A stranger is talking on his cell phone as a golf cart approaches carrying four female tourists. Somewhat impatiently, the women stop and stare at the man.
“Hey, can I call you back? I need to go,” says the man to the person he is talking to on the phone.
Within minutes, these four women have found out that the man’s name is Allen, discover that he actually owns the cute historic home that he is standing in front of, and next thing you know, the group is going on a tour of the house.
This is how things work on Ocracoke Island.
Allen is slightly different from some of the other Ocracoke Island homeowners. He doesn’t rent out his house to tourists. During the summer, he makes the trip down to the island almost every weekend. There are times when members of his family venture down for longer stays.
However, Allen is similar to others that you may encounter on the island. He is proud of his home. In fact, he saved his home—either the oldest or second oldest house on the island—from being destroyed. Allen’s home overlooks the sound and was moved onto a smaller lot to make way for new construction several years ago. Since that time, Allen has painstakingly restored the late 1800’s home, and created his own vacation paradise.
Little did Allen know, but earlier that same week, that same group of tourists had already been by his home and snapped a photo while exclaiming, “Most beautiful home on the island!” Good thing the group was harmless considering Allen let them in for a complete house tour and offered up kayaks and drinks as well!
Although there are many new homes on the island and even more still being built, it is the historic homes that give this island its charm. As you can see with Allen’s house, bigger and newer, is not always better.
If you enjoy the historic charm and character that old buildings offer combined with some good ol’ Southern charm, then a trip to Ocracoke Island might just be the perfect vacation for you.