The first town to be named on a map of the area was Nags Head making it synonymous with the term Outer Banks. When one thinks of OBX architecture the “Old Nags Head” style beach cottages come to mind. It became a resort area around 1830 and has been going strong ever since. Added to the list of attractions are golfing, shopping, nature trails, shipwrecks, and other historic sites. Nags Head is also home to Jockey’s Ridge, the largest sand dune on the East Coast. It may have been from this very same hill that Nags Head earned her name. Land pirates would go to the top of a dune with a nag (Horse) that had a lantern tied to its neck. Offshore vessels would mistake the light as ships that were closer to shore and would move toward it. When the ships ran aground it would allow the pirates free access for pillaging.