Interestingly, there was also a Freedman's settlement here during the civil war for escaped slaves. Anyone who made it to the island was safe.
Just south of here is another of the Outer Banks lighthouses--the Bodie Lighthouse. Notice the black and white stripes on this one are horizontal? I was there on the first day it had opened for the season and climbed to the top. It had been completely restored and had been closed for the past three years, so I was lucky to be there at the right time.
The last day in Roanoke, I headed north past Kitty Hawk on my way to Virginia Beach. I know now why the Wright brothers chose this place to fly their plane for the first time--there is always a strong wind! Anyway, here is the hill (sand dune) that the brothers used to launch their practice glides. The actual flights were done on the flatter area in the foreground. Very, very cold that day, and of course, windy, so I visited the museum and just drove around the hill. Brrrr.