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Untouched history

A very well preserved piece of American history lies in this island. Our tour guide was a local... read more

Reviewed 8 October 2018
Port Vila, Vanuatu
Absolutely amazing

I LOVE THIS TRIP. I LOVE THIS TRIP!!!!! For 20 bucks you get a nice long ferry ride from a native... read more

Reviewed 14 July 2018
Charles Town, West Virginia
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Over a century ago, Portsmouth Village was a bustling port town. Today, the buildings and exhibits tell the story of changing times and life on the Outer Banks. The Theodore and Annie Salter House and Visitor Center, School, Post Office and General...more
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Reviewed 8 October 2018

A very well preserved piece of American history lies in this island. Our tour guide was a local, and very knowledgeable about this history of the area and North Carolina in general. They are about 5-8 buildings you can walk through, the church is also...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank brennagreym
Reviewed 6 August 2018

Portsmouth Village itself was so interesting and historical. We enjoyed looking at the old buildings and reading about the life of the people who lived in the village. However, the bugs were HORRIBLE. We used bug spray during the day, and it literally did nothing....More

Date of experience: May 2018
2  Thank Katie W
Reviewed 14 July 2018 via mobile

I LOVE THIS TRIP. I LOVE THIS TRIP!!!!! For 20 bucks you get a nice long ferry ride from a native captain who tells you alot about the area. We were lucky, the wind kept the bugs away. The village was amazing, listening to the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank booshkie1
Reviewed 25 June 2018

We traveled with Captain Austin who is a native of Ocracoke and knows all the history surrounding Portsmouth and Ocracoke. A great trip.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Vicki C
Reviewed 30 April 2018

Wow! An interesting trip back in history, from holes in the floor to bug spray. We had a nice few hours on the island.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank bksifford
Reviewed 23 April 2018

This was the highlight of my life. Yes, I come from long lost family that settled the island, but it was more than a family tie to the village. All the homes and building were open for Homecoming 2018 on Saturday April 21, and they...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank ourgrandpasattic
Reviewed 15 March 2018

Portsmouth Village is a deserted town on the northeastern tip of Portsmouth Island, part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore. Portsmouth was established in 1753 by an act of the North Carolina general assembly. Within twenty years, it had become the largest settlement on the...More

Date of experience: June 2017
2  Thank D2958ZXgarym
Reviewed 11 September 2017

Enjoyed visiting Portsmouth to see this deserted fishing village. Buildings in great shape. The folks that man the various houses and stores were not there that day, so we only got to go in the structures that were unlocked, the church and the post office....More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank beamer98
Reviewed 23 August 2017

I was like a kid at Christmas, as I had been wanting to go here for over 28 years, having read every book on it I could find. Village is lovingly kept up by volunteers and the Cape Lookout National Seashore. Go in September or...More

Date of experience: September 2016
1  Thank John C
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

Wonderful deserted island village!! Take the ATV tour and get the best of both worlds - our favorite of the trip!

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank Starsmith604
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30 October 2018|
Response from Vicki C | Reviewed this property |
Contact the Austins at Portsmouth Island Boat Tours - Phone number (252) 928-4361 - they will take you to the Island when you want to go and return to pick you up when you want. They were born and raised on Ocracoke and... More
Lorna T
15 May 2018|
Response from Angela H |
Yes. On the other end of the island there are a handful of cabins to rent or to can choose to camp.
Alton B
29 July 2017|
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Response from VEE1225 | Reviewed this property |
We booked through Portsmouth ATV Tours. I believe each person was $60 for the day. They book morning sessions and afternoon sessions. The trip includes about an hour in Portsmouth Village and then 2-3 hours riding the... More