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.”