The Southern Outer Banks, particularly Ocracoke Island, is notorious as the stomping grounds for some of history's most infamous pirates. Notable swashbucklers from Calico Jack to Anne Bonney and Mary Reed, arguably the most famous women pirates, have made a splash in this area, robbing privateers blind and making intricate, sneaky escapes in the inlets and soundside waters off of these barrier islands.
The Ocracoke Preservation Society is a community-based non-profit organization founded in with the goal of preserving the rich cultural and historical heritage of Ocracoke Island. It's main function is preserving and restoring the island's significant structures, buildings and districts, as well as objects with historic charm or of local interest and those relating to the distinctive character of Ocracoke Island. Another part of OPS's mission is to encourage public participation in these preservation programs and activities through membership and other contributions. Memberships are used to fund special projects and to help operate the Museum and come with several benefits, including a10% discount at the Museum Gift Shop. The public can also participate by sharing personal collections of photographs, documents or other items from Ocracoke's past and by volunteering at the Gift Shop. The OPS website includes a section on the history of Ocracoke Island, and the Museum offers weekly historical "Porch Talks" during the summer season. One of the organization's main fund-raisers is its annual raffle of a one-of-a-kind quilt designed and stitched by local artists and donated by The Ocracoke Needle and Thread Club. Tickets are only $1 each and can be purchased by visiting, emailing or calling OPS. The drawing in is November.
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