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Ocracoke Island, North Carolina

In the Village
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There's no commercial zoning on Ocracoke, so businesses spring up among rental cottages and year-round homes. No worries! A 10 p.m. noise ordinance keeps the village peaceful. 

Ocracoke residents pride themselves on their gardens, and love to decorate their yards with old skiffs, net floats, and driftwood. Over 90 family cemeteries dot the landscape, with graves old and new. 

The commercial fishermen's yards are easy to spot with their nets and crab pots to add to the island's charm. Picket fences have been popular since the days when the wild ponies ran free, and had to be kept out of kitchen gardens! 

With a year-round population of just under a thousand, Ocracoke Village is a small, close-knit town served by a Pre-K – 12 public school, a child care center, a health center, two churches, one gas station, one grocery store, and a fish house. Over twenty-five local non-profits, from the Volunteer Fire Department to the Working Watermen's Association, work to preserve the island way of life and plan for the future. 

Ocracokers work and play close to the water, always aware of the wind and tides.

Come explore our village and learn more about this unique place we call home!
Explore the tiny village of Ocracoke and enjoy discovering all the shops and restaurants, and homes and gardens tucked away on twisty, tree-lined streets.

Ocracoke Village is on the National Register of Historic Places, with houses and buildings dating from the 1880's, interspersed with more recent additions under the dappled sunlight of live oaks, cedars, and yaupons.
At just a little over a square mile, and surrounded by water, everything within the Village of Ocracoke is conveniently located for walking or biking.