Hatteras developed slowly over time, with no plat, no lots neatly laid out, and no grid plan.  The town developed as a result of its natural harbor and its location on Hatteras Island.  By the early 1780s, there was a small settlement at Hatteras village located in protected wooded tracts on the sound side of the island.  Today the Village still maintains much of the charm of her past while providing the comforts of the present as a world class cultural and vacation destination.

  Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum
The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is a public, non-profit, educational institution. It is part of the North Carolina Maritime Museum System within the State History Museums, Division of Archives and History, Department of Cultural Resources. The Museum is dedicated to the preservation, advancement and presentation of the maritime history and shipwrecks of the North Carolina Outer Banks from the earliest periods of exploration and/or colonization to the present day, with particular emphasis on the period from 1524 to 1945. The Museum preserves, researches, exhibits and interprets its collections for the benefit of the general public and specialized audiences. The Museum serves its diverse audiences in order to inspire appreciation, encourage discovery, and promote an active, responsible understanding of the maritime heritage of the Outer Banks in itself and in relation to that of the United States and the broader history of seafaring. ... Learn More

 Hatteras Village Guided Tour

hether you choose to walk, bike, or ride in a car or a golf cart, exploring the historical buildings and landmarks is a great way to spend time in the Village.  Take along the brochure provided below for insight into the history and location of buildings, marinas, cemeteries, churches, public beaches and community services.

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 Hatteras Weather Bureau Station
The first US Weather Bureau Station managed by the Army Signal Services on Hatteras Island was established at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Keepers' Quarters in 1874, moved to the Hatteras Life-Saving Station on December 1, 1880, and later transferred to a Hatteras Village private residence, known as Styron’s Building, on October 1, 1883.

A few years later, the Weather Bureau built a structure for the station in Hatteras village for the sum of $250. This building was a small one-story framed structure consisting of three rooms, two of the small rooms were each about 9 by 6 feet and one larger one about 14 feet square. There was also a small attic that was used for storage.

Cape Hatteras, where the Gulf Stream and Labrador Current meet, was an important location for weather forecasting. Residents that lived on the Outer Banks received their news by boat or through word of mouth. Residents of isolated Portsmouth and Ocracoke Islands got word of an approaching storm in sealed tubes dropped from airplanes. Cape Hatteras, a major shipping route, was also a common place for shipwrecks. The Weather Bureau felt that the need to have a main station on the North Carolina coast was important enough for them to build one in Hatteras Village....Learn more

The Weather Bureau Station has been restored.  It is open to the public as an Outer Banks Visitors Bureau welcome center.

  Cape Hatteras National Seashore

atteras Village is located in Cape Hatteras National Seashore, America's first national seashore.  The islands that make up the seashore have been home to Native Americans, farmers, watermen, slaves, lighthouse keepers, surfmen, and many others who continue to shape the heritage of the area. The people have witnessed events that include hurricanes, the death of Blackbeard the pirate, Civil War battles, the construction of its now famous lighthouses, the birth of the USCG in the lifesaving stations, hundreds of shipwrecks, Billy Mitchell’s test bombings, Reginald Fessenden’s first radio broadcasts, the building of dunes by the CCC, scientific strides in weather forecasting, u-boat attacks, and much more. Though some of the actual history has been lost in time, the culture found in the people, places and stories lives on....Learn more
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