The Bonner Bridge was opened today after two years of construction! Vehicles can now travel from Nags Head to Hatteras Island on the brand new bridge! The Herbert C. Bonner bridge is an Outer Banks historical staple. Here’s a quick run down of fast facts that you need to know about the brand new replacement bridge!
1 // Construction on the new bridge began in March 2016.
2 // The new bridge is about 2.8 miles long, rises 90 feet over Oregon Inlet and cost $252 million dollars.
3 // The new bridge is expected to last 100 years.
4 // The original Herbert C. Bonner Bridge was officially opened in 1963 and allowed access to Hatteras Island by vehicle rather than ferry.
5 // An informal ceremony was held for pedestrian walking and running was held on February 9th.
6 // The old bridge was only expected to last for 20 years, but survived harsh elements for 56.
6 // 1,000 feet of the original bridge will still be used as a pedestrian walkway.
7 // A formal dedication to the new bridge will be held on April 2nd.
8 // The new replacement bridge has not be named yet, but could be decided at the state Board of Transportation meeting happening in Raleigh next week.
9 // The new bridge is the first in the state to be built with stainless reinforcing steel. The steel will protect the bridge against the salt water.
The town of Corolla (properly pronounced Cor-RAH-lah), is a small town on the Outer Banks full of history. Now known for it’s wild horses, 4 x 4 beaches, and amazing vacation homes, Corolla was once a quaint village that was unrecognizable to what it is today!
Native American tribes called Currituck home. The barrier island of what is now Corolla was used for fishing and hunting. Europeans began settling in the area and resided on the mainland in the late 1600’s.
By the mid-1800’s, there were several communities on the island. By 1873, the Currituck Beach Lighthouse was set to be built. The lighthouse was lit on December 1st, 1875 and the U.S. Lifesaving Service was in full effect.
Corolla has been home to wild horses for over 500 years! The horses can be dated back to the voyage of the colony known now as the Lost Colony. The expedition was led by Sir Richard Grenville in 1587. With so much equipment being brought to the new world, ships had to lighter their load in order to stay afloat in the shallow, Carolina waters. Livestock, including the Spanish mustangs had to be sacrificed. It is thought that the horses that roam the beaches in Corolla are direct descendants of the voyage of 1587!
Corolla maintained it’s long reputation as a hunting and fishing community. In 1922, what is now known as the Whalehead club, was built by Edward and Marie-Louise LeBel Knight. The home provided work opportunities for Corolla residents as caretakers and hunting guides for the Knight’s and their guests.
During World War II, the Whale Head Club was leased to the United States Coast Guard to aid in patrol of German U boats. After the war, the population of Corolla dwindled significantly. In the 1950s, the population became so low the school closed and the church remained empty. By the 1970’s, only 15 people lived in the village.
The number of year round residents in Corolla is about 500 people. During the summer, the population can be more than 50,000 a week! People are attracted to this quaint town because of it’s beauty, vast beaches, and rich history! Rest, relaxation, and amazing food can be found all over Corolla.
Plan your next Outer Banks vacation! Visit the amazing, historical, and beautiful town or Corolla. With over 120 properties located in Corolla, Resort Realty has a vacation home that is sure to suit you and your family! Visit our website, browse the properties, and book your stay online! You can also call us at 1-800-458-3830 and one of our amazing vacation reservation specialists will be happy to assist you!
Almost everyone knows who the Wright Brothers are and how much they contributed to the science of aviation. Not everyone knows however that the first flight in took place right here on the Outer Banks! On December 17th, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright made history with the first successful powered airplane flight.
The first flight actually took place in Kitty Hawk even though the park and the memorial are both located in Kill Devil Hills. Wilbur and Orville chose Kitty Hawk because of the tall sand dunes and high winds would give them enough lift and all of the sand would allow a soft place to land. On the day of December 17th, 1903, 5 other people witnessed the first flight. Adam Etheridge, John T. Daniels, Will Dough, W.C. Brinkley, and Johnny Moore. John T. Daniels took the now famous photo of the first flight. Statues of all 7 people on this historic day are actually at the Wright Brothers Memorial in Kill Devil Hills!
– Orville Wright was the first brother to fly the glider because of a coin toss
– The Wright Flyer flew at 10:35 AM and was airborne for 12 seconds before landing
– The first flight spanned 120 feet
– After the first flight in 1903, the Wright Flyer was destroyed by a strong gust of wind
– Wilbur is the oldest out of the two brothers
– John Daniels had never seen a camera before taking the photo of the first flight; in fact, he was so excited of what he was seeing he almost forgot to take the photo
Whether you know it or not, the Outer Banks is full of a ton of history and folklore. This includes some pretty scary stories. Halloween is here! So we’ve come up with 5 of the spookiest, most famous ghost stories of the Outer Banks! Read on if you dare!
