Travel Channel To Feature Frisco's Legendary Cora Tree [NC Film]
The Travel Channel series Monumental Mysteries will feature the local landmark known as the Cora Tree in Frisco in an upcoming episode that was filmed on the Outer Banks late last year.
Our sources tell us that producers for the series were on Hatteras Island in December to film a segment about the legend of the Cora Tree, located near Brigands’ Bay on Snug Harbor Drive in Frisco, North Carolina, for an upcoming episode of Monumental Mysteries.
The Cora Tree was immortalized in Charles Harry Whedbee’s classic book Blackbeard’s Cup and Stories of the Outer Banks, which claims the twisted old tree is cursed by a witch.
The legend says that Cora was an old woman who lived alone with only her baby in a shack near the tree in the 1700s. Whenever she would go to town, bad things would happen, and she was eventually accused of being witch and set to be burned along with her child at the base of the great tree.
Just as the fire was about to be lit, Cora’s baby reportedly turned into a giant cat with green eyes and a red mouth, and it fled into the nearby woods. Lightening then struck the tree, but when the smoke cleared, Cora was gone. All that remained were the letters C O R A burned into the tree trunk, which are still visible today (pictured below).
According to the official website, “Monumental Mysteries scours the country for America’s most extraordinary monuments and reveals the amazing mysteries hidden within. Hosted by Don Wildman, the series visits the statues, memorials, national parks, sculptures, and gravestones that commemorate our nation’s most intriguing events, notorious crimes, scandals, disasters, and triumphs.”
Monumental Mysteries airs on Thursdays at 9pm on the Travel Channel.
We will let you know when you can see the Cora Tree episode as soon as a premiere date is announced!