This is not a fake news story

Wright Brothers National Memorial
Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, NC

The Wright Brothers National Memorial will be free to the public on 10 days in 2017. In case you don’t believe me and think this must be a fake news story, check out the park’s press release that was published yesterday.

The 10 fee-free days are:

  • January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • February 20: Presidents Day
  • April 15-16 & April 22-23: National Park Week weekends
  • August 25: National Park Service birthday
  • September 30: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11-12: Veterans Day weekend

Visitor Center at Wright Brothers National Memorial to be rehabilitated

According to a National Park Service press release, the Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center will be undergoing a multi-year rehabilitation starting this November. The project, including the design and installation of upgraded exhibits, is expected to be completed in the summer of 2018.

Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center
Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center – Photo: RadioFan

A temporary visitor center will be opened during the rehabilitation project. The Visitor Center was designated a National Historic Landmark on January 3, 2001.

Hurricane Matthew was a jerk!

Hurricane Matthew caused some structural damage to our new home construction site. The wet ground and heavy winds resulted in three large pine trees falling on and near the house.

We didn’t suffer through flooding like Hatteras Island, Ocracoke Island, and inland areas of North Carolina, so we’re grateful we only have to deal with the structural damage to the unfinished house and construction delays caused by the storm.

National Park Service announces the reopening of facilities on Ocracoke Island

The National Park Service announced in a press release that their visitor services and facilities on Ocracoke Island will reopen on Monday, October 17, 2016. The reopening coincides with Hyde County’s decision to allow visitors to return to Ocracoke beginning at 5:00 am on October 17.

The island has been without visitors since a mandatory visitor evacuation was ordered by Hyde County on Wednesday, October 5. The evacuation order was issued ahead of Hurricane Matthew’s arrival.

Visitors to Dare County Are Allowed to Go South of Oregon Inlet Today

The Dare County Control Group announced in the Joint Information Center bulletin #14 yesterday that visitors to Dare County will be allowed access to the Villages of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, and Buxton, beginning at 7:00 am on Thursday, October 13, 2016. Visitor access will be restricted south of Buxton.

All Cape Hatteras National Seashore visitor services and facilities on Hatteras Island, north of Frisco, will open today at 9:00 am.