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Pirates to invade Ocracoke! Arrrggh you ready?

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. 30 to Nov. 1, 2015.

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.
Various pirate reenactors are gearing up to travel to Ocracoke because of the historical significance here for Blackbeard.
“The pirate crews 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.”

Duffus 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. “It’s a fun event for all ages.”

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How to get to Ocracoke

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, or by calling: 1-800-BYFERRY.
The current ferry schedule for early fall are here:
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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