Warmed by the Gulf Stream, the North Carolina Coast is a sunny place filled with pristine beaches, giant sand dunes (including Jockey's Ridge, the highest along the East Coast) and wetlands filled with wildlife and a variety of plants. The defining characteristic of the area is the Outer Banks, a chain of fragile barrier islands - 130 miles of unspoiled coastline surrounded by 900 square miles of water.
The area is also full of history dating back to the 16th century and includes the historic lighthouses (including the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, which at 208 feet is the tallest brick lighthouse in the nation). The city of Wilmington is a major US seaport. And, in 1903 the Wright Brothers ushered in the era of flight at Kitty Hawk.
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An historic landmark and one of the most elegant structures in Wilmington, the inn has recently undergone extensive renovations and has been returned to its original "turn-of-the-century grandeur" under the ownership of innkeepers Rich and Marcia Moore. Originally ""The Bridgers Mansion,"Wilmington, NC Historic Homes
Next to the Currituck County Courthouse sits the original Currituck Jail. This jail was built after receiving legislative permission in 1767, burned down in 1808, then was rebuilt in 1857 and is one of the four oldest jails in North Carolina. The jail is a Jacobean brick building 32' X 20'Currituck, NC Pioneer History
Guided tour of the Kenan family ancestral home, a restored Southern plantation of the 1800s. Eleven rooms, 12 dependencies including garden shop, wine cellar, carriage house, servants quarters, chicken house, smokehouse, overseer's cottage, woodshed, tool house, wash shed and necessary house(Kenansville, NC Historic Homes
Heart's Desire Studio & Gallery is a mix of old and new. Artist Mary Bassell combines her own creations of custom stained glass windows, jewelry, paper mache folk art and beach glass jewelry with her love of antiques. The Gallery features a delightful display of Mary'Ocracoke, NC Arts