The history of the Outer Banks is remarkable, and at times it has been tragic. No more so than activities on the sea’s edge during World War II. Since North America was discovered by European explorers, shipping has hugged the coastline, riding currents that head south before bearing east for Europe. The Germans were aware of this pattern, and during WWII, their submarines exacted a terrible toll on ships off the coast of the Outer Banks.
Being a part of the Outer Banks community creates a unique perspective on life. In most regions a change in seasons bring an obvious change in lifestyle. But since we reside in a popular resort community with tourism as our main industry, when visitors go home it seems everything in our lives change in distinct ways.
The Outer Banks is a series small towns linked together by a thin ribbon of road and common purpose. For those who genuinely appreciate small town life, winter is a great time of year to be on the Outer Banks.
People tend to take for granted the history of the communities in which they live or visit, and the Outer Banks is no exception to this observation. Most know about major local history events like the story of the Wright Brothers and The Lost Colony, but often lesser known facts can prove to be quite interesting in understanding the history of a region. Here are five facts you may not know about our area:
Outer Banks Daredevils baseball is back for another year at the First Flight High School ball field located in Kill Devil Hills, NC.
There are no aluminum pings when bat meets ball, just the satisfying “pop” of wood connecting with leather that has been a part of baseball since the sport was invented.
Bringing college talent to the Outer Banks, the Daredevils play in the Tidewater Summer League, a wooden bat league that gives college kids who’ve spent their careers playing with aluminum bats, a first chance to experience what playing under major league rules is all about.
There aren’t many large shopping centers on the Outer Banks. For the most part, local businesses are found in the small strip centers that dot our local landscape. There’s a number of reasons for this fact. In earlier days there was a scarcity of large land parcels available for development and not a clear vision for business growth. Regardless, these strip centers add to the charm and character of the Outer Banks and have allowed for unique small shops and restaurants to thrive.