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By Kevin W., June 23, 2009
Billy Mitchell and Radio Milestone Markers
North Carolina (Dare County), Buxton — B32 — Billy Mitchell
Brigadier general of the Army Air Service, demonstrated air power by bombing battleships off coast, Sept. 5, 1923. Landing field was here. — Map (db m20347) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Buxton — B-54 — Cape Hatteras Lighthouse — ···
Tallest brick lighthouse in nation at 208 feet. Constructed, 1869~1870, to mark Diamond Shoals. Replaced 1802 structure. — Map (db m29950) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Buxton — B-41 — Diamond Shoals — ···
"Graveyard of Atlantic." German submarines sank over 100 ships here, 1941~ 42, in the "Battle of Torpedo   Junction." Shoals are 3 mi. south. — Map (db m11400) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Buxton — Life at the Light
There have been words written to the effect that the lighthouse keepers and their families had a very lonely life; however, we did not have this experience. In fact, just the opposite would be more apt to apply. The lighthouse was always a favorite . . . — Map (db m88495) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Buxton — PaukenschlagOperation Drumbeat
"The losses by submarines off our Atlantic seaboard and in the Caribbean now threaten our entire war effort." Chief of Staff George C. Marshall, 19 June, 1942 During the first six months of 1942, these beaches revealed crude oil, twisted metal, . . . — Map (db m32129) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Buxton — B-53 — Radio Milestone — ···
From near here in 1902 R. A. Fessenden sent the first musical notes ever relayed by radio waves. Received 48 miles north. — Map (db m11402) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Buxton — B-50 — U.S.S. Monitor — ···
Fought C.S.S. "Virginia" ("Merrimac")   in   first battle of ironclad ships. Lost Dec. 31, 1862, in gale 17 miles southeast. First marine sanctuary. — Map (db m11401) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Duck — Field Research FacilityAdvancing coastal knowledge through observation since 1977
Facilities Welcome to the Field Research Facility (FRF). We were established in 1977 to conduct research to support the US Army Corps of Engineers coastal engineering mission. The FRF is recognized as one of the best places in the world to . . . — Map (db m91761) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Duck — Powder Ridge Club
This club stands as one of the last traces of Duck's rich waterfowl heritage. Built by Wall Street brokers in the 1920's and operated through the 1940's. Distinctive to this club was a unique set of whalebones adorning the front; garnering it the . . . — Map (db m75374) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Frisco — Mitchell Demonstrates Air Power
In September 1923, Brigadier General Mitchell provided a chilling view of the effectiveness of aerial bombardment on surface vessels to skeptical government and military observers. Taking off from his temporary Hatteras Village airfield, Mitchell . . . — Map (db m20353) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Hatteras — America's 1st Attempt at Civil War Reunification
Orchestrated by Union Colonel Rush C. Hawkins, the Hatteras Convention was held nearby on November 18, 1861. The state's secession was declared null and void, Hatteras was proclaimed the capitol and Marble Nash Taylor became provisional governor. . . . — Map (db m46095) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Hatteras — Burnside's Expedition Crossing Hatteras Bar/The Burnside Expedition at Hatteras Inlet
Side A:Burnside's Expedition Crossing Hatteras BarOn January 11, 1862, the Burnside Expedition left for Fort Monroe, Virginia destined for Hatteras Inlet 120 miles to the south. Two days later, the fleet of over eighty vessels was . . . — Map (db m46171) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Hatteras — B-38 — Confederate Forts
Fort Hatteras and Fort Clark, 2 miles s.west, fell to Union troops on Aug. 29, 1861, after two days of heavy naval bombardment. — Map (db m67576) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Hatteras — Flagship USS Minnesota/Hotel de Afrique
Side A:Flagship USS MinnesotaUSS Minnesota, a wooden steam frigate built in 1855, was the flagship for the Atlantic Blockading Squadron commanded by Flag Officer Silas H. Stringham. Seven United States Navy warships bombarded Forts . . . — Map (db m46190) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Hatteras — Fort Clark/The Bombardment of Fort Hatteras
Side A:Fort ClarkHatteras Inlet, defended by Forts Clark and Hatteras, was a strategic port of entry for troops and supplies providing deep water access to the vital intercoastal waterways. In later May of 1881, the Federal Blockade . . . — Map (db m46298) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Hatteras — Maritime Casualties of the American Civil War/Loss of the USS Monitor
Side A:Maritime Casualties of the American Civil WarAfterJan. 15, 1862 - The Graveyard of the Atlantic claims the lives of Colonel J.W. Allen and Surgeon Weller, officers of the 9th N.J. Volunteers, and the second mate of the Ann E. . . . — Map (db m32134) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Kill Devil Hills — 12 Seconds that Changed the World
