Life of the Cape Hatteras Lightkeeper

Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a lightkeeper? The position of lightkeeper was to keep the light station in tip-top condition and keep watch for ships passing by the Diamond Shoals. The lightkeeper’s had a list of duties that needed to be done, including carrying fuel up to the lantern room and refueling the lamp, regularly cleaning and polishing the lenses, windows, brass and tools, lighting and extinguishing the lamp daily, monitoring the light at night, painting, greeting visitors and keeping records and reports. As the light station grew, so did the number of staff. Along with the lightkeeper, their families lived at the station in the keeper’s quarters. The families had to be self-sufficient and grew most of their own food and kept live stock on the grounds around the lighthouse. As most lighthouses are isolated, the keeper’s families of the Cape Hatteras lighthouse were lucky to be close to town and other people. Pictured is the last Principal Keeper, Unaka Jennett…

Easter Weekend Activities & Events

Spring has sprung on Hatteras Island! 

This weekend will host many different events for both kids and adults. If you're here for the Easter Holiday or Spring Break, check out all the fun island happenings below. 

10AM - 4PM: Island Art Show @ Rodanthe,Waves,Salvo Community Building
Come Celebrate Outer Banks Art!Over 20 local Outer Banks artists and crafters will be showing and selling their work. Everything from fine local art & prints to wood works, surf art, sea glass jewelry, handmade bath & body products, photography, and more! Live music and live art - “Paint a Shake” with Chicamacomico Life Saving Station – will be happening as well.Each Island Art Show has been/will be a Benefit for a different local community cause/organization. 

Noon - 4PM: Hoppy Easter @ Pangea Tavern 
Hatteras Realty has partnered with that krew at Pangea Tavern for our 2nd Annual Hoppy Easter Event! The afternoon includes a visit from the Easter Bunny with photo ops, egg hunt, adult b…

Ocracoke Express: New Passenger Ferry


Holiday Events for December

"The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear!" - Buddy the Elf

Come spread some Christmas Cheer this holiday season on Hatteras Island!

Saturday, December 9th
9am - Noon Annual Winter Climb @ Cape Hatteras Lighthouse - Buxton
Join us for a FREE winter climb of the lighthouse!

Noon - 12th Annual Holiday at the Museum @ Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum
Children and adults will marvel at the winter wonderland display at the museum. Live entertainment, crafts, and refreshments will be available. At 2pm join us for the parade and head back to the museum after for announcements on parade float winners, fresh baked cookies, and activities for the kiddos! 

2pm - Happy Fishmas - Parade Get Together @ Lee Robinson General Store - Hatteras Village
Join us for our annual get together on the lawn as we cheer on our parade! Hot dogs, cookies, and refreshments for the whole family. After a busy year it will be a great time to reconnect and being our Holiday Season!…

Thanksgiving Week Events

The holidays are officially upon us! Spend time with your family and friends enjoying all the delicious food and fun activities for all ages.

November 18th
10am - 2pm Holiday Craft Show & Bake Sale @ Buxton United Methodist Church
This annual show will host local crafers and artist offering their creations, as well as homemade cakes, pies, cookies, and confections made by the ladies of the church. Hot dogs and soup will be available for lunch. Pick up some unique gifts for the holidays or a yummy desert for Thanksgiving dinner! The church is located across from the Cape Hatteras Secondary School.

November 20th
5:30pm - Thanks For Giving Yoga @ Spa Koru
Spa Koru's annual "Thanks for Giving Yoga" class will be held in our studio on Nov 20th at 5:30pm. This class is friendly for all levels and is open to the public. All we ask is that you bring nonperishable food items to the class, for the Hatteras Island Food Pantry.

November 21st
2pm - Beach Apparatus Drill @ Chicamaco…

Maritime History & Mystery: Theodosia Burr


Spooky Fun For All Ages!

Saturday, October 28th
3rd Annual Halloween Costume Party @ Turner's High Moon Bar
Kick off Halloween early at Turner's! This year's theme will be Circus Freak Show. Come dressed to impress as your favorite freak show character for your chance to win prizes. Local band Waterhigh will be performing. Must be 21+ to attend.

Tuesday, October 31st
Koru Village Trunk or Treat @ Koru Beach Klub Parking Lot
Dress the kiddos up their Halloween costumes and come "trunk or treat" in this safe environment. Participants will decorate the trunks of their cars in fun and festive decor and hand out candy to the little ones.

Hatteras Village Trunk or Treat @ Village Center (By the Library/Fire Department)
Beginning at 5pm with hot dogs and hamburgers at the Hatteras Volunteer Fire Department. Bring the kiddos in their costumes for a bite to eat and then hit up the festive decor of the "Trunk or Treaters" vehicles for goodies and sweet treats!

HFFC 6th Annual Trunk or T…