North Carolina Outer Banks Tour Next Month!
e’ve added a brand-new tour to the 2020 lineup that you won’t want to miss! Join us next month in the Outer Banks of North Carolina as we explore a region famous for swashbuckling pirates, hundreds of shipwrecks, great naval battles, and a stunning landscape dotted with 19th century lighthouses.
In the late 16th Century, Sir Walter Raleigh chose Roanoke Island off the coast of North Carolina to plant the first permanent English colony in the New World. When a ship from England arrived some three years later to resupply the colony, no trace was found of the one hundred fifteen men, women, and children who were left there. Together we will explore their disappearance, still one of the most debated and researched of all mysteries in American history.
Two bicycle mechanic brothers from Ohio with ingenuity and indefatigable perseverance searched the U.S. for a private place with lots of wind that would provide the environment to test their invention. Providentially, Kitty Hawk proved to be just that place. In December of 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright made four flights with the first successful airplane, opening a whole new world of aerospace, and changing history forever. We will stand on the very sands where those flights took place and learn the remarkable story of these two men.
Designed and built by a nineteen-year-old engineer/inventor, the CSS Albemarle—the South’s secret weapon—was a powerful ironclad ship that steamed down the Roanoke River in April of 1864 to recapture the town of Plymouth, NC and attack the Union Forces there; she sank two ships and scattered the rest. In the end, Union forces surrendered in this second largest battle of the Civil War in NC. If it’s open, we will see artifacts from the battle at the historical museum there.
Barrier Islands Lighthouses
More than 3,000 shipwrecks spanning five centuries tell the story of the perilous shoals of the barrier islands of North Carolina. Known collectively as “the graveyard of the Atlantic”, they are probably the most treacherous in the U.S. Five beautiful and historic lighthouses still grace the shoreline today, and we will visit the most distinctive and famous of them all—the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, finally silent after 148 years of service. If it opens, we can climb the 257 steps to the balcony!
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This unique and beautiful coastal region has a special providential place in American history and has withstood all the buffets of wind and wave. Join Landmark Events and a small band of like-minded brothers and sisters as we recount the rich and storied history of North Carolina’s Outer Banks.