The story of the anniversary of Orville and Wilber's Flight at Kitty Hawk includes Elizabeth City. Wilber traveled on the Norfolk-Southern to Elizabeth City because it was the rail head (the end of the line) and served as the gateway to North Carolina. To get from here to the Kitty Hawk, he hired a boat from captain Israel Perry and the trip took 4 days. Orville joined his brother about 2 weeks later.
They returned Elizabeth City fairly often to get supplies as it was the only urban center of activity at the turn of the century.
Three years ago, the Elizabeth City FIrst Leg of Flight Committee began placing historical markers around town where the Wright brothers visited, bought materials etc. The markers includ the former train depot, the Arlington Hotel site, Mariner's Wharf, the former site of The North Carolinian on Main Street, the site where the Kramer Mill Company stood, the former N.G. Grandy Co., and the Tar Heel newspaper building.
The trail also includes information about the tours of TCOM (lighter than air manufactuer)south of Elizabeth City on the Pasquotank, and the Coast Guard station which is also on the Pasquotank.
Phone: City 252-338-3981
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When we first came to Elizabeth City in November of 2000, this building was under construction. I see it sticking up on the other side of the double bascule bridge pictures I have from that year. The next year (2001) it was still under construction, and it wasn't open in 2002 when we came down by car. I thought surely it would be open when we got here in 2003, but Noooo.
I asked someone, and they said the new museum ran out of funds and probably would never be completed.
So this museum isn't 'off-the-beaten-track' for anyone but boat people. It is at 1116 US 17 south
The museum displays artifacts depicting the history of the region, including "Oceans, Sounds, Rivers and Swamp, Natives, Settlers, Pirates and Soldiers, Farms, Ships, Planes and Decoys." There is also a gift shop.
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 9-5;
Sunday, 2-5 Allow at least half an hour
Closed Mondays and state holidays
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