The centerpiece of the Jamboree is an historically accurate Pirate Encampment on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. by Blackbeard’s Pirate Crew, an 18-member living history organization from Hampton, VA., on the grounds of the historic Wahab House, 161 Irvin Garrish Highway in Ocracoke. Dressed in historical costumes from the 17th and early 18th centuries, pirates will engage the audience with storytelling, sea chanteys and swordplay. Visitors will see demonstrations of vintage black powder weapons and partake in hearty seafarers’ grub and grog.
The Main Event is the re-enactment of “The Battle at Ocracoke,” taking place on the island’s beautiful harbor, Silver Lake, with three historically-accurate ships that will re-create the last hours of Blackbeard and his crew as Lieutenant Maynard brings them to battle with cannons blazing.
Ocracoke Village will be bustling with activities for all ages, including a treasure hunt, historical presentations, roving bands of pirates, impromptu pirate skits and sing-alongs, as well as a “Scallywag School” for the kids. A “Brigand’s Bazaar” in Community Square will feature arts, crafts, pirate gear, and period clothing. Food and drink will also be available at many locations. Parking is available at the NPS Visitors lot at the south end of the island.