Buxton, North Carolina

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Buxton, North Carolina
Census-designated place
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Location in Dare County and the state of North Carolina.
Location in Dare County and the state of North Carolina.
Buxton is located in USA
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 35°16′4″N 75°32′33″W / 35.26778°N 75.54250°W / 35.26778; -75.54250Coordinates: 35°16′4″N 75°32′33″W / 35.26778°N 75.54250°W / 35.26778; -75.54250
Country United States of America
State North Carolina
County Dare
 • Total 2.98 sq mi (7.73 km2)
 • Land 2.96 sq mi (7.67 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.06 km2)
Elevation 11 ft (3 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,273
 • Density 430/sq mi (166.0/km2)
ZIP code 27920

Buxton is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) on Hatteras Island (part of the Outer Banks) near Cape Hatteras. It is located in Dare County in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 1,273.[1]

North Carolina Highway 12 links the community to other Outer Banks communities such as Avon, Frisco, and Hatteras. Buxton is most famous for being the location of Cape Hatteras Light, and prides itself as being the home of the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club.

The residents of Buxton are governed by the Dare County Board of Commissioners. Buxton is part of District 4, along with Avon, Frisco, Hatteras, Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo.

In addition to Cape Hatteras Light, the SS Lancing shipwreck was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2013.[2]


A view of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse from the beach

Watersports are common on both the Pamlico Sound side and the Atlantic Ocean side of the community. Proximity to the convergence of the Labrador Current and the Gulf Stream result in the largest surf available[citation needed] on the East Coast. On the protected soundside of the island, watersports such as windsurfing, kayaking, kiteboarding, and swimming are all readily available and accessible.

The Hatteras Histories and Mysteries Museum focuses on the possible fate of the inhabitants of the Roanoke Colony, who disappeared around 1587. The privately owned museum was opened in April 2010 by Scott Dawson, a historian and author of the 2009 book Croatoan: Birthplace of America, and it displays 16th century artifacts discovered in 2010 archaeological digs conducted on Hatteras Island, where Dawson theorizes the colonists may have resettled. The museum also displays artifacts from the American Civil War battles at nearby Hatteras Village and Rodanthe in 1861.[3]


Construction of the new Cape Hatteras Secondary School

Residents are served by the Cape Hatteras Elementary, Secondary School and High School (Home of the Hurricanes) all located in Buxton. Both schools are part of the Dare County Schools district.[4]

British Cemetery[edit]

On May 21, 1942, the body of a British seaman, unidentifiable but presumed to be from the HMT Bedfordshire, sunk by a German U-boat, washed ashore. The month prior, a British sailor from the sunken merchant ship San Delfino had been buried in Buxton. The Bedfordshire seaman was interred in an adjacent plot, resulting in a British Cemetery, formally known as Cape Hatteras Coast Guard Burial Ground.[5]


  1. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Buxton CDP, North Carolina". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved November 24, 2015. 
  2. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 6/24/13 through 6/28/13. National Park Service. 2013-07-05. 
  3. ^ Erin James (November 1, 2010). "The Lost Colony may now be found". The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved November 2, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Attendance Areas - Dare County Schools". www.dare.k12.nc.us. Retrieved 2015-12-17. 
  5. ^ "Cape Hatteras (U.S. Coast Guard) Burial Ground". Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Retrieved 25 October 2012.