History of the Outer Banks

The Outer Banks of North Carolina seems to have risen from the sea approximately 10,000 to 12,000 years ago, making it a geologic infant. The first Native Americans arrived between 1,600 and 2,000 years ago, although this is simply speculation. From recorded history, the Outer Banks began with the arrival …

Oregon and Hatteras Inlets and the Hurricane of 1846

Sometime around 1825, the New Currituck Inlet closed for the last time, creating a rare—perhaps unheard of situation on the Outer Banks. From the Virginia border to the Village of Ocracoke, the Outer Banks presented a continuous ribbon of sand bordered by the Atlantic Ocean. Roanoke Inlet—the passage the ships …

Legends of the Sandbar – Book Review

The images in Chris Bickford’s book Legends of the Sandbar are black and white, but his world is anything but monochromatic. The photographs are what shape the creative energy of the book, and although they are colorless, the images tell startling stories. Some of the photographs seem to leap from …

Northern Outer Banks Inlets

It’s standard knowledge that the Outer Banks is a dynamic strip of sand. Since the 1930’s, it has been largely stabilized by the dunes built by the Works Project Administration, Roosevelt’s initiative to put unemployed Americans to work during the Great Depression. Yet even with the sand dunes in place …

Outer Banks Airports from WWII

It’s been noted a number of times that the Outer Banks was ground zero for the Battle of the Atlantic in WWII. German wolf packs, preying on shipping off the coast, took a horrific toll on allied shipping, and the United States was initially slow to respond. Once the response …

Wanchese Fishing and Tradition

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 …

Lesser Known Facts about Blackbeard the Pirate

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, …

The Midnight Ride of Betsy Dowdy

British forces were moving in strength against the Patriots, intent on seizing strategic positions. The rebels were brave but seemed unaware of the forces rallying against them. The only hope was a midnight dash by horse to warn fellow countrymen of the danger. Yes, it sounds like Paul Revere, but …