Lost Colony Expedition Findings Presentation

Scott Dawson, a Hatteras Island native and historian, will present the 2010 Lost Colony expedition findings on February 25th, 2011 at the Avon Firehouse (40159 Harbor Road) at 6 p.m.

The fate of the Lost Colony is considered the oldest American unsolved mystery. Dawson believes that the colony traveled from Roanoke Island to Hatteras Island in 1587. Dawson solicited archaeological expertise from the University of Bristol in England. The university sent a team in November of 2010 to research an area in Buxton that Dawson believed was a site of an Indian village. The team found a mix of Native American and English artifacts dating back as far as the 17th century. The archaeologists have not yet published their findings or determined whether any of the artifacts are connected to the Lost Colony. The archaeological team will continue their research in March and April of 2011 in Buxton and Frisco.

The presentation will include a slideshow of pictures from the research and Dawson will reveal several discovered artifacts. The event, hosted by the Kinnakeet Civic Association, is free and open to the public. A potluck dinner will precede the presentation.
For more information please see the article published in Virginia Pilot by Erin James entitled “Hatteras historian to present Lost Colony findings“.


Well-preserved ship remnants found on Hatteras Island

The remnants of a previously unknown shipwreck were uncovered last week on an isolated soundside beach of Hatteras Island. According to an article from The Virginia Pilot, the vessel’s age and origin will have to wait for historians and scientists to be analyzed. To read more about this exciting discovery click here.

For more information on Outer Banks shipwrecks, ghost stories, Cape Hatteras light keepers, and innovators of this stretch of North Carolina coastline visit the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras where you will find maritime history and folklore. With hundreds of shipwrecks off of Buxton’s treacherous Diamond Shoals, the museum explores these dangerous waters, and recounts the tales of the heroes who thrived along North Carolina’s Outer Banks.


Visit the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

One of the must do things on Hatteras Island is a trip to the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum which holds some of America’s most important maritime history. The museum preserves Outer Banks maritime history and shipwrecks from the earliest periods of exploration and colonization to the present day.

The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is a public, non-profit, educational institution and it is part of the North Carolina Maritime Museum System within the State History Museums, Division of Archives and History, Department of Cultural Resources. The museum preserves, researches, exhibits and interprets its collections for the benefit of the general public and specialized audiences. For more information on what you might find and learn at the museum visit www.graveyardoftheatlantic.com.


'Know Your Park' Citizen Science Program

Did you know that Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands were the place for several key Civil War milestones?

Some of those events included:

• July 10, 1861: The first hostile shots fired by the U.S. Navy at Southern-held territory on the oceanfront — The side-wheel steamer-boat Harriet Lane shelled Fort Hatteras and Fort Clark at Hatteras Inlet;
• July 21, 1861: The first true naval engagement –The USS Albatross fought the North Carolina steamer Beaufort off Oregon Inlet;
• August 28, 1861: The first amphibious landing – Union troops came ashore to capture Fort Hatteras;
• October 1, 1861: The first capture of a United States vessel–Confederate forces captured the Union tug Fanny in the Pamlico Sound; and
• November 18, 1861: The first provisional Unionist government within a seceded state was formed at Hatteras; it consisted of two men and did not last long.

To learn more about these Civil War events attend the National Park Service Outer Banks Group Know Your Park citizen science program series with a presentation from Civil War historian Drew Pullen on Monday, February 28th at the Fessenden Center in Buxton at 7:30 p.m. and on Tuesday, March 1st at the Ocracoke Community Center at 7:30 p.m. The program is free and will last approximately 1 hour. For more information visit nps.gov.

You can also register for the Civil War Sesquicentennial Event programs planned for the summer of 2011 on Hatteras Island by visiting http://www.flagsoverhatteras.com/index.htm.


Flags over Hatteras Events

Step back in time to experience first hand the history of the Civil War on Hatteras Island and to explore your family’s Civil War heritage by planning a week on Hatteras Island for the Civil War Sesquicentennial Event. This one hundred and fiftieth anniversary to commemorate the events that occurred on Hatteras Island in August of 1861 will be held August 21 to August 28, 2011. There will be three different events during that week:
1.The Blue-Gray Reunion (August 22-August 24, 2011)
2.The Civil War Conference (August 25-August 27, 2011)
3.Living History Programs (August 27-August 28, 2011)

The Blue-Gray Reunion is by invitation only to descendents of soldiers who participated in the action at Hatteras Inlet (Confederate and Union) in August of 1861. This event will provide an opportunity to meet descendants of men your ancestor served with or fought against during “The Battle of Fort Hatteras and Fort Clark,” “The Capture of the Fanny” and “The Chicamacomico Races” August – October 1861. The reunion will be at the Hatteras village Civic Center in Hatteras starting August 22 to August 24, 2011. Activities will include sharing information about your ancestor, memoirs, journals, photos and related relics or artifacts. There is no registration fee for this event, but you are encouraged to register for the event committee to know how many attendees to expect.

