The Quiet Fishing Town In North Carolina That Seems Frozen In Time
Located on the southern tip of Roanoke Island, archaeological evidence shows that Wanchese was the site of the first fishing village on the island, and has been inhabited for thousands of years. Named after the last known ruler of the Roanoke Native American Tribe, this small, sleepy fishing village has tons of history and a population just around 2,000.
Located at the southernmost tip, it's opposite of the more popular beach town to the north, Manteo. While residents and visitors are only a short drive away from all the attractions, Wanchese is a world apart from the comercialized and touristy Outer Banks. It's a quiet fishing village, but it doesn't stay quiet all the time.
Wanchese is home to the North Carolina Seafood Industrial Park, as the mid-point of the east coast in the United States, it's a major fishing hub.
The best part is you can even visit to see all the action for yourself. From flounder boats, shrimp trawlers, and huge vessels embarking on a journey along the eastern seaboard and coastal waterways of North Carolina. Many boats leave for weeks at a time then return, supplying some the freshest catch to many Outer Banks restaurants.
For those who live in Wanchese, and maybe even generations of fisherman...fishing is more than a way of life, it's in their blood. A visit to this quiet, sleepy town that seems a million miles away allows you to gaze in on a whole other world, a whole other way of life.
While the village of Wanchese is quite simple in and of itself, you're only a few minutes away from major attractions of Roanoke Island and Manteo - Elizabethan Gardens, NC Aquarium, Fort Raleigh, and Bodie Island Lighthouse. If you want to get away from the world for a bit, take a trip to Wanchese.
Wow, seems like such a quaint, idyllic place…and there’s probably some really amazing seafood too! Have you visited Wanchese before?
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