So you think you know something about the history of the Outer Banks? Let’s find out. Here’s our test of your knowledge of this sandbar by the sea.
How did Blackbeard the Pirate meet his fate and where did it happen?
1903, at the base of Kill Devil Hill
1719, Ocracoke Island
In what year did Oregon Inlet open?
Who was Richard Etheridge?
An African-American educator who founded the College of the Albemarle.
Local political leader whose advocacy for Hatteras Island improvements forced the government to provide electricity and clean water to the island.
Manteo resident and first Black American to hold the ranks of Lifesaving Station Keeper.
Postmaster of the Kitty Hawk Post Office who wrote to the Wright Brothers extolling the virtues of the Outer Banks for their experiments in flight.
In what year was Dare County created?
When was the Bonner Bridge opened?
In what year did Franklin D. Roosevelt visit the Outer Banks and why did he visit?
1945, to celebrate the end of WWII
1937, to attend a performance of The Lost Colony
1911, during his unsuccessful bid for the presidency in his Progressive Party
1954, to reassure residents that Ocracoke was not going to be used as a site for tests of nuclear weapons.
Where is Military Camp Hill and how did it get its name?
Kill Devil Hills, highest point in Kill Devil Hills and used as a lookout site.
There never has been a Military Camp Hill on the Outer Banks.
Kitty Hawk, so named because there was a radar station on the hill in WWII.
T. Manteo, highest point on Roanoke Island. Capt. Ralph Lane of Lost Colony used it to observe Indian tribes.
What is the significance of the name Mirlo?
The original name of Rodanthe.
WWI tanker that was torpedoed and sank. Rescue carried out by the Chicamacomico Life Saving Station.
WWII tanker that was torpedoed and sank. Rescue carried out by the Chicamacomico Life Saving Station.
Its origins are unclear but the word seems to be an Anglicized version of the Algonquin words, “mur lo qua” meaning place of sand.
Who was Sir John Colleton and why was he important to the Outer Banks?
One of the Lords Proprietors that were granted the right to own and colonize much of the Colonial South in the 17th century.
One of the principal financial backers of Sir Walter Raleigh’s doomed Lost Colony expedition. A misspelling of his name was attached to a small island north or Roanoke Island—Colington.
A minor English nobleman who carried on a lively correspondence with the Wright Brothers. In 1902 he visited their camp. His description the swarms of mosquitos legendary, although he said almost nothing about their experiments.
The governor of Virginia who ordered the death or capture of Blackbeard the Pirate.
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