The attraction to the area, also known as the “Crystal Coast” or “Down East,” could be felt far and wide, extending from natives to visitors who became residents. Some of the hooks that this waterborne region could boast: pier fishing, big game fishing; charter boats. Other appealing aspects catered to land lovers. One, a thriving historical society, interests ranging from the area’s Colonial origins to association with Blackbeard. Another was the Croatan National Forest, a refuge for wildlife and hunter alike.