he waters around the Outer Banks of North Carolina are home to hundreds of shipwrecks and the site for every hurricane that visits the East Coast of the United States. Sir Walter Raleigh chose Roanoke Island as the first place to plant a permanent English Colony in the New World, a location that disappeared into the mists of history, almost without a trace. The outer banks were home to swashbuckling pirates during the heyday of (non-governmental) Piracy in America. During the Civil War, in the very first year of the conflict, the area was chosen as a primary target of Union invasion and conquest. The blockading fleet of the United States Navy anchored off the coast there, losing sailors and ships to the storms, but enjoying the beaches when calm. The first experiments in resettling freedmen during the Civil War took place on these islands. Nearby in Plymouth, NC, a great three-day battle occurred which featured the most powerful Confederate ironclad ship of the War, the CSS Albemarle. It was also the site of the most audacious and heroic raid of the Civil War to destroy that ironclad. The lighthouses built in the 19th Century tried to keep shipping off of the shoals, with remarkable success. The Wright Brothers of Dayton, Ohio chose the sand-dunes of Kitty Hawk to test their crazy idea that man could build and occupy a machine that would fly. Just off these shores, a British warship was sunk in World War II by a German submarine, and all the British sailors are buried in their own cemetery on the island. The region is home to thousands of animal species, especially avian wildlife and is one of the premier national sites for birdwatchers. The unique and beautiful coastal geography, though fragile, has a special providential place in American history and has withstood all the buffets of wind and wave. Thousands of people will not vacation anyplace else in the United States.
This is a car tour, with each family responsible for their own transportation. We will meet at various locations in and around the islands of the Outer banks according to a schedule that will be included in your confirmation. Accommodations and meals are not included in registration, although we will be designating various picnic sites where we can gather for meals and fellowship during the tour.
Food and Fellowship – We’ve rented a house on near the Wright Brothers Monument so we can enjoy an evening of food and fellowship without the present public space constraints. BYO dinner – no mask required.