And Onto Kill Devil Hills - Thursday, August 28, 1902
The History: In his personal diary, Orville writes: "Sailed at 4:30 A.M. Reached Dosher's Wharf (Kitty Hawk) at 4:00 P.M. Dan Tate took us to camp in spritsail boat." [A sprit is a spar which crosses a fore-and-aft sail diagonally.]
Tate ferried the Wrights, their trunks, gasoline stove and some food to their campsite at Kill Devil Hills.
Arriving at the campsite they realized that over the past year the wind had blown the sand away from the ends of the building. The sides were now 18 inches lower. Inside their building the sides sank; from the middle of the building, the floors were slanted and it looked like a little hill.
The brothers set up their stove "... made some beef-extract soup, and this with crackers made us a little supper, and we went to bed happy.", Wilbur wrote his father.
The first powered flight is often associated with Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Yet their camp was located and the first powered flight on December 17, 1903 took place about 4 miles south of Kitty Hawk at Kill Devil Hills.
Bill Tate, Kitty Hawk's first postmaster, notary public and county commissioner, who assisted the Wrights in a variety of ways in past trips to Kitty Hawk was unable to help them this year. However, Dan Tate, Bill's half brother was available.