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“Very Neat Place”
Review of Portsmouth Village

Portsmouth Village
Ranked #10 of 30 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.
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16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Very Neat Place”
Reviewed 28 July 2014 via mobile

This is a great piece of history and a must see. The only down fall is all the bugs especially the biting flies so remember the bug spray!

Visited June 2014
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Durham, North Carolina
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48 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Absolutely fabulous until the biting flies came out”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

This review applies only to the beach side of Portsmouth Island. We did not go to the village.

We had the beach to ourselves. Just us. The whole beach. It was amazing.

The shelling was good, very different from Shackleford Banks where the whole beach is crushed up shells, and finding whole shells requires work. On Portsmouth, whole shells just lay at the water line. Granted, most were scallop, clam, and oyster shells, but we stayed pretty close to the northern end of the island which is where the most traffic stays, and we did bring home a couple of prizes - some whole sand dollars and shells whose names I don't know.

And then, in the late afternoon, the biting flies came out and we couldn't leave fast enough. We ended up, up to our necks in the water waiting for our ferry to come get us, with no way to reach him to get him to come early. I didn't think the bug spray did any good.

Also, no facilities of any kind, no cellphone service, no shade.

Visited June 2014
1 Thank moats002
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Whitehall, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
233 reviews
138 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 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
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Richmond, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
134 reviews
62 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
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Plymouth, Indiana
Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 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
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