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Avon Calling!

Avon is an unincorporated community located in the center of Hatteras Island, on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Historically known as “Kinnakeet,” a name referring to the original group of Native Americans who originally inhabited the region, Avon is home to miles of untouched beaches that serve as the perfect backdrop for fishing, surfing, and watersports like kayaking and kiteboarding.

Avon’s history dates back to the late 1800s, when two Lifesaving Stations, “Kinnakeet” and “Little Kinnakeet,” were established by European settlers. While the Kinnakeet Lifesaving Station has long been dismantled, tourists can still visit the Little Kinnakeet Lifesaving Station, which sits approximately 3 miles north of central Avon along the soundside of NC Highway 12. The station, which today consists of little more than a small stack of wood pilings, is currently being restored by the National Park Service. Touring the station gives visitors to Avon a unique insight into the daily lives of the fishermen and lumber farmers who harvested the original maritime forests, as well as the lifesaving servicemen who operated Kinnakeet and Little Kinnakeet from 1871 to 1915.

Kinnakeet was officially named Avon by the U.S. Postal Service in 1883, when the first post office was established in the area. The name Kinnakeet stuck in the minds of locals, however, and many people living there in the present day are sill referred to as “Kinnakeeters.” Today, those visiting Avon will find a modern village offering a wide array of restaurants, boutiques, coffee shops, galleries, and unique tourist attractiions like the Avon Pier, the Koru Beach Klub, and Spa Koru. Avon is also conveniently situated within a 30-minute driving distance of a number of Hatteras Island’s most popular attractions, which include the Chicamocomico Life-Saving Station, the Frisco Native American Museum, and the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum.

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Written by Amelia Gardner

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