Wright Brothers Memorial

The Wright Brothers National Memorial stands on a hill near U.S. 158.

MANTEO, N.C.

The Wright Brothers National Memorial and other Outer Banks national parks opened Saturday as the partial shutdown of the federal government ended Friday.

The popular historic site of the first manned, powered flight was closed for about a month. During the closure, some visitors parked outside the locked gates alongside U.S. 158 and walked in to see outdoor exhibits. 

The park had just reopened the visitors center in September after nearly two years of renovations.

“Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial employees are happy to be back at work, serving the American people and welcoming visitors to their national parks,” said National Parks of Eastern North Carolina Superintendent David Hallac, “I wish to thank the local Outer Banks community for offering assistance to federal employees during the lapse in appropriations.”

The government could shut down again in three weeks as debate continues on funding a wall at the nation’s southern border.

Jeff Hampton, 252-491-5272, jeff.hampton@pilotonline.com

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