Thursday, April 19, 2012

Springer's Point on Ocracoke Island

The beauty of Springer's Point


A highlight of Don and my honeymoon on Ocracoke Island, NC, was our visit to Springer's Point. At first glance it is a small, rustic, woodland park near the ocean. But it is not only an amazingly beautiful maritime forest, it is also historic. The famous pirate, Blackbeard, probably born as Edward Teach, used to hide out in this area. He and some pirate-friends had a picnic along the beach at Springer's Point shortly before his death at the hands of Virginia Governor Alexander Spotswood's men. His actual last battle was at "Teach's Hole," an area of deep water just off the point.

It is fun to imagine a pirate's treasure buried somewhere in the area, isn't it?

While treasure is probably not buried on Springer's Point, Sam Jones definitely is. A wealthy philanthropist to the island, he is buried on Springer's Point with his beloved horse, Ikey D. His widow sold the property to a conservation organization to preserve it and prevent it from falling into the hands of developers. So she and the conservation group have preserved the true treasure, Springer's Point itself.

As we Southerners would say: Bless her heart!

Your destination: Springer's Point!

Sam Jone's Tombstone

Maritime Forest

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