• Spring-time view of the seashore, with shorebirds returning to the surf.

    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center Closed Due to Fire Damage

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Date: July 21, 2011
Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-473-2111

Superintendent Mike Murray announced today the Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center will be closed until further notice. A mid-morning fire in an air handling unit motor at the facility was extinguished and there were no injuries reported. All staff and park visitors were evacuated from the building. The Kill Devil Hills and Colington Fire Departments responded.

The park, including the Wright Brothers Pavilion with interpretive exhibits, remains open to visitors. The building where the fire occurred will require clean up and repair of damage and debris and a thorough assessment of the condition of cultural artifacts. The building is expected to be reopened in several days.

 

Did You Know?

This artist's rendering shows the U.S.S. Monitor foundering in a storm off of Cape Hatteras in December 1862.

The U.S.S. Monitor sank off Cape Hatteras during a storm in December 1862. The wreck's location was a mystery until 1973 when a research vessel found the ship 16 miles off the cape in 230 feet of water. In 1975, the Monitor was named the nation’s first National Marine Sanctuary.