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.
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.
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.
*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 firstname.lastname@example.org