Change in Harkers Island Visitor Center Hours
Harkers Island Visitor Center hours will be Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. until further notice.
The Friends of Portsmouth Island, in cooperation with Cape Lookout National Seashore, sponsor an old-fashioned homecoming in Portsmouth Village, south of Ocracoke, across Ocracoke Inlet. Homecomings are traditionally held in alternate years the first Saturday after Easter. The next Homecoming is set for Saturday, April 28, 2012. Everyone is welcome!
2012 Homecoming Schedule of Events (pdf, 27 kb)
Getting to Portsmouth can be a challenge. Access is by water only and there are no hard surface roads on the island. Some people take the private vehicle ferry from the village of Atlantic, and then drive their four-wheel drive vehicles 17 miles up the beach to get to Portsmouth. Others arrive by their own boat. Most folks, however, catch the passenger ferry from the village of Ocracoke.
The homecoming service, traditionally held in the church, includes singing, special music, recognition of guests and other visitors, a short devotional, and good fellowship. Dress for the day is very informal; jeans are appropriate.
If you are planning on joining us for Homecoming, you will need to make your own reservations with the ferry service.
In case of bad weather, the gathering is held in the village of Ocracoke. For more information, contact Richard Meissner at (252) 728-2250 ext. 3008 or (252) 728-3242.
Information on planning a trip to Portsmouth, during Homecoming or another time of year, can be found on the Visiting Portsmouth Village webpage.
Did You Know?
Diamond City was a shore-based whaling community located where Barden Inlet now separates the islands of Shackleford Banks and South Core Banks. Crews would row whaling dories out from shore to chase the whales as they migrated past the island. Cape Lookout National Seashore