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||The Outer Banks are formed after massive
continental glaciers melted, depositing silt at the shore
as the rivers of ice-melt made their way to the ocean.
Sand washed over the piles of earthen debris to form the
drove the first stake to mark the Carolina-Virginia
border. It was placed three mile northeast of the island.
This left the northern tip of the island in Virginia and
the rest in North Carolina.
it here. Historic marker at the entrance to the
||The first building of
the Knotts Island United Methodist Church was erected.
"A Nor'easter blew in from the North Atlantic. Currituck Banks
(Carova) was buried and salt water intruded the Currituck
Sound. The salt water killed off the fish and the grasses so
the marsh birds had nothing to eat. The storm drowned
livestock, salted the fields, and killed the pines. This dealt a terrible blow to the islanders. 60 years
later, Knotts Islander Henry Ansell wrote, "From this loss to
this day the island has not recovered, nor can it ever
Quoted from "The
Waterman's Song", by David S. Cecelski, published in 2001 by the
University of North Carolina Press.
first Baptist church was built.
Knotts Island Elementary School site
||The current building
of the Knotts Island United Methodist Church was erected.
acres of land, located on the Virginia end of the island was purchased
from Walter W. Craft and the Knotts Island Gunning Club was formed.
Officers from Norfolk were R. D. Cooke, president, John D. Gordan, vice
president and T. S .Garnett, secretary and treasurer. A house on
the property was used as a club house and members hunted from stake
blinds on Back Bay. The charter was dissolved in 1926.
|December 30, 1960
National Wildlife Refuge was established by Congress.
|August 26, 1998
||Hurricane Bonnie, a
Category 3 storm, made landfall on southern North Carolina near Cape
Fear. She loses strength, but after passing over the Albemarle
Sound is again upgraded to a hurricane and passes Over Knotts Island,
damaging homes and leaving the islanders without power for five days.
The North Carolina National Guard set up field kitchens and a generator
so that residents could use the school for showers and water.
Shaun Kane from internet sources.
island now has a helicopter landing pad, capable of supporting
not only the Nightingale Air Ambulance but US Coast Guard
helicopters as well.
Read about it here.
|September 18, 2003
Hurricane Isabel made landfall south of Cape Hatteras. As she
drove northward toward western Maryland, she left a path of
severe damage. Knotts Island received widespread damage
and lost power for four days.
Kane from internet sources.
April 26, 2005
||A young girl was
evacuated to a hospital for emergency medical treatment by Nightingale
Air Ambulance using the
helicopter landing pad located on the grounds of
the community park.
about it here.
||For the first time
since its annual commencement, the Peach Festival was cancelled due to
proposed work on the Corey Ditch Bridge and work on the Currituck Ferry
||Work begins to
replace the bridge over Corey Ditch with a new one. A traffic
light was installed to allow one lane of traffic at one time pass over
the ditch .
||Work begins on the
construction of the new building for Knotts Island Fire Department.
web surfer visited the Knotts Island Site. Knotthead