Kill Devil Hills in Dare County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
A hospitable people...
If you decide to try your machine here...you will find a hospitable people...
William J. Tate, Kitty Hawk Postmaster, in a letter to Wilbur Wright dated August 18, 1900
Wilbur and Orville Wright accepted Tate’s invitation and found that the Outer Banks of North Carolina not only provided hospitable people but also the conditions that they needed to fly – wind, sand, and solitude. While solitude was important to get the work done, the Wrights did not work alone. From 1900 to 1903, families from the local communities and the crews from the local life saving stations provided much-needed assistance to the Wrights.
On the morning of December 17, 1903, the Wrights signaled for help and “John T. Daniels, W.S. Dough, A.D. Etheridge, W.C. Brinkley of Manteo, and Johnny Moore of Nags Head arrived,” wrote Orville. With their help the Flyer was moved to the launch rail. The men then cheered as the Flyer lifted off the ground.
The “First Flight” sculpture captures the Wrights’ historic achievement and the hospitable people who supported them. Local families and descendants of the first flight witnesses continue to welcome visitors to the Memorial and the Outer Banks.
Erected by U.S. Department of the Interior,
Location. 36° 0.726′ N, 75° 40.056′ W. Marker is in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, in Dare County. Marker is on Wright Brothers National Monument Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kill Devil Hills NC 27948, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 12 Seconds that Changed the World (here, next to this marker); The Conquest of the Air (here, next to this marker); Wright Brothers National Memorial (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dare County's Tribute to Veterans (approx. 0.2 miles away); Monument to the Impossible (approx. ¼ mile away); Pitch, Roll and Yaw (approx. ¼ mile away); Big Kill Devil Hill (approx. ¼ mile away); Experiments (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kill Devil Hills.
More about this marker. The main image on the marker includes the caption: Orville Wright wrote on December 14, 1903, that “with help of men (Bob Wescott, John T. Daniels, Tom Beacham, W.S. Dough, and Uncle Benny O’Neal) we took machine 150 ft. uphill… A couple small boys, who had come with the men…made a hurried departure over the hill for home on hearing the engine start.”
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 12, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,580 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 12, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. 3. submitted on August 13, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.