A place called Kill Devil Hills has got to have a good origin story. However, to Somebodyisfromhere.com’s surprise the devil referenced isn’t based on any conflict or an olden times misunderstanding about different cultures. Nope. Just Booze.
Shipwrecks were common at the time, and many of the ships were transporting barrels of rum. When a ship foundered, local wreckers would scavenge what they could of the ship’s cargo before it sank, hiding their pilfered rum behind.Since rum was called “Kill Devil” by the English at the time the dunes became known as “Kill Devil Hills.
The town of over just about 6,000 people is located in Dare County, North Carolina. Dare was named after the same person who was the namesake for one of the states.
Buffalo City is/was also located in Dare. Similarly, they had their eyes on the drink.
When logging camps at Buffalo City began to close in the 1920s, moonshine became the primary revenue source for citizens. Almost every family in Buffalo City operated a still. Speakeasies throughout the eastern United States sold moonshine made in Buffalo City.
Turns out the illegal operation and the risk of going to jail was the peak of the town.