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OPS's Historic Island Inn & Commons

Building Restoration

In 2018, Ocracoke Preservation Society purchased the Island Inn building and property with the help of the Ocracoke Township Tourism Development Authority and the Ocracoke Occupancy Tax Board. OPS felt that the structure's rich history and character needed to be preserved for future generations to be able to experience. 

When the restoration efforts on the 1901 building are completed, it will become the island's Visitor Center as well as provide office spaces for nonprofits. 

Dec. 2017: Where It Started

The Island Inn Preservation Group makes its first presentation on the concept and details of purchasing the property. The OPS Executive Committee makes the motion that it “…looks favorably upon continuing to work with…” the Island Inn Preservation Group.

Spring 2018: Support Leads To Purchase

In early 2018, OPS requested funds from both the Ocracoke Occupancy Tax Board and Ocracoke Township Tourism and Development Authority to support the purchase of the land and building. In addition to these groups, Walt Wolfram and local islanders gave their support for the project. In March, the OPS's Island Inn Committee was formed, and in May, the property was purchased.

Summer 2018: Goodbye To An Era

The summer of 2018 saw the end of the era of the two wings attached to the building. The southwest wing, which most recently held inn rooms, was also once a dance hall and former Navy barracks, moved by Stanley Wahab in 1948. The other wing (the two story side) was built in the 1950s by Stanley Wahab for guest rooms and a dining room. 

Late 2018/Early 2019: Planning The Rest Rooms

In late 2018, OPS partnered with the Ocracoke Civic and Business Association to help with the construction and development of public restrooms for the island. The Public Rest Room Working Group began working on getting bids for the restroom project; they continued to do so throughout most of the 2019 year.

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