In November 2021 I visited Ocracoke Island to start a project interviewing the people that live there and create a "community portrait."

Ocracoke is part of North Carolina's Outer Banks, a narrow strip of sand jutting out into the Atlantic all the way down to Ocracoke. While it's connected to the Banks, the island and its village are quite their own world. It only takes a 50-minute ferry ride, but as soon as you drive off the boat you start to feel an atmosphere unique to American coastal communities.

More on this project - including the stories of the people you see here - coming soon.

Built in 1823, the Ocracoke Lighthouse is one of the oldest operational lighthouses in the United States, the oldest operating in North Carolina and the second oldest of any still standing in the state. It's the shortest of the "Big Four" lighthouses on the Outer Banks, and while the NPS opens the lighthouse, visitors are only able to see inside the base. 

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