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“great beach/ neat abandoned town”
Review of Portsmouth Village

Portsmouth Village
Ranked #9 of 28 things to do in Ocracoke
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Whitehall, Pennsylvania
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220 reviews
128 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“great beach/ neat abandoned town”
Reviewed 19 November 2013

we took the boat ride over that included the 4 wheelers. so we road on the beach for awhile
very mindful of the turtle nests, went swimming and shelling awhile, and the took the tour of the ghost town. we paid attention to the mosquitoe warnings and had come prepared and did what we were told. glad we did. the village was fascinating.

Visited July 2013
3 Thank ipbchlvr
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Richmond, Virginia
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131 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Best Shelling Spot”
Reviewed 12 September 2013

O.K. the island is very remote and deserted except for the few Park Rangers and yes, mosquitoes can be extremely bad. Just prepare for the worst and you will be surprised. They're not always a problem. the conditions have to be just right. You'll be thankful you took the time to visit as on the ocean side of the island, some of the best shells you can find can be gathered. Don't go in the middle of July as the 1.5 mile walk in the hot sand will be exhausting. Expect an adventure at a place where time stands still.

Visited September 2013
4 Thank Dolphindelight
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Plymouth, Indiana
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45 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“They're not kidding about the bugs”
Reviewed 29 August 2013

If we were smart, we would have gotten off the boat at the beach and skipped the village. But we didn't. The mosquitoes were so bad that despite going through two bottles of bug spray (for two adults and three kids) and swaddling the kids in nets from head to toe, we were all covered in welts. These bugs are voracious and relentless! It really can't be overstated. We ended up rushing through the village just to get away from them. There were tons of great shells on the beach and the tidal flats, but our kids woke up with nightmares, swatting mosquitoes in their sleep. Be prepared!

Visited August 2013
4 Thank Holli F
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East Liverpool, Ohio
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63 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great time”
Reviewed 16 July 2013

its a wonderful place to go visit..you can feel the history and see how they lived..makes you thankful for bug replellant and air conditioning

Visited July 2013
Thank Nina993
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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32 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2013

We took an ATV tour of the island and attempted to visit the village, but it was flooded due to all the rain. The bugs were also terrible if you got anywhere near the dunes and vegetation. However, we did spend a lovely hour shelling on the beach near the village and found tons of Scotch Bonnets, razor clams, conch shells, and more. If it's been fairly dry, I highly recommend going over there with bug spray and sunscreen in hand. otherwise, you might want to steer clear. We did get to see the village from our boat, and although we would have liked to get up close, it was definitely enough for us after a day of shelling!

Visited July 2013
3 Thank cfertenb
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