After more than four years of hard work and experimentation, it only took the Wright brothers 12 seconds to change the world. On December 17, 1903, at 10:35, Orville Wright made the world’s first controlled, powered, heavier-than-air flight. . . . — Map (db m10181) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Kill Devil Hills — 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 . . . — Map (db m10183) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Kill Devil Hills — Big Kill Devil Hill26 Acres of Shifting Sand
Before construction of the memorial could begin, it would be necessary to stabilize the dune from which the Wright Brothers conducted their glider experiments. Twenty-five years of steady winds had moved Big Kill Devil Hill 450 feet southwest of its . . . — Map (db m9768) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Kill Devil Hills — Big Kill Devil HillWright Brothers National Memorial
When the Wright brothers were here, Big Kill Devil Hill—the hill in front of you—was a massive sand dune. Thousands of times, the brothers trekked up this and three nearby dunes to conduct glider experiments. Climbing the hill . . . — Map (db m114493) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Kill Devil Hills — CommemorationWright Brothers National Memorial
On December 17th, 1928, only 25 years after the Wrights achieved flight, three thousand people from over forty nations gathered at this remote place to celebrate the global importance of the birth of flight. The National Aeronautic . . . — Map (db m114485) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Kill Devil Hills — Dare County's Tribute to Veterans
[Center Panel]: “By your courage in tribulation, by your cheerfulness before the dirty devices of this world, you have won the love of those who have watched you.” - Guy Chapman Dedicated: November 11, 1991. [Left . . . — Map (db m9631) WM
North Carolina (Dare County), Kill Devil Hills — Experiments
On the slope of Kill Devil Hill to the left, the Wright brothers experimented with gliders in the period 1900 - 1903. Here also Wilbur Wright failed in an attempted power-driven flihgt, December 14, 1903. After just 3½ seconds in the air the . . . — Map (db m10179) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Kill Devil Hills — Field for Flight
"Isn't it astonishing that all these secrets have been preserved for so many years just so that we could discover them!!" Orville Wright, June 7, 1903 — Map (db m9770) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Kill Devil Hills — First Flights: December 17th, 1903Wright Brothers National Memorial
On this cold and windy morning, the Wrights achieved the world’s first controlled flights. Here, they realized not only their own dream—but also one of humanity’s oldest dreams—to fly! The boulder and numbered markers on the . . . — Map (db m114482) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Kill Devil Hills — Four Powered Flights
The Wright brothers made four successful sustained powered flights the morning of December 17, 1903. The commemorative granite boulder and replica monorail mark the lift-off point of those four flights, the numbered markers the terminating point. . . . — Map (db m9769) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Kill Devil Hills — Getting Off the GroundWright Brothers National Memorial
After four years of scientific research and rigorous experimentation, and with their 1903 Flyer on the rail, the Wrights are set to fly. In unison, they each pull down on a propeller. The engine roars to life and the propellers whip through the . . . — Map (db m114489) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Kill Devil Hills — Kill Devil Hills
"...the sand fairly blinds us. It blows across the ground in clouds. We certainly can't complain of the place. We came down here for wind and sand, and we got them." Letter from Orville Wright to Katharine Wright, October 18, . . . — Map (db m10146) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Kill Devil Hills — Kill Devil Hills Fire Rescue Memorial
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North Carolina (Dare County), Kill Devil Hills — Monument to the Impossible
The Best Design Design competition among 35 entrants was won by Rogers and Poor, a New York Architectural firm. The 60-foot tower, similar to those used to mark courses in air races, embellished with wings on its side and a five-point . . . — Map (db m9715) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Kill Devil Hills — Pitch, Roll and Yaw
At the turn of the century, this large hill and the three hills surrounding it were known as the Kill Devil Hills. Wilbur and Orville Wright performed thousands of experimental glider flights here between 1900 and 1903. The culminatino of those . . . — Map (db m9767) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Kill Devil Hills — The 1901 Glider
"Our first experiments were rather disappointing. The machine ... at times seemed to be entirely beyond control." Orville Wright in a letter to his sister Katharine, July 28, 1901 The 1901 experiments at Kill Devil Hills . . . — Map (db m10149) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Kill Devil Hills — The 1902 Glider
