Ocracoke Island - HauntedHouses.com
Ocracoke Island is only accessible by a state owned ferry or by boat.
Ocracoke Island is part of the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and is located on the southern most part of Cape Hatteras National Seashore. By Springer's point, there is a channel, called Teach's Hole, which connects the Atlantic Ocean and Ocracoke Inlet with the deeper waters of Pamlico Sound.
The rough waters of Ocracoke Island, NC. Here is where Edward Teach, otherwise known as Blackbeard held anchorage before setting out to terrorize Atlantic merchant vessels. His favorite spot to put down anchor was in the channel, known as Teach's Hole.
There is a small beach side forest along the shore of Ocracoke Island, adjacent to “Teach’s Hole,” the deep-water anchorage where Blackbeard was killed in 1718. This area, called the “Point,” is lonely and silent today. Visitors will discover ancient live oaks and cedars forming a protective canopy above the low dunes in this forlorn place. Close to the shoreline everything seems sculpted by the indomitable winds. Bleached shells and bones of shorebirds with regularity are deposited upon the sandy beach and life goes on.
Today Teach’s Hole is a shop where you can buy all things Pirate. It even includes a life size replica of what Blackbeard was believed to have looked like – though we would suggest venturing down to the Point if you want a ghostly look!
DESCRIPTION OF BLACKBEARD:
The wicked pirate Blackbeard, who in real life was Edward Teach, was a tall man with a very long black beard that hid most of his face and extended down to his waist. He is often associated with the meanest of the Pirates in history and one without mercy to have wrecked havoc on the brave seafarers during The Golden Age of Pirates.
We have all heard of pirates and Blackbeard was probably the greatest of them all. Blackbeard painted an intimidating picture: he tied his beard up in pigtails adorned with black ribbons. He wore a bandolier over his shoulders with three braces of pistols and was reported to hang two slow-burning cannon fuses from his fur cap that wreathed his head in black smoke. Occasionally, he would set fire to his rum using gunpowder, and he would drink it, flames and all. Others claimed he would fight with matches lit in his beard to strike fear in the heart of his enemies. It would be hard not to believe as many did, Blackbeard was the Devil incarnate.
Blackbeard was a master of intimidation. With fire in his eyes; a brace of pistols, daggers, and a cutlass at his side; slow burning fuses protruding from under his tri-cornered hat; and his thick black beard was often tangled and decorated with red ribbons. It is said that Teach sent most merchant captains scurrying to raise the white flag at the mere sight of him.
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