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Teach’s Hole

  By: Leah Lancione

Long before the movie Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides featured the notorious pirate Blackbeard, George and Mickey Roberson made it their life’s work to educate people about Blackbeard’s life and death on Ocracoke. Combining Mickey’s fascination with pirate lore and George’s local knowledge, Teach’s Hole Blackbeard Exhibit and Pirate Shop was conceived and opened its doors in 1992. Now almost 30 years later, it continues to be a local treasure and must-see attraction for visitors.

The Robersons established Teach’s Hole to inform visitors about Edward Teach (a.k.a. Blackbeard) and his role in Ocracoke’s rich history. Consequently, they devoted the last two decades to collecting original artwork, artifacts, and other relics of the era of piracy.

Since Blackbeard often used Ocracoke Inlet as a hideout and was killed here in 1718, it’s fitting that Teach’s Hole invites families to learn about North Carolina’s most infamous pirate. The exhibit includes a life-size re-creation of Blackbeard, a documentary about his life and death, scale models of his ships, a weapons display, a video of Springer’s Point, a knot-tying activity, and more. “We aim to intrigue adults and kids alike,” says George, who explains even that the medical tools on view resemble those found on the wreckage of Blackbeard’s ship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge.

“Now that we’ve been open for almost 30 years, the second generation of families is coming in. When I hear a parent tell their child, ‘This was my favorite place to visit growing up,’ it makes it all worth it,” declares Mickey. Anticipating their retirement in the not-too-distant future, the Robersons are on the lookout for someone to carry on their legacy.

As this year marks the 300th anniversary of Blackbeard’s death, it’s the perfect time to visit Teach’s Hole Blackbeard Exhibit and Pirate Shop!

Located on Route 12 (935 Irvin Garrish Highway), Teach’s Hole is open from April to Thanksgiving. For more information or to check operation hours in advance, call 252-928-1718 or visit www.teachshole.com.

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