On November 22nd 1718 the infamous "Blackbeard the Pirate" was beheaded at Ocracoke. Gov. Spotswood of Virginia sent a ship led by Lt. Robert Maynard to find the pirate and his crew and kill or capture them and that they did. After a fierce battle at what is now called Teachs' Hole, Blackbead was beheaded and his body thrown overboard. As Capt. Rob Temple tells it, Blackbeards' boby swam seven times around the ship trying to find the head. Well whether that's true or not, an Ocracoke legend was born on that day and on this day Blackbeard ( otherwise known as Edward Teach ) is 287 years dead.
Our current monthly Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Ocracoke's Street Names, published November 19, 2005. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news111905.htm.