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Discover the Hidden Gem of Outer Banks: Portsmouth Island

Discover the Hidden Gem of Outer Banks: Portsmouth Island

Looking for an unforgettable adventure on your next Outer Banks rental vacation? Head to Portsmouth Island, a hidden gem that’s tough to reach but well worth the effort! This former North Carolina fishing village on the Outer Banks was established in 1753 and abandoned in 1971. Despite its rugged conditions, Portsmouth Island has always been an important port of entry and remains a must-see destination for adventurers and history buffs alike!

The Portsmouth Village has preserved several historic buildings for the public to visit and learn more about the area’s history. These buildings provide a glimpse into what life was like in the past and can help visitors better understand the cultural and social context of the region. These historical buildings offer a unique opportunity to learn about the past and connect with the region’s cultural heritage. 

The Salter House/visitor center is where visitors can learn about the history of the village and the surrounding area. The one-room school, Methodist Church, and post office/general store are also interesting places to visit, as they were likely important community institutions when they were in use.

The Life-Saving Station is also fascinating, as it would have played a critical role in the region’s maritime history. Life-Saving Stations were established along many coastlines in the 19th and early 20th centuries to rescue distressed sailors and passengers. Their crews were often hailed as heroes for their daring rescues in stormy weather. 

Looking for a wild adventure on the island? You can camp overnight on the beach and experience nature like never before. But be warned, there’s no electricity, food, or potable water available, so you’ll need to bring your supplies for a truly rugged experience. The compost toilet near the Life-Saving Station might sound daunting, but it’s just a natural way of breaking down waste. And if you need a break from the great outdoors, head to the Salter House/Visitors Center to use the restroom and enjoy some comforts of today’s world.

Don’t miss out on the adventure of a lifetime! Start planning your trip to Portsmouth Island today and experience the thrill of stepping back in time. Explore historic buildings that offer a unique glimpse into the past and immerse yourself in the cultural heritage of this North Carolina gem. And when you’re ready to rough it, head out for a night of primitive camping on the beach. This hidden paradise awaits you, so grab your gear and prepare for a grand adventure on Portsmouth Island!

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