Fessenden conducted wireless experiments in Buxton and Roanoke Island for 18 months from 1901 to 1902 working as a contractor for the U.S. Weather Service. During this time, he formed a lifelong friendship with two other inventors who visited the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Wilbur and Orville Wright. Reginald Fessenden is considered by many to be the father of radio. The Fessenden Center honoring this broadcasting pioneer is located close to the site where his Weather Service experiments were conducted.
The Fessenden Center is a multi-generational facility serving all of Hatteras Island with programs and activities for youth, adults, older adults, and families.
Our Fitness & Activities Calendar features a wide range of opportunities to learn, stay fit, and have fun. There is something for everyone at the Fessenden Center. Stop by, take a tour and let our friendly staff show everything that is waiting for you.
Valuable information about Medicare programs is provided by the Adult & Senior Services Department through the Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP). This innovative program created by the North Carolina Department of Insurance offers free counseling about general Medicare issues, insurance for long-term care, and Medicare's prescription drug coverage.
The Fessenden Center encourages those 55 and older to participate in the Dare County Senior Games. Each spring Seniors have fun competing in a wide range of sporting events and artistic performances. Like the Olympics, achievements are recognized with gold, silver, and bronze awards and the privilege of representing Dare County in the statewide North Carolina Senior Games. While the program honors personal and team accomplishments, the emphasis is all about being active and having fun.
Many adults use the transportation services provided by the Dare County Transportation Services Department. Round-trip transportation is available, by appointment, for doctor visits, shopping trips and other needs on a scheduled basis Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
Volunteer opportunities are always available at the Fessenden Center. Consider sharing a little of your time and discover the rewards of helping others. For more information call 252.475.5650.