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Captain's Landing Hotel Suites 252-928-1999

Captainís Landing Waterfront Inn on the Outer Banks in Ocracoke, North Carolina

Captain’s Landing History

Ponzer Hotel
Ponzer Hotel: Ocracoke 1885-1900

George and Betty Chamberlin are the owners and developers of Captain’s Landing and welcome you to the Inn and unique shops that share the property.  George is originally from Long Island, New York and is a former USAF pilot, commercial airline captain and chief pilot.  Betty was born on Ocracoke and is a ninth generation direct descendant of William Howard, the last colonial owner of Ocracoke and is a great granddaughter of local legend and character Captain Horatio Williams.  Betty’s mother, Elizabeth O’Neal Howard was a life-long resident of Ocracoke and was appointed postmaster for Ocracoke in 1941.  Betty’s family, both the Howards and O’Neals, have been residents of Ocracoke since 1759. Betty’s daughters, Beth and Ann, spent their childhood summers on Ocracoke with their grandmother, Elizabeth O'Neal Howard.  They vacationed and worked summer jobs on the same waterfront property where Captain's Cottage now stands.  Beth and Ann represent the fourth generation to have worked on this same property, continuing the family traditions until completing their university studies.  

Betty and George lived in Virginia for many years and moved back to Ocracoke as they developed Captain’s Landing.  The extensive planning and design for Captain’s Landing began in 1998.  The exterior evolved from old pictures belonging to Betty’s mother, Elizabeth.  When deciding on the exterior look for the new hotel, Betty remembered the pictures that she had seen as a child of the old Ponzer Hotel and their finely dressed guests of the 1800’s. The Ponzer Hotel was located near the former Ocracoke Coast Guard station. Those pictures were presented to the architects [Ben Cahoon and Associates] to draft the look for Captain’s Landing.  Today, those old pictures hang in Captain’s Landing office as a remembrance of Ocracoke's lodging history.

The name for Captain’s Landing was chosen in honor of the families that were captains of both air and sea. Each suite bears the name of native pilots of the 1800’s that plied the waters that surround Ocracoke. Those names can still be found in the local phone directories today.

After two years in the planning stage and a year of construction, Captain’s Landing opened in June of 2001.  Located directly on the water and in the heart of the village, Captain’s Landing maintains a nostalgic look and a heart-felt ancestral significance to Betty and her family.  Betty, George and the staff welcome you to Captain's Landing with island hospitality and will do their very best to help you enjoy your stay.

CAPTAIN’S LANDING WATERFRONT INN - 324 Highway 12, P.O.Box 1150, Ocracoke, NC 27960
252-928-1999 • info@TheCaptainsLanding.com

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