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
"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
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
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
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
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
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 m135883) HM
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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 m136217) HM
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
"...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
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
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
"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
"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
"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
"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
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
"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
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
was made from this spot by
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
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
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
945 lb. Atlantic Blue Marlin
6th largest on record when caught on
July 28, 1983 aboard the
Oregon Inlet, NC
Captain Tony Tillett, Mate Bull Tolson
Angler Zak Garcia, age 14
of Southern Shores, NC
Time of . . . — — Map (db m76650) HM
On this spot
Sept. 17, 1900
began the assembly of
which led to man's
conquest of the air.
Sept. 17, 1987
This is a . . . — — Map (db m9625) HM
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
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
and they made their lives
bitter with hard bondage
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
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
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
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
Thus saith the Lord,
Let my people go.
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
[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
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
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
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
"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
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
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
I have caused thee to see it
with thine eyes,
but thou shalt not go over thither.
The Proclamation of Emancipation gave the military authority to enlist “Such persons of suitable condition…into . . . — — Map (db m9671) HM
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
NC State Record
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
Welcome & Enjoy
Your National Wildlife Refuge
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
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
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
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
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