The Black Pelican is known today as one of the most delicious oceanfront restaurants on the Outer Banks. However, the Black Pelican has a rich history. This popular restaurant was once Station Six, one of the lifesaving stations built on the Outer Banks.
In 1884, the keeper of Station Six, Captian James Hobbs had an argument with a surfman named T.L. Daniels. T.L. had offended Captain Hobbs’ wife so badly, the Captian shot T.L. dead. After the incident, the crew of Station 6 cleaned up and buried T.L.’s body at sea. The spirit of T.L. still lives on at Black Pelican today. Staff have reported seeing a figure around the restaurant, hearing footsteps, and doors closing on their own.
Edward Teach was a fearsome and ruthless pirate. You may know him better by the name of Blackbeard. Blackbeard called the island of Ocracoke his hideout and looting grounds for many years. On November 22, 1718, Blackbeard met his fate at the hand of Lt. Robert Maynard, giving the name Teach’s Hole to the cove where he was defeated.
As proof of defeat, Lt. Maynard severed Blackbeard’s head and hung it from the bow of his ship. His body was thrown overboard. Legend is, Blackbeards’ head was still screaming after the beheading and his body swam around the ship before death. There have been stories of a headless body swimming in the cove at Teach’s Hole and a headless Blackbeard walking around searching for his head.
Many locals and visitors know about the mystery of the Lost Colony. 110 men, women, and children came to Roanoke Island from England to start a new life. Supplies ran short and the colony mysteriously disappeared after three years. Speculations have been made but no one knows for sure where the colony went, and the colony is now best known as The Lost Colony.
Virginia Dare is documented as the first English Child to be born in the new world. She was one of the members of the Lost Colony. Legend states that Virginia was transformed into a white doe after death by a Native American shaman. The ghost of Virginia Dare roams Roanoke Island still today in the form of a glowy white doe; seen every now and then by locals and visitors.
The coast of the Outer Banks has been named the Graveyard of the Atlantic for a reason. Thousands of ships have wrecked since the 16th century. The dangerous rocks make the waters hard to navigate and can destroy ships. Storms that pass can close inlets, open up new inlets, or even make seemingly passable inlets too narrow for ships to pass. The inlets had become such a problem that lighthouses were built to guide ships and the U.S. Lifesaving Service was initiated to save lives and coastlines from wrecks.
To this day, reports have been made of seeing ghost ships sailing on the waters. Sounds of drowning and ghastly screaming have also been heard.
Oh, Mr. Roscoe; previous owner of the Roanoke Island Inn. He was everyone’s favorite postmaster…until the day he lost his job in the 1800’s. Roscoe was so humiliated that he lost his job, he secluded himself from his friends and family. He never left his room except if he knew no one was around. Years later, Roscoe’s time came to an end and strange events began.
People at the Roanoke Island Inn would sometimes see a man in a post uniform leaving and returning to the house. Some report seeing a tall figure climbing the stairs. Other reports include footsteps in room number seven, blinds moving in windows, a radio turning on by itself in room number three, and vases breaking.
The Outer Banks is definitely a unique place, from the wild horses that roam our beaches to the vast history stemming from the Lost Colony and ending with our locals. If you’ve ever really listened to a born and raised Outer Banks local, you’ll notice a slight accent. A mix of southern twang with a little something you can’t really put your finger on. The Brogue dialect of the Outer Banks is a combination of good old southern drawl mixed with the remnants of old English pronunciations and terms that you probably haven’t ever heard in your life! So, we’ve given you a short list of pronunciations commonly used Outer Banks terms, words and their meanings so you can keep up with the locals and learn something new!
The Brogue dialect of the Outer Banks is a combination of good old southern drawl mixed with the remnants of old English pronunciations and terms that you probably haven’t ever heard in your life! So, we’ve given you a few commonly used Outer Banks pronunciations, terms, words and their meanings so you can keep up with the locals and learn something new!
(High tide on the sound side)
How locals (usually born and raised Ocracoke natives) pronounce the phrase “high tide on the soundside”; describing that the tide is high on the sound side of the island.
Northernmost Outer Banks town; home to the wild horses that roam the beaches
To be worn out and tired or to mess something up
“I’ve been out on the beach all day, I’m pure mommucked” or “She really mommucked up that cake”
When the water is flat and glassy; no wind at all
“The water is so pretty when it’s slickcam”
(pie-zir) – Porch
“It’s a nice night to sit out on the pizer”