The Civil War Conference
will feature three nationally known Civil War authors and scholars: James M. McPherson, Ed Bearss and Craig L. Symonds. Each evening (August 25-August 27, 2011) one of them will give their talk following dinner at the Hatteras Village Civic Center in Hatteras. The registration fee is $175 which includes 3 dinners, 3 nationally known speakers, refreshments, additional speakers and power point presentations, Civil War exhibits, collections, ‘Living History’ programs, Civil War music and ‘Monument Dedication’. Attendance is open to the general public and registration is limited to 250 attendees.

Additional speakers during the conference include:
Dr. Patricia Click (professor at the University Of Virginia), Harold (Harri) Jones, (Curator of the African American Civil War Memorial & Museum) KaeLi Schurr (Curator of the Outer Banks History Center), Joseph Schwarzer (Director of the N.C. Maritime Museums), Col. Gary Riggs, (CSA Medical Authority), Drew Pullen (local historian), Danny Couch (local historian), Gerald Roxbury (Civil War Confederate cutlasses authority) and ‘Dirty Billy’ (Hatter, hand crafted period head wear).

The Living History Programs
will be held at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse grounds from Saturday, August 27th, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM to Sunday, August 28, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. These programs will feature re-enactors of the regiments involved in the action at Hatteras Inlet in August of 1861. These re-enactors will present artillery demonstrations, encampments, drills and period music. In addition, a civil war era’ Ladies Fashion’ show will be presented as well as an actual Civil war era forge. These programs are free of charge and are open to the public.

For more information and registration visit www.flagsoverhatteras.com.


Picture of the Week

Hatteras Island is where dreams come true!
Photo submitted on Facebook by Judy Wood Brown. This is what she said about her horseback riding experience on Hatteras Island: “Like a dream come true. Something that I thought I would never get to do…and did! This was my 2nd ride with Equine Adventures…I just had to share the joy with my Mom!”
You too can enjoy this unique experience by making a reservation with Equine Adventures at 252-995-4897. You can also take advantage of the discount offered by booking with us this Valentine’s Day with the “We ? Hatteras Island Valentine’s Package“!


We ? Hatteras Island Valentine’s Package

Surf or Sound Realty wants you to discover all there is to LOVE about Hatteras Island when you book a Valentine’s stay with us. Book your stay at any of our beautiful Hatteras Island vacation rental homes for 4 nights, Saturday 2/12 through Tuesday 2/15, for 25% off of the non-discounted weekly rate PLUS these extras:

• $20 off Horseback Riding on the Beach with Equine Adventures in Frisco
• 10% off Dinner at Finnegan’s Restaurant in Buxton
• FREE Power Kite Lesson with Kitty Hawk Kites in Rodanthe
• FREE “I ? HI” Euro Sticker
• 4 nights on peaceful Hatteras Island with someone you love.

Create the best memories this Valentine’s day with the one you love the most by enjoying our one-of-a-kind Hatteras Island package. Explore the beauty of Hatteras Island from a unique perspective while horse back riding through the only Maritime Forest on the Outer Banks and on the Cape Hatteras beaches with Equine Adventures. Please make your reservations early by calling 252-995-4897.
Continue your getaway with a lunch or dinner at Finnegan’s restaurant in Buxton located across from the entrance to the lighthouse with menu options like U-boat sandwiches and pizza for lunch or seafood and beef for dinner.

Next, explore adventures offered by Kitty Hawk Kites located in Rodanthe. You can start with the free power kite lesson which will teach you how to handle a power kite that will offer a great foundation for your future endeavors in kiteboarding, landboarding, kite buggying, and snowkiting. Call Kitty Hawk Kites at 252-305-2629 to reserve your lesson today!

We hope you enjoy this time on Hatteras Island and come back for Valentine’s Day year after year. To book your reservation online visit us at www.surforsound.com and use the promotion code VAL2011 in the field provided during the booking process to get your Valentine’s Day package. Also you can call 1-800-237-1138 or email rent@surforsound.com for more details. Continue to share the love at www.facebook.com/surforsound.com.