Wright Brothers Memorial
1000 N Croatan Hwy,
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
When the Wright Brothers first arrived on the Outer Banks in 1900 from Dayton, OH, they initially stayed with Bill Tate, the assistant Post Master for the town (his wife was the Post Master). The house is no longer standing, although there is a marker indicating where it was located on Moor Shore Road. That section of town is often called Kitty Hawk Village and is the oldest settled part of the municipality. Wilbur and Orville Wright later moved their camp to the sand dune and saw a grassy area to the south; this was an area referred to as Kill Devil Hill because of the large dune there. At that time they were still in Kitty Hawk Township, which explains why Kitty Hawk is listed as the location of the first sustained and controlled heavier-than-air powered flight.
The Wright Brothers Memorial in Kill Devil Hills is a beautiful space to explore the historical significance of their first flight on Dec 17, 1903. Explore the museum, climb the winding walkway up the hill to the monument, or climb on the life-size replica statue of their 1903 flyer at the base of the hill.