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Outer Banks History

A history of making history.

The rules are different out here. Shaped by nature just like the Outer Banks were swept from the Atlantic Ocean. The first colonists to settle the Americas only to mysteriously disappear. The first flight launched by two brothers, forever changing the trajectory of the human race. Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the first national seashore of its kind, complete with rolling sand dunes and menagerie of wildlife. And still today, after hundreds of years, the Outer Banks has a way of changing people and opening their eyes to new experiences and passions in historic North Carolina. For sure, there are many firsts still yet to come. But for now, take a step into the past and experience the history that helped make this place a true original.

First Flight

In the space of a few heartbeats, two brothers on the sands of the Outer Banks changed the course of humankind. Read More

The Lost Colony

Over thirty years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, a group of 117 weary men, women and children waded ashore on Roanoke Island in July 1587. Read More

The Graveyard of the Atlantic

Just offshore of the Outer Banks, some 3,000 shipwrecks decorate the depths from Kitty Hawk south to Ocracoke. Read More

The Elizabethan Gardens

Grow memories at this Garden for all seasons – where beauty, tranquility and wonder reign all year. Read More

Fort Raleigh

Step into history. The Fort Raleigh National Historic Site sits on 513 acres on the north end of Roanoke Island just three miles from the historic town of Manteo. Read More

Island Lore

Colorful stories of shipwrecks and pirate folklore helped name places like Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nag's Head. Not to mention copious amounts of rum. Read More

Did you Know

The Outer Banks has long been making history. Some facts you probably know. Some facts you probably don't. Read More



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