There have been people shaping the history of the Outer Banks for hundreds of years. Some like the Native Americans and the everyday Bankers lived their lives and passed into the mists of time leaving behind place names and local industries such as fishing. Others like the lightkeepers and surfmen have stood out and made their presence known to the point where history vividly remembers their deeds. Finally, others such as Billy Mitchell and Reginald Fessenden not only impacted the local area but also helped change the world through the experiments they conducted on the seashore’s islands.
Though many of these people have passed on, leaving names, memories, and stories, their impact will continue to influence the area. In time, others will come add their mark on the heritage of the Outer Banks.
Did You Know?
Lightning whelks eat about one large clam per month. The whelk pries the clam open with its muscular foot, wedges the clam open with its shell, then eats the soft inside of the clam. Lightning whelk shells, which whorl to the left, wash up on the beach at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.