MANTEO, NC – Despite the Great Depression, the 1930s were times of great change in Dare County, N.C. The building of roads and bridges, improvements to national historic sites and the resourcefulness of the people created unparalleled opportunities for economic growth and set a new course for the future that would bring the region into national prominence. The Outer Banks History Center will tell this story in a new exhibit to debut March 1, 2013, Dare County in the 1930s: Decade of Determination.
During the 1930s, the Wright Memorial Bridge opened the area to automobile traffic while new hotels catered to the traveling public. Workers from the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and Works Progress Administration (WPA) literally changed the landscape by constructing sand dunes. President Franklin D. Roosevelt came to witness the birth of outdoor symphonic drama at the Waterside Theater with the debut of Paul Green’s The Lost Colony. The Kill Devil Hills National Memorial, now Wright Brothers National Memorial, was dedicated while the county saw its first local newspaper, public library, airport and fishing pier.
It was the dawn of the modern tourist era, and also a time when severe storms, floods and fires challenged the citizenry to rebuild and forge ahead. All told, the 1930s in Dare County was a pivotal time with an impact that continues to this day.
Dare County in the 1930s: Decade of Determination opens March 1 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. with a reception hosted by the Friends of the Outer Banks History Center, and will remain on display through Oct. 15, 2013. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. The exhibit is made possible through generous support from the Friends of the Outer Banks History Center and Outer Banks Community Foundation, Frank Stick Memorial Fund.