Kill Devil Hills gets its name from the colonial era when shipwrecks were commonplace and many ships carried large supplies of rum. Scavengers would skim the shipwreck and bury the rum they claimed was strong enough to “kill the devil” in the giant sand dunes. Thus the name Kill Devil Hills became popular with the locals. KDH is the largest and oldest community on the outer banks. It has many more restaurants and shops then any other village on the banks, more then likely due to its size. Kill Devil Hill (though it was part of Kitty Hawk at the time) is the location of the Wright Brother’s first flight and bears a tribute museum for the two brothers.
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