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The Smithsonian features Ocracoke’s Blackbeard 300th anniversary

Every year, living history pirate crews at Blackbeards Pirate Jamboree remember the fallen pirates and British sailors at a memorial service at Springers Point. The event ends with a memorial wreath tossed into the water. This years 300th anniversary of Blackbeards demise at the hand of Lt. Robert Maynard will be Oct. 25 to 28. Photo by Michelle Murillo

Every year, living history pirate crews at Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree remember the fallen pirates and British sailors at a memorial service at Springer’s Point. The event ends with a hand-made wreath of island flowers tossed into the water. This year’s 300th anniversary of Blackbeard’s demise at the hand of Lt. Robert Maynard will be Oct. 25 to 28. Photo by Michelle Murillo

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Ocracoke Island gets on a lot of lists, and now it has landed on a Smithsonian Institution top-ten destination list of world anniversaries worth traveling for this year.

Smithsonian activities and articles focus the educational and historical, and Ocracoke has a big one coming Oct. 25 to 28–the 300th anniversary of the pirate Blackbeard’s demise on this little island off the North Carolina coast. Among other places in the world with notable anniversaries, ranging from the 50th- to 500th, Ocracoke is listed third. The article mentions the road races April 28 and 29 and the island’s undeveloped beaches.

“2018 marks the 300th anniversary of this storied encounter,” the article says. “North Carolina is without a doubt the place to be for pirate enthusiasts this year. Stroll the wild, undeveloped beaches of Ocracoke Island’s Cape Hatteras National Seashore, break a sweat in the Blackbeard Half Marathon on April 29, or join Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree in late October, which promises a “historically accurate pirate encampment” and a reenactment of Blackbeard’s final battle.”

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Springer's Point beach, Ocracoke, NC. Photo: C. Leinbach

Springer’s Point beach is a place where people and dogs can frolic. Photo: C. Leinbach

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    • That’s what keeps it one of the National Treasures of the Eastern Coast. It’s not easy to get to, but so worth the effort. Particularly at sunset, but don’t tell anyone!