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archeological digs have proved what islanders have always expected - Wanchese is a true fishing village.Historians believe that the town is, in fact, the first fishing village of the Outer Banks, as local Native Americans dating back to 900 A. settled here and made treks either by boat or along the shoreline to reel in the bounty of the Roanoke Sound.
Most of the fresh seafood that winds up on the Wanchese docks ends up on the plates of Outer Banks restaurant patrons several days, if not hours later, making the town an instrumental, if barely visible, contribution to the local tourism scene.Charter boats should always be booked well in advance, although for smaller parties of 1-2 fishermen, "add-on" trips can be available on short notice.Bring plenty of sunscreen, and a little Dramamine, as once you're past Oregon Inlet, the choppy waves leading out to the Gulf Stream can give even the most seasoned sailors a little bit of sea sickness.Today, the village is home to the North Carolina Seafood Industrial Park, located at the southeastern point of the island.Here, commercial vessels and seafood dealers of all kinds congregate to sort through the day's catch, and provide fresh North Carolina seafood for virtually all of the Eastern Seaboard.Some theorists postulate that it was Chief Wanchese's aggression that sealed the fate of the infamous Lost Colony settlers in Manteo.
In the centuries that followed, a hardy collection of locals moved in, and while the area never became a popular tourist destination like neighboring Nags Head, Wanchese thrived for its' proximately to Oregon Inlet, and therefore the route to the Gulf Stream.
However, there are still a variety of options available, ranging from locally run camp grounds, to quiet, off-the-map bed and breakfasts, and even occasional vacation rental homes" in the heart of the village, or bordering the wild soundfront.
For Outer Banks lovers who want to get back to nature, Wanchese may be an ideal locale to completely escape from the rest of the world.
Upon returning home to the Wanchese harbor, the catch is hauled on the docks and can be cleaned at a number of fish cleaning stations to take home and enjoy, hassle free.
Wanchese visitors are encouraged to take a stroll along the docks at around p.m.
A brief tour of the town will present a collection of local homes and businesses with impeccable maritime gardens, and crab pots and painted wooden boats serving as coastal yard decor.