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Old English is still spoken on this Carolina Island.

Old English spoken in North Carolina.

This odd way of speaking is only odd to those not native to Ocrocoke Island. Mainlanders have not caught the dialect and mainstreamed it so this way of speaking stays on the Island.

16th Century England is the home base for this dialect and many theories contribute to the mysteries of how it came to be. The Lost Colony certainly enters the conversation.

But there are other words and ways of speaking that are more Native American.

A mixture of evolving characteristics that, like the wild ponies that populate the shores and sand dunes, don’t leave the Island.

Dingbatters refers to outsiders. Not a put down.

High Tider is pronounced Hoi Toider.

One theory is that the original Native Americans on the Island called it Woccocock. It evolved into Ocrocoke.

These days the often visited vacation Island is accessible by boat, ferry and private plane.

And the way of talking here is the only American dialect that is not identified as American.

It’s referred to as a relic language by the Encyclopedia of North Carolina.

Ocracoke is a beautiful place to vacation, and visit. As the 1000 residents will tell you, it’s a great place to live. No matter how you say it.

Carolina Musings.

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Cars are banned in this North Carolina town.

The roads in Love Valley, North Carolina are actually trails.

They are not streets, they are not lanes and for good reason

Cars are not allowed in Love Valley.

The tiny town of Love Valley was founded in 1954 by a man who had two ideas.

1- He wanted to live in a Christian community and

2 -he wanted to be a cowboy.

His name was Andy Barker and before his death in 2011 he moved to the mountains to make his dream come true.

Barker did not imagine building a theme park with tourists at all.

He simply wanted a certain lifestyle but today his tiny town of love Valley invites tourists from all over.

The town was incorporated in 1963 and Barker’s Father was named Mayor.

If you want to go somewhere in Love Valley you will need to walk, ride a bike, or hop on a horse. No cars allowed, even today.