Two days ago I wrote about the village of Waves on Hatteras Island. Waves was originally known as South Chicamacomico. North Chicamacomico is the present-day Rodanthe.
Although I have occasionally wondered how Rodanthe got its name, only recently have I done the research. Like Waves, Rodanthe was named by a post office official (in 1874; Waves was named in 1939). The village (pronounced Roe-DAN-thee) is also a traditional Greek girl's name (pronounced Roe-DAANTH, meaning "rose bud"). No one seems to know which official decided on Rodanthe, or why. This may forever remain a mystery.
Rodanthe is one of a very few US communities that continue to celebrate Old Christmas. Pope Gregory introduced the Gregorian calendar in 1582. England and the American colonies did not adopt the new calendar until 1752. Many residents of the Outer Banks resisted the change. One Ocracoke Island family continued to celebrate Old Christmas (January 5) into the twentieth century. The village of Rodanthe celebrates Old Christmas even now. Perhaps I will write a blog post about the celebration in December.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the Hurricane House and the Hurricane Boards. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news072112.htm.