Weeksville, in Pasquotank County, was a major U.S. Naval Air Station during World War II and a major player in the battle against German submarines. Here were based lighter-than-air aircraft that patrolled the Atlantic, hunting German U-Boats. The base housed 850 officers and men and had two large hangers, one steel, the other wooden. The wooden hanger was the largest wooden structure in the world; it burned in August 1995.