History To-Go: Pirates

Ahoy, matey! North Carolina’s coast was home to many pirates, and a favorite spot of pirates passing by. No Carolina pirate was more famous than Blackbeard. Blackbeard, also known as Edward Teach, is remembered as one of the fiercest pirates because of his terrifying appearance. He wore a long beard and tucked fuses under his hat so that smoke billowed around him when he met his enemies. Some were so scared by his appearance they would give up without a fight! Blackbeard’s ship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, was found off the coast of North Carolina in 1996.

Stede Bonnet, also known as the “Gentleman Pirate,” was an unlikely buccaneer. He was well educated and involved in high society until one day, without warning, he started a new life as a pirate. He bought a ship that he named the Revenge and set sail. Before long he met up with Blackbeard, and the two sailed together for about a year around the waters of North Carolina. In 1718 Blackbeard was killed in a hand-to-hand battle and Stede Bonnet was convicted of piracy and hanged, ending the golden age of piracy forever.

Did you know? Walking the plank and burying treasure are both myths!

July's "History To-Go" box features Pirates! You can come by the museum starting Tuesday July 5, 2022 to pick up a box (limit 2 per family). Limited supplies, so come early!  You can select the links below to access the box contents if you cannot get to the museum to pick yours up!

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Thanks to funding from the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex Foundation Inc, and the Arts Council of Fayetteville we are offering FREE "History To-Go", take home craft kits.