Give Danny Couch at Hatteras Realty a call. He's the local historian for Hatteras Island and I've heard him tell some great stories. Supposedly, one house in the village was about to float away, and the owner chopped a hole in the floor, and a duck popped up 6' in the air! They had the duck for dinner....
Better yet, take one of Danny's guided tours.
Or you can attend one of his free programs on Thursday nights: