Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center Closed Due to Fire Damage
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?
In the 1700s, Ocracoke Inlet was one of the busiest inlets in the East. It was one of the few navigable waterways for ships accessing inland ports such as Elizabeth City, Edenton or New Bern. It was here that Blackbeard the pirate found the inlet's heavy shipping traffic ripe for easy pickings.