"Our new machine is a very great improvement over anything we had built before and over anything any one has built." Letter from Wilbur Wright to his father, October 2, 1902 The Wrights' experiments with the successful . . . — Map (db m10150) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Kill Devil Hills — The 1903 Flyer
"A couple of small boys, who had come with the men from the station, made a hurried departure over the hill for home on hearing the engine start." Orville Wright, diary D. December 14, 1903 Determined to achieve powered . . . — Map (db m10151) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Kill Devil Hills — The Camp
"We intend to be comfortable while we are here." Wilbur Wright, November 23, 1903 These replica buildings mark the location of the Wright brothers' hangar (left) and living quarters (right) of their 1903 Kill Devil Hills Camp. They also . . . — Map (db m32120) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Kill Devil Hills — The Conquest of the Air
In commemoration of the conquest of the air… Excerpt from the inscription on the monument atop Big Kill Devil Hill From its establishment as a national monument in 1927 to the First Flight Centennial of 2003, the local . . . — Map (db m10185) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Kill Devil Hills — The First Flight
"The flight lasted only 12 seconds, but nevertheless the first in the history of the world in which a machine carrying a man had raised itself by its own power into full flight, had sailed forward without reduction of speed, and had finally . . . — Map (db m31994) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Kill Devil Hills — The First Flight
The First Flight-From a 60-foot wooden track laid on these sands Orville Wright rose into the wind on the morning of December 17, 1903. It was the first time in history that “a machine carrying a man had raised itself by its own power into the . . . — Map (db m62511) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Kill Devil Hills — The First Successful Flight of an Airplane
was made from this spot by Orville Wright December 17, 1903, in a machine designed and built by Wilbur Wright and Orville Wright This tablet was erected by the National Aeronautic Association of the U.S.A. December 17, 1928 to commemmorate . . . — Map (db m114484) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Kill Devil Hills — B-4 — Wright Brothers
On December 17, 1093, from site near foot of Kill Devil Hill, Orville and Wilbur Wright made first successful powered flight 1/5 mile west. — Map (db m9714) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Kill Devil Hills — Wright Brothers National Memorial
Wilbur Wright Orville Wright In commemoration of the conquest of the air by the brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright. Conceived by Genius. Achieved by dauntless resolution and unconquerable faith. — Map (db m10380) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Kitty Hawk — Monument to a Century of Flight
[Marker Front]: Dedicated on November 8, 2003 In celebration of the soaring of the human spirit Created by artists Glen Eure, Hanna Jubran, Jodi Hollnagel Jubran Architect - Benjamin B. Cahoon and presented as . . . — Map (db m10126) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Kitty Hawk — Take a Boy Fishing in North Carolina
945 lb. Atlantic Blue Marlin 6th largest on record when caught on July 28, 1983 aboard the Carolinian Oregon Inlet, NC Captain Tony Tillett, Mate Bull Tolson Angler Zak Garcia, age 14 of Southern Shores, NC Time of . . . — Map (db m76650) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Kitty Hawk — Wright Brothers' Memorial
[Marker Front]: On this spot Sept. 17, 1900 Wilbur Wright began the assembly of the Wright Brothers' first experimental glider which led to man's conquest of the air. [Marker Back]: Sept. 17, 1987 This is a . . . — Map (db m9625) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Manns Harbor — B-52 — Fort Forrest — ···
Confederate, mounting seven guns. Protected west side of Croatan Sound. Destroyed on Feb. 8, 1862. Earthworks stood 1 mile N. — Map (db m11339) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Manns Harbor — Purple Martin Bridge Roost
(panel 1) Welcome to Manns Harbor Purple Martin Bridge Roost The Outer Banks of North Carolina are famous for beautiful beaches and other natural attractions, including a fascinating roost of purple martins here at William B. . . . — Map (db m57094) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Manteo — B-44 — Andrew Cartwright
Agent of the American Colonization Society in Liberia, founded the A. M. E. Zion Churches in Albemarle area. His first church, 1865, near here. — Map (db m9462) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Manteo — BB-4 — Battle of Roanoke Island
At 3 P.M. February 7, 1862, Union forces under Gen. Ambrose Burnside landed at Ashby Harbor (A). By midnight 7,500 Federals were ashore. A Confederate force of 400 men and 3 field-pieces was sent to resist the Federal landing. The Confederates were . . . — Map (db m11386) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Manteo — Bondage
