Away from the sporty fishing boats with teak decks and sportsman fishing chairs, and hidden from view from head boats that charter hopeful fishermen offshore, lies the village of Wanchese. Located on the south end of Roanoke Island, this village appears as a sliver of Outer Banks lifestyle that froze in time over 50 years ago.
Meghan Agresto wears a number of different hats. She is the Site Manager for the Currituck Beach Lighthouse, and she is one of the founding members and President of the Board of Water’s Edge Village School (K-6 charter school) where she teaches Spanish. Meghan and Luis, the lighthouse Keeper, have resided in Corolla with their children for eleven years.
It’s well known that the Outer Banks has a love affair with pirates, which is based more on imagination than reality. The truth is that pirates, by nature of their business, were not often revered in this manner.
If there’s one pirate who stands out as an Outer Banks original, it would definitely be Blackbeard who met his demise on November 22, 1718 off of Ocracoke Island. Angered by the support the pirate was receiving from North Carolina officials, Governor Spotswood of Virginia sent Lt. Robert Maynard of the Royal Navy to hunt down the pirate.
The Outer Banks is home to some truly interesting people and from them spring diverse concepts for gatherings and festivals. Their unique perspectives are at the heart of our active arts community and many of the quirky shops and restaurants found within our communities.
Throughout the years, a number of festivals have sprung to life in celebration of our laid back and creative Outer Banks lifestyle. Many are well-known and attended, like the Mustang Music Festival, Outer Banks Taste of the Beach, OBX Seafood Festival and the Duck Jazz Festival. However, there are others that are not quite as popular but are definitely worth attending.
There is something magical about walking into a bookstore, the shelves packed with every imaginable topic and title, just waiting to be explored. One of the best on the Outer Banks is The Island Bookstore, a place that allows us to step back in time before the world became addicted to online and electronic reading.