Kitty Hawk

Today, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina provides some of the best beach recreation and resorts on the North Carolina coast, though it will always be known as the birthplace of aviation. The actual 1903 flight by the Wright brothers took place 4 miles south of Kitty Hawk in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. However, the brothers stayed in Kitty Hawk and their historic telegram was sent from Kitty Hawk. Kitty Hawk is believed to be the closest English pronunciation to a native Indian word, Chickahauk, meaning “goose hunting grounds.” The area has rich resources for hunting and fishing. Kitty Hawk, North Carolina was visited by a young Robert Frost in 1894, who would later write his moving “Kitty Hawk”, a report of the fate of Aaron Burr’s daughter, Theodosia. For helpful links, visit The Fate of Theodosia Burr, The Wright Brothers Flight, Kitty Hawk History, The Wright Brothers National Memorial and Visitor Center, A Brief Timeline, The Outer Banks and First Flight Centennial.