A historic marker near the National Park Service docks authenticates Blackbeard's demise on Ocracoke.

 

 
The real Blackbeard will be revealed but the popular myth will be in full display at the First Annual Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree on Ocracoke Island, N.C., Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, 2014.

Ocracoke was a favorite hiding place of Edward Teach, or, Blackbeard.  This is where Lt. Robert Maynard finally located the pirate in 1718. After a ship-board battle of swords, Maynard severed the pirate’s head then took it to Hampton, Va., on the bowsprit his boat.
“We are really excited about this second event after a very successful first year in 2013,” notesDaphne Bennink, owner of The Back Porch and chair the event.  “We’ve had an overwhelming response from the pirate community and local businesses.”
Various pirate reenactors are gearing up to travel to Ocracoke because of the historical significance here for Blackbeard.
“The pirates are excited about coming here because this is a place with authentic Blackbeard history,” says Chip Stevens, owner of Blackbeard’s Lodge and one of the event organizers.
Event-goers will hear information that may change their perception about the nefarious pirate.
Historian-author Kevin Duffus of Raleigh, who has spent years researching the real Blackbeard, will share “myths and facts” during the weekend.
“Blackbeard’s history has been badly distorted,” explains the author of “The Last Days of Black Beard the Pirate.”   His game show-format presentation will kick off the event Friday evening at 7 in the Ocracoke Community Center where attendees can also meet the pirates.
Local business owners are looking forward to the fun.
“This is one of the best family events we’ve had in a long time that celebrates history,” says Sue Pentz, co-owner of the Harborside Motel in the heart of the village and the pirate action. “Last year it was great for everybody. It’s a fun event for all ages.”

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To get to Ocracoke by car you need to ride the ferry from either Hatteras, Swan Quarter or Cedar Island.  The Hatteras ferry is free and crossing take about 1 hour.
The Swan Quarter and Cedar Island ferries charge a $15 fee each way and reservations are strongly suggested either online at www.ncdot.gov/ferry, or by calling: 1-800-BYFERRY.
The current ferry schedule for early fall are here:

http://www.ncdot.gov/download/transit/ferry/ferryschedule.pdf

THIS SCHEDULE WILL CHANGE AT THE END OF SEPTEMBER. Please check back at this site for the October-November ferry schedule.
If you have a private small plane, the Ocracoke airport is open during daylight hours.
By your own boat, there is dockage available at the Anchorage Marina and the National Park Service docks.

 

 

 

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Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, 2014
Ocracoke Island, North Carolina

Chart your course to beautiful Ocracoke Island for the Second Annual Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree and a weekend of swashbuckling fun Oct 31 to Nov. 2. Proud of its rich pirate heritage, the island will celebrate the last days of Blackbeard.
The event kicks off Friday evening Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. in the Ocracoke Community Center where visitors can “meet the pirates,” have a swig of grog and join in “Blackbeard: Fact or Fiction: A Test of Piratical Knowledge” in a game-show format with author-historian Kevin Duffus.
The centerpiece of the Jamboree is a historically accurate pirate encampment from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, by Blackbeard’s Pirate Crew, an 18-member living history organization from Hampton, VA., on the grounds of the historic Wahab House, 161 Irvin Garrish Highway.  Dressed in authentic clothing from the 17th and early 18th centuries, pirates will engage visitors with storytelling, sea chanteys, navigation, seamanship, medicine and more. Kids of all ages can attend the “Scallywag School,” offered two times during day.
Visitors will see demonstrations of vintage black powder weapons and partake in hearty seafarers’ grub and grog.
Throughout the day in several locations in the village, there will be sword fights, roving minstrels, historical talks and more for all ages.
The main event will be the re-enactment of “The Battle at Ocracoke,” taking place at 3 p.m. on the island’s beautiful harbor, Silver Lake. Three ships will re-create the last hours of Blackbeard and his crew as Lt. Robert Maynard brings them to battle with cannons blazing.
Among the professional pirate crews attending will be Sinbad in his Meka II, historic skipjack the Ada Mae, the Shadow Players, the Beaufort Oars in their sloop The Ranger, the Motley Tones minstrels and Chris Suttle as Blackbeard.
A “Brigand’s Bazaar” in Community Square will feature pirate-themed wares for sale–books about Blackbeard, clothing, artwork, pottery and more.
Public parking is available at the NPS Visitors lot at the south end of the island, 4352 Irvin Garrish Highway.  Public restrooms are available at the NPS Visitor’s Center and in Community Square.
Sunday, Nov. 2, will conclude with the pirate march at 10 a.m. to Springer’s Point for a ceremony commemorating the fall of Blackbeard offshore on Nov. 22, 1718.  Pirates and visitors gather outside Blackbeard’s Lodge for the march to the water’s edge.
All visitors are encouraged to get in touch with their inner pirate and wear their best pirate gear.
This is an annual event, on the last weekend in October, leading to the 300th anniversary of Blackbeard’s demise in 2018.
For more information, contact 252-928-3421, or email info@blackbeardslodge.com.  Updates will be posted on the website www.piratejamboree.com and the Facebook page: Ocracoke/Hatteras Pirate Jamboree.

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