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Travel Tips for History Buffs in Outer Banks: 6 Things to Do on NC Island Vacation

By    |   Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015 01:29 PM

The Outer Banks of North Carolina is filled with echoes of the past, so history lovers need just a few travel tips and a little push to find their way to the area's historical museums, mysteries, re-creations, sailing ships, and tours.

Here are some ideas to explore the past:

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1. One of the great historical mysteries in the Outer Banks area is that of a group of 117 colonists who settled there in the 1500s. Hailing from England, the group included John White, who brought with him his pregnant daughter, Elizabeth Dare, and her husband. Dare had her baby, Virginia Dare, the first English child born on American soil, according to an Outer Banks website.

White returned to England to get supplies, but when he got back to the area, the entire colony had disappeared. It was never determined what happened to them. In the summer, a symphonic drama, "The Lost Colony," is performed on Roanoke Island and is well worth your time.

2. A visit to the Outer Banks’ lighthouses will stimulate your interest in nautical history. The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, with its distinctive barber pole-red striping, is one of the most well-known in the country.

But it’s also worth exploring the Currituck Beach Lighthouse and the Bodie Island Lighthouse. The Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse contains exhibits about Roanoke Island’s maritime history.

3. The Outer Banks History Center on Roanoke Island is a great opportunity for historians to explore historical papers and archives (advance notice is often needed, so plan ahead) in collections like coastal military operations. It also has a gallery with exhibits that change throughout the year.

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4. Mix your love of history with aviation and you’ll find yourself at the Wright Brothers National Memorial, learning about that first flight made by the famous pair. The Millennium Museum celebrates the past 100 years of aviation history.

5. At Roanoke Island Festival Park, visitors will see costumed players, the Elizabeth II, a 1500s sailing ship, and numerous other activities that appeal to adults and children. A recreation of the settlement site will make you grateful for modern conveniences, showing the canvassed tents and rough cottages that the 1585 settlers lived in and the straw mattresses where they slept, and you can even try on some of the 16th-century armor.

The Roanoke Adventure Museum in the park puts it all together, tracing the history of the area's development.

6. Take a history tour offered by Outer Banks businesses. One is billed as time travel and a chance to bury yourself in 400 years of history in one day. The tours often include the Elizabethan Gardens, a horticultural homage to the area's settlers, and "The Lost Colony" performance.

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