and they made their lives bitter with hard bondage           Exodus 1:14 For the millions of immigrants to this land, America has not been so much a destination as a promise: a promise of equality, a promise of self-determination . . . — Map (db m9670) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Manteo — Bowser Family Cemetery
This marker recognizes the final resting place of Spencer Bowser, the patriarch of a prominent African American family in North Carolina. Also buried here are several other members of the Bowser family, including J.P. Bowser, Lloyd B. Bowser, Q.B. . . . — Map (db m57026) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Manteo — Burnside Expedition of 1862
Much of coastal North Carolina fell to Union forces in 1862. For the duration of the Civil War Northern troops kept a sizable presence in the area. The peculiar geography of the Outer Banks and the sounds region, a damper to antebellum trade, proved . . . — Map (db m56925) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Manteo — B 68 — Civil Air Patrol
Coastal Patrol Base, first in N.C., opened ½ mi. S.E., in 1942. Civilian pilots supported military and patrolled for German U-boats. — Map (db m76772) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Manteo — BBB 3 — Confederate Channel Obstructions
Wood pilings placed to stop Federal fleet in Croatan Sound, still visible at low tide. Remains are 2½ mi. W. — Map (db m4875) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Manteo — Dare County Veterans Memorial1989
In honor of all who served World War I 1917 – 1918 Dennis S. Twiford World War II 1941 – 1945 Thomas C. Fearing M. Blackwell Creef Lawson H. Barnett Charles F. Midgett, Jr. Norman W. Payne James D. . . . — Map (db m79797) WM
North Carolina (Dare County), Manteo — Deliverance
Thus saith the Lord, Let my people go.           Exodus 8:1 The bloodbath called the Civil War had begun and would cost the lives of over 600,000 Americans. As the Union armies advanced south, refugee slaves followed. After the . . . — Map (db m9669) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Manteo — B-1 — First English Colonies
Explored in 1584. Site of first English settlements in new world, 1585-1587. Birthplace of Virginia Dare, first child born of English parents in America. — Map (db m11343) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Manteo — First Light of FreedomThe Freedmen’s Colony of Roanoke Island — National Underground Railroad - Network To Freedom
[obverse:]First Light of Freedom Former slaves give thanks by the creek’s edge at the sight of the island - “If you can cross the creek to Roanoke Island, you will find ‘safe haven’.” [rendering of Edwin Forbes' "The . . . — Map (db m46990) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Manteo — BBB 2 — Fort Bartow
Confederate earth fort mounting nine guns. Bombarded by Federal fleet February 7, 1862. Earthworks 2 ½ mi. W. — Map (db m4874) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Manteo — B-64 — Fort Blanchard
Confederate earth fort mounting four guns. Smallest on Roanoke Island. Surrendered on Feb. 8, 1862. Earthworks are 300 yds. S. — Map (db m4863) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Manteo — B-2 — Fort Huger
Principal Confederate fort on Roanoke Island. Mounted twelve guns. Surrendered Feb. 8, 1862. Earthworks are 100 yards south. — Map (db m4862) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Manteo — B 71 — Freedmen's Colony
The first refugee slave community in N.C. Est. in 1863 by Union troops. It operated until 1867 on land nearby, extending S. — Map (db m76771) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Manteo — Manteo Weather Tower
The US Weather Bureau once used Coastal Warning Display towers such as this one to fly signal flags to warn mariners of wind shifts or approaching storms. On November 10, 1904, the Weather Bureau established the Manteo Weather Station . . . — Map (db m79795) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Manteo — Naval Battle of Roanoke Island
During late January, 1862, a Federal land-sea expedition assembled at Hatteras Inlet to take Roanoke Island and capture control of the North Carolina Sound region. This force was under the joint command of General Ambrose Burnside and navy . . . — Map (db m4828) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Manteo — B-26 — R. A. Fessenden
Inventor. Pioneer in radio communication, conducted wireless experiments, 1901-02, from a station, 600 yds. S. W. — Map (db m9513) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Manteo — Red Wolf Country
(panel 1) Welcome to Red Wolf Country Northeastern North Carolina is Famous for the Outer Banks with its beautiful beaches, but the region has plenty of other natural attractions. Just a short drive inland, you’ll find many more . . . — Map (db m57095) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Manteo — Roanoke Marshes LighthouseCelebrating Manteo's Centennial, 1899 - 1999
