The path with four stone markers marked the distances of each of the four flights the Wright Brothers took on December 17th, 1903. Even though the first flight only traveled 120 feet and lasted 12 seconds, it changed the world.
The monument was erected to mark the centenary of the first flight and to honor the North Carolinians who assisted the Wrights.
We walked to the wildlife viewing platform but, though we didn't see any wildlife, the stroll along the marshland was wonderful.
Steven and I have always loved the lowland country of the Carolinas with its marshy areas since our first visit.
We had visions that our drive south to Cape Hatteras would be much like this stretch of road with sights of dunes interspersed with ocean views but alas, those were almost non-existent. Instead, we saw one housing development after another and figured the lucky homeowners must have paid exorbitant sums to enjoy their prime real estate.
The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, located about 50 miles south of the Wright Brothers Memorial, was built in 1870.
That evening, we drove over to nearby Roanoke Island, where 116 men, women and children planted 'the roots of English society on the shore of Fort Raleigh in 1587, 20 years before Jamestown.' They eventually came to be known as the 'Lost Colony' as sadly nothing is known of what happened to them.
These small defensive structures, known as earthworks, were commonly built by European expeditions in the late 1500s. The purpose of the earthwork is unknown as it was too small to provide space for all the explorers. Documentation shows the settlers lived in a palisaded fort but it's never been found.