Vacationers fall in love with the Outer Banks of North Carolina for different reasons. For some, the Outer Banks represent a simpler lifestyle reminiscent of days gone by. Time slows down as you wander the beaches, trails, and quaint shops. Time seems to stop on an afternoon spent reading or just relaxing by the sea or on a shady porch.
The Outer Banks have long been a refuge for those seeking quiet, privacy, and a simpler way of life, including celebrities. However, the first “celebrities” to take shelter on the Outer Banks were infamous rather than famous, including pirates such as Calico Jack and Blackbeard. From the 1600s to the late 1800s the islands were isolated and desolate, though they attracted scrappy, hardworking folks who began to form the unique Banker culture.
The Best Outer Banks Beach
For the Outer Banks, with its reputation of soft sand and beautiful beaches, there is an obvious question. “Which Outer Banks Beach Is The Best Beach?”
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The beautiful beaches and sea breeze that are so wonderful on the Outer Banks are why so many people visit and come back year after year. And there is a lot to be said for that; we would never disagree that perfect sand and refreshing ocean air makes for a great place to vacation.
In 1830, Francis Nixon, a Perquimans County plantation owner, sailing with his family, braved the unpredictable waters of the Outer Banks sounds, finding a dock at a small village at the base of Jockey’s Ridge. His purpose for coming to the Outer Banks was to save the lives of his wife and children.
Every place develops traditions that mark it as different or unusual, something that indicates that it is truly distinctive from any other place. The celebration of Old Christmas at the Hatteras Island Village of Rodanthe, though, seems to have taken that to another level. It is an observance that goes back to colonial times but its roots can be traced much farther into the past.
When the Wright brothers were conducting their aviation experiments in Outer Banks in the early 1900s, food was scarce. There was only one grocery store in the area, and it usually had bare shelves. Orville Wright complained that he was living on condensed milk, one spoonful at a time. Orville would be delighted to know that today his beloved home has a reputation for some of the finest food on the Coast.
Beneath the waters off Ocracoke Island the restless soul of Blackbeard searches in vain for a final resting place. A spectral presence can be seen, it is said, searching the Pamlico Sound at Teach’s Hole, just south of Ocracoke Village. So goes the story of Blackbeard’s Ghost, combing the waters, no doubt, for his head that Lieutenant Robert Maynard took with him when he returned in victory to Virginia.
There is perhaps nothing as iconic to the Outer Banks as the lighthouses that stand above the shoreline from Corolla to Ocracoke Island. Soaring above the beach, they were some of the first guardians of the coast, warning mariners of dangerous shoals and treacherous seas. They maintain that function even today, their lights flashing distinctive patterns into the night sky and their particular color and paint arrangements giving sailors visual reckoning as they pass the North Carolina coast.
Richard Etheridge-Integrity and Courage
If Dare County Commissioners have their way, the new bridge over the New Inlet on Hatteras Island will be named the Richard Etheridge Bridge. Provided NCDOT agrees to the name, it would be a fitting tribute to a remarkable man.
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