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Portsmouth Village

Ocracoke, NC
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Bugs were horrible

Portsmouth Village itself was so interesting and historical. We enjoyed looking at the old... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Katie W
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
booshkie1
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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 Store, U.S. Life-Saving Station, Methodist Church, and Henry Piggot House are open to the public seasonally.Be sure to bring insect repellent, drinking water, food, sunscreen, adequate clothing, a hat, and good walking shoes.
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  • Average10%
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  • Terrible3%
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

2  Thank Katie W
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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

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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.

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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.

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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

1  Thank ourgrandpasattic
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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

2  Thank D2958ZXgarym
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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

Thank beamer98
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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

1  Thank John C
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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!

1  Thank Starsmith604
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Reviewed 8 July 2017

If you have the chance, go to Portsmouth Island. We took an ATV tour and had such a great time visiting the town and the beaches. The bugs are supposed to be bad (we lucked out and didn't have any except for a few pesky...More

2  Thank VEE1225
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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
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Twila C
9 June 2017|
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Response from Jim D | Reviewed this property |
Access to the village is best from the sound side pier, the ocean beach would require a through-the-surf landing.
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