In 1889, when the U.S. post office established an office in the village of Jones Hill they solicited the help of the community to come up with a new name for the town.
Jones Hill and Currituck Beach were submitted along with the name Corolla, a reference to the flower petals of the local wild violets. Guess who won?
KILL DEVIL HILLS
Rum played a prominent roles in the theories as to how Kill Devil Hills received its name.
One story is that a band of pirates climbed the top of a tall dune and indulged in rum so powerful that it could kill the devil.
Another is that bottles of the rum brand "Kill devil" washed ashore after a shipwreck and littered the area beaches with an alcoholic windfall.
Time Flies When You're