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Old 07-23-2011, 05:57 PM
 
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I'm curious why Bodie Island is called an island when it is a penninsula; and why Pea Island is called that when it is part of Hatteras Island.

I understand there used to be a Currituck Inlet, which separated Bodie Island from the "currituck banks".

I'd like
1) To know what happened to the Currituck Inlet
2) Why Pea Island is called an island being on Hatteras Island
3) A map showing the outer banks with Pea and Bodie Island as islands
4) What the Currituck banks are
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Old 07-23-2011, 05:59 PM
 
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Should add, where do the Outer Banks now technically end?
Looking at a map with no borders, it appears hard to define where the northern end of the OBX are.
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Old 07-25-2011, 11:58 AM
 
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Large storms and hurricanes open and close inlets regularly. It's only with modern dredging technology that the effect of that's been mitigated to an extent. Hurrican Isabel in 2003 created a new inlet cutting off Hatteras, so kids north of the inlet had to take a boat to get to school for a month or so.

If you want to get old maps, you can contact either the Outer Banks History Center or the history and archives folks at NPS Fort Raleigh. The Currituck Banks are the landmass north of the town of Corolla up to the NC/VA border, which have over time been separate islands but now form a single contiguous body. Here's more info:

Currituck Banks

As for where the Outer Banks begin and end, the area in red on the map below is technically what's known as the Outer Banks, though the area in purple is largely considered part of it as well, essentially the mainland sections of Dare and Currituck Counties. Ocracoke Island at the south end is in Hyde County, but mainland Hyde isn't considered part of the Outer Banks.

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Old 07-25-2011, 06:32 PM
 
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I'm curious why Bodie Island is called an island when it is a penninsula; and why Pea Island is called that when it is part of Hatteras Island.

I understand there used to be a Currituck Inlet, which separated Bodie Island from the "currituck banks".

I'd like
1) To know what happened to the Currituck Inlet
2) Why Pea Island is called an island being on Hatteras Island
3) A map showing the outer banks with Pea and Bodie Island as islands
4) What the Currituck banks are
A hurricane came through in 1846 and opened up the inlet, know known as Oregon Inlet. This new inlet eventually closed the inlet between Pea Island and Hatteras. The ship Oregon was the first ship to go through the inlet and tell everyone about it. That is where the name comes from. I would answer more, but my computer is currently being ghetto
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Old 07-26-2011, 05:43 AM
 
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if you are ever out on ocacoke, stop by the village craftsmen. Philip Howard is a treasure trove of knowledge especially regarding ocracoke history/ geography, and may know about the northern stretches as well.
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Old 07-28-2011, 07:19 PM
 
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So basically bodie island used to go from the currituck inlet to _______?
-What happened/when did the Currituck inlet fill?

Pea Island used to be _________?
And hatteras island used to be separate from Pea Island?
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Old 07-28-2011, 07:22 PM
 
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Large storms and hurricanes open and close inlets regularly. It's only with modern dredging technology that the effect of that's been mitigated to an extent. Hurrican Isabel in 2003 created a new inlet cutting off Hatteras, so kids north of the inlet had to take a boat to get to school for a month or so.

If you want to get old maps, you can contact either the Outer Banks History Center or the history and archives folks at NPS Fort Raleigh. The Currituck Banks are the landmass north of the town of Corolla up to the NC/VA border, which have over time been separate islands but now form a single contiguous body. Here's more info:

Currituck Banks

As for where the Outer Banks begin and end, the area in red on the map below is technically what's known as the Outer Banks, though the area in purple is largely considered part of it as well, essentially the mainland sections of Dare and Currituck Counties. Ocracoke Island at the south end is in Hyde County, but mainland Hyde isn't considered part of the Outer Banks.
How come Portsmouth Island isn't included?
Seem arbitrary to have it end at VA border, if you go into VA it still appears to be a barrier penninsula.
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Old 07-28-2011, 09:10 PM
 
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How come Portsmouth Island isn't included?
Seem arbitrary to have it end at VA border, if you go into VA it still appears to be a barrier penninsula.
Portsmouth Island is generally considered part of the Crystal Coast since it's in Carteret County. The part of the peninsula in Virginia that contains Bodie Island is known as False Cape.
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