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15 Nov 2018
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Remembering Lt. Maynard and the Royal Navy

Ocracoke is known for its miles of pristine beaches, world class fishing, amazing shelling, the Ocracoke Lighthouse and the charming Ocracoke Village located on the southern end of Ocracoke Island surrounding picturesque Silver Lake Harbor.

A ferry ride way, Ocracoke is a haven for family vacationers, anglers, shell collectors, birdwatcher’s and history buffs. 

Ocracoke's Piratical History

When one thinks of Ocracoke Island Blackbeard the Pirate certainly comes to mind.  Each year at the end of October, the annual Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree explores pirate life on Ocracoke Island.  The village comes alive with pirate reenactment crews, musical entertainment, magic shows, history, period encampments, vendors and a live battle with cannons on Silver Lake.

300th Anniversary of the Battle at Ocracoke

Annual Blackbeard's Pirate Jamboree held in late October

Honoring Lt. Maynard and the Royal Navy

Several years ago, Ruth Toth, a board member of the Ocracoke Preservation Society, made it her mission to bring attention to the role of the Royal Navy and the personal sacrifice of the sailors who rid Ocracoke of pirates. “This battle was the first time the rule of law was established on Ocracoke,” she said. “Our commemoration brings a balanced approach to the history.”

At the Battle at Ocracoke on November 22, 1718, the Royal Navy, under the command of 1st Lt. Robert Maynard, defeated the pirate Blackbeard in the waters off Ocracoke Island. Much ado is made of Ocracoke’s piratical heritage, but little is acknowledged about Maynard and his men, eleven of whom are buried on Ocracoke. Islanders have recently learned their identities.

Springer's Point Ocracoke Island

Springer's Point.  Site of Memorial Service.

300th Anniversary of the Battle at Ocracoke.  Three days of events November 21st - 23rd
  • *Oyster Roast with Music by Martin and Friends.  November 21st, 7 PM at the Berkley Barn.  $45 per person.
  • Memorial Service along the shore at Springer’s Point, the closest land to the site of the battle.  Thanksgiving Morning, November 22nd, 10AM
  • English Tea immediately following the Memorial Service.  November 22nd at approximately 11AM at the Berkley Barn.
  • *Pig Pickin’ with Music by Molasses Creek.  November 23rd, 6PM at the Berkley Barn.  $45 per person.
Tickets are limited so get yours today!

*Ticketed events have limited seating and advance tickets are recommended.  Tickets can be obtained in advance by stopping by the OPS museum or calling 252-928-7375.  Additional information about the event can be found at Ocracoke Preservation Society website or via email at admin@ocracokepreservation.org