Wanchese small fishing village, located on the south end or Roanoke Island. The harbor has been the source for seafood since 1936. W.R. Etheridge started a processing plant that would continue to grow. Wanchese Fish is known world wide. Today the village is host to boat builders, recreational fishing, commercial fishing, a TV show and water sports. Some of the notable boat builders are Spencer yachts and Baylis Boatworks. Those two are the largest in the village but the craftsmanship that can only be passed down through generations is prevalent in several smaller shops. Many charter boat head to the gulf stream daily for tuna, marlin and other game fish. The hit show Wicked Tuna has also been docking in Wanchese the past several years.
The village is a strong in family, a tight net community that shares with each other. The families that live in Wanchese are some of the finest folks you will ever have the pleasure of meeting. Like some of Roanoke Island, some of these families can be traced back to the 1600's. The accents, mannerisms and way of life has been passed down and can still be seen and heard.
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