying out within just a few decades.
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Portsmouth Island
Located a short boat ride away from Ocracoke Island stands a historic village on Portsmouth Island. Here, you’ll find a post office, church, schoolhouse, Lifesaving Station, and many lovely homes. The only thing missing is people.
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