What’s the story behind the name “Barrier Island?”

The barrier islands of North Carolina have some of the most beautiful and family-friendly beaches in the world. This particular string of sand bars protecting the east coast from the ocean is one of the most popular destinations for families, vacationers and honeymooners in the mid-Atlantic.

DSC00512But, the history of this area is far from idyllic. This area is the home to the first US Settlement, which also became known as The Lost Colony. Historians still don’t know if the settlers from this colony were slaughtered by natives or moved from Roanoke Island. Stories of one of the most notorious pirates of the 1700’s, Blackbeard, are filled with references to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. And Charles Harry Whedbee published a series of books filled with ghost stories about the islands.

Surely these events can be seen as creepy, ominous, even foreboding. But, it didn’t stay that way. The Outer Banks evolved, and they continue to evolve even today.

The Wright Brothers journeyed from Ohio to pursue their “crazy” dream of flight by jumping off the giant dunes of Kitty Hawk strapped to a giant glider. “Nags Headers” and other locals developed a sense of community, focused on architecture and entertaining, and protected the wild horses that still live on the northern beaches. Development grew and the once creepy, mosquito-riddled strips of sand are now a very different place from what the history books describe.

The barrier islands are dynamic. Their environment constantly changes. And you’ll find that same level of change in the business world, even when it’s not so obvious.

The barrier islands of the Outer Banks are metaphor for change and perspective. What once looked dismal, unpleasant and even scary became the source of innovation with a change in perspective. Barrier Island Consulting uses this inspiration with groups of all sizes to help them see their own opportunities with a new perspective.


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