A winter sunset at Springer’s Point. Photo: P. Vankevich

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In 2002, the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust, with the support of many individuals and organizations, purchased 42 acres at Springer’s Point located on the Ocracoke Inlet edge of Ocracoke village, permanently saving it from development. An adjacent 91 acres was added in 2006 with grant funds from the N.C. Clean Water Management Trust Fund and an additional two acres was added last year.

In May 2006, it opened to the public, and visitors since then can walk through a maritime forest, tidal red cedar forest, salt marsh and wet grasslands and enjoy a sound front beach facing Teach’s Hole, the legendary spot where Blackbeard the pirate met his demise at the hands of British naval Lt. Robert Maynard’s forces.

This year new added trails will allow visitors to experience more of the Preserve.

The Land Trust intended to celebrate Springer’s 15th year anniversary, but like many public events last year, the COVID-19 pandemic caused a cancellation.

So, this year, it’s a sweet 16 celebration and will take place at the Berkley Barn from 5 to 8 pm Saturday, May 27.

This casual wear fundraiser is to support the activities of the preserve with a suggested donation of $75 per person. RSVPs are due by May 15. Click here to RSVP.

For questions contact Stephanie Borrett, director of donor relations, at 910-790-4524×2090.