Avon, also known early on as Kinnakeet, an Algonquian native American word meaning something that is mixed or several settlements bunched into one. The earliest settlers were the Native Americans. The town officially changed to be Avon in 1883 when the Post Office was opened. As of the 2010 Census, Avon had a year round population of 776.
The early village was known for boat building and repairs due to the large stands of live oaks and cedars. It was once the largest village until the Hatteras inlet was opened up as a result of a hurricane in 1846. The number of shipwrecks in the area demanded two US Life Saving Stations;Little Kinnakeet and Big Kinnakeet.
Benefits of Avon
Avon retains its small town charm while having the conveniences of modern life. Avon has the islands only chain grocery store and movie theater and also includes two fast food restaurants. Vacationers also enjoy the restaurants that satisfy every palate, a Spa, fishing pier and mini-golf course to provide enough entertainment without spoiling the remote island vibe.
The Avon pier is great to introduce the family to the joys of fishing or just to take a stroll and be entertained by others hauling in their catch. The pier has a tackle shop, gift shop and convenience store and is open into the night for some night time fishing. Surf fishing requires a permit.
The Avon Beach Club will keep the kids busy during the day with planned activities while adults can enjoy the classic beach bands, like the Embers, after hours at this recently constructed oceanfront location. The beaches in Avon are quiet, clean and pristine. They are governed by the National Park Service rules and beach driving is allowed with a 4 wheel drive beach driving permit.
Similar to the other villages of Hatteras Island, the water sports activities on the ocean and sound are top notch for lasting memories.
Relocating or purchasing a vacation home in Avon is an ideal choice to please every member of your family or traveler.