Driving into the village of Buxton, you will soon realize that you are entering a truly unique and beautiful vacation spot. Located six miles south of Avon and just north of the village of Frisco, Buxton offers plenty of amusements for vacationers, such as restaurants, shops, tackle shops, bed and breakfasts and is considered to be one of the most family-friendly towns in the Outer Banks.
The village of Buxton was originally known as 'Cape Hatteras Indian Town' named for the population of Native Americans that resided there until they filtered out of the area by the late 1700s. Most residents of the area in the late 1800s simply referred to it as 'The Cape' although it was renamed by the U.S Postal Service in 1882 for a local judge by the name of Ralph P. Buxton.
Though Buxton is considered to be a quiet and peaceful village, it has a few unique claims to fame that make it a particularly popular place to visit by both locals and vacationers alike. One of the most visited spots in Buxton is the site of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse in the nation. Visitors will get the chance to learn about the lighthouse at the museum and visitor center and get the opportunity to take in some fantastic views when you climb the spiral staircase to the top. One of the many things visitors may find interesting about the lighthouse is that its current location was not its original site. It was moved from its original location at the edge of the ocean in 1999 to a its current spot further inland and had to be moved inches at a time.
Buxton is also home to the Buxton Woods Coastal Reserve, a three mile stretch of dense, maritime forest towering up to fifty feet high and is famous for being the largest area of maritime forest still standing on the Carolina coast. It is also surrounded by dunes, a wide variety of plant life and a couple freshwater marshes. Nature lovers can take the Buxton Woods nature trail and be treated to some truly spectacular flora. Buxton is also famous for being the home to the origination of the world's first wireless message transmission, made by Reginald Fessenden in 1902 sent from Buxton to Roanoke Island.
Buxton offers other great activities for vacationers and locals alike to participate in. Due to its great location, fishing is a huge recreational pastime as the waters of the Gulf Stream come quite close and offers a great selection of fish making their northern migration. Because of its popularity, this village is also home of the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club, which offers several fishing tournaments each year along the coast. Surfing, kayaking, kite boarding, wind surfing and more are all great water sports that everyone can enjoy in either the crystal blue waters of the ocean or in the quieter waters of the Pamlico Sound. When you are looking for a beautiful vacation spot offering lots in terms of fun diversions, Buxton will truly bring a smile to your face and fun memories for all.