Blackbeard, whose real name was likely Edward Teach (or Thatch), is one of the most infamous pirates in history. He terrorized the seas of the early 18th century, particularly the West Indies and the eastern coast of North America. Blackbeard’s legend was built on his fearsome appearance, with his thick, black beard and a reputation for tying slow-burning fuses into his beard and lighting them during battles to create an intimidating, smoke-shrouded visage.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, straddling the border between North Carolina and Tennessee, holds a rich history deeply connected to both the environment and cultural heritage. Established in 1934, it stands as one of America’s first national parks created with the cooperation of federal and state governments.
Wright Brothers National Memorial Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina is home to the Wright Brothers National Memorial, which honors Orville and Wilbur Wright for making history by completing the first controlled, powered flight. The Wright Brothers Memorial is located near the site of their first successful flight on December 17, 1903. Two clever bicycle mechanics …