"In the years to come, as islanders mingle with visitors along the Manteo waterfront, let us remember that on this spot, where so many vessels have been built and launched, dreams still light the way. For how else can you explain how a lighthouse . . . — Map (db m47013) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Manteo — Spirit of Roanoke Island
Recreating History The Spirit of Roanoke Island, completed in 2000 by volunteers of the North Carolina Maritime Museum on Roanoke Island, is a fine example of the shad boat. A traditional work boat built of juniper (Atlantic white . . . — Map (db m47026) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Manteo — The New Fort in Virginia / Virginia Dare
On this site, in July – August, 1585 (O.S.), colonists, sent out from England by Sir Walter Raleigh, built a fort, called by them “The New Fort in Virginia” These colonists were the first settlers of the English race in . . . — Map (db m9460) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Manteo — The Promised Land
I have caused thee to see it with thine eyes, but thou shalt not go over thither.           Deuteronomy 34:4 The Proclamation of Emancipation gave the military authority to enlist “Such persons of suitable condition…into . . . — Map (db m9671) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Manteo — USLSS/USCG Station Pea Island Memorial1880 - 1947 — [Richard Etheridge, 1842 - 1900]
Located south of Oregon Inlet, Lifesaving Station Pea Island was the only unit in the history of the Coast Guard manned by all Black crews. This marker is dedicated to the crews of Pea Island who risked their lives and endured so that others might . . . — Map (db m48610) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Nags Head — Bodie Island Light Station
Bodie Island Light Station has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior — Map (db m47028) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Nags Head — Giant Bluefin Tuna
NC State Record 805.5 lbs. Caught March 12, 2011, aboard the "Sea Breeze" 40 mi. SE of Oregon Inlet Angler: Corey Schultz Capt: Ned Ashby Mate: George Cecil Mounted by: Gray Taxidermy — Map (db m76735) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Nags Head — B-60 — Port Ferdinando — ···
Roanoke voyages, 1585~1590, based operations at inlet near here. Long closed, it was named for pilot Simon Fernandes. — Map (db m11395) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Nags Head — B-31 — The Wreck of the Huron
Near this spot, Nov. 24, 1877, the U.S.S. "Huron" ran ashore with loss of ninety-eight lives. — Map (db m9667) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Nags Head — B-31 — Wreck of the U.S.S. Huron
Steamer ran aground on November 24, 1877, near here, killing 98. Tragedy led to improvements in U.S. Lifesaving Service. — Map (db m67608) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Pea Island — B-66 — Pea Island Lifesavers
Only U.S. Lifesaving Station manned by black crew. Led by Richard Etheridge, 1880-1900. Operated near here. — Map (db m46140) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Rodanthe — B-30 — "Mirlo" Rescue — ···
A German submarine sank the British tanker "Mirlo" off coast nearby, Aug. 16, 1918. Coast Guard, led by J. A. Midgett, saved most of the crew. — Map (db m11394) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Rodanthe — Charles Kuralt TrailPea Island National Wildlife Refuge
Panel 1 Welcome & Enjoy Your National Wildlife Refuge Pea Island Established in 1938, Pea Island NWR included over 5,800 acres of typical barrier island habitat that has been carefully managed to better provide for the needs . . . — Map (db m76739) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Rodanthe — Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station
Historic Site & Museum National Register of Historic Places — Map (db m76757)
North Carolina (Dare County), Rodanthe — Fish & Wildlife ServiceU.S. Department of the Interior
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is responsible for protecting and conserving our country’s wild birds, mammals and fish for the enjoyment of all people. Cooperating with the states and other countries, the Fish and Wildlife Service carries out . . . — Map (db m76750) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Rodanthe — Gulls and Terns
Gulls and terns are both found in coastal areas, and, sometimes inland near large lakes and rivers. Both species occur in various combinations of white, gray, and black. However, most terns have a distinguishable black cap on their heads and a . . . — Map (db m76752) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Rodanthe — The Chicamacomico Races / Exodus from Chicamacomico
The Chicamacomico Races Soon after the capture of Hatteras Inlet, Union Colonel Rush C. Hawkins anticipated an assault to dislodge his troops from their new foothold on Hatteras Island. He dispatched 600 troops of the 20th Indiana Regiment . . . — Map (db m11489) HM
North Carolina (Dare County), Salvo — The FannyFirst Capture of a Federal Vessel During the Civil War
Late in the afternoon of October 1st, 1861, the Confederate steamers Raleigh, Junaluska and Curlew engaged and seized the Union tug Fanny three miles west of here. Her ammunition and supplies, intended for 600 Union soldiers . . . — Map (db m20426) HM

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