Town of Nags Head, NC the history and Mystique

The name Nags Head has long been synonymous with the entire Outer Banks for years.  Early vacationers referenced the entire outer banks as "Nags Head".  Whether you were going to Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills or Nags Head, you would tell folks you were heading to Nags Head.

This beach town was the very first vacation spot on the beach, it was originally settled as summer residences for many of the wealthy landowners, farmers, lawyers and doctors from nearby towns in Easter North Carolina.  Towns like Edenton, Elizabeth City, Hertford, Williamston, Windsor, etc.  In the early days the only way to get to the Outer Banks beach houses was by ferry from Elizabeth CIty, later on the the Wright Memorial bridge was built to ease travel.  That bridge was a two lane and it was made of wood and stretched from Currituck County to what is now Kitty Hawk.

The early beach goers built beautiful cedar shake beach homes and cottages on the ocean and sound front.  Many of those historic homes are still on the beach and you can tell by the dark cedar shakes and wrapping porches.  Many are scattered and located across from Jockeys Ridge Sand dune.

The area is rich in history with many tales of pirates and their plundering of ships just off shore on the shallow shoals of the beach.  History says that the pirates would lash a lantern around the neck of a horse (Nag) and walk the beach, while ships offshore would mistake the light for a lighthouse on the horizon.  When the ships would come into the shallow waters it was too late, the pirates would take the vessel and the riches aboard.  Rumor has it that Black Beard buried treasure and lost it under the shifting sands of Jockey ridge (largest living sand dune on the east coast).  

Nags head is known for the beautiful beaches, incredible sunsets, great restaurants and shopping.  It is also the closest town to the offshore fishing grounds of Oregon Inlet and Pirates Cove Marina.  The town borders the Hatteras National Seashore to the South and the Town of Kill Devil Hills to the North. 

This is a great place to own a beach house for both primary use, second home or vacation rental.  Nags Head is still very popular with many of the several million visitors that come to the OBX each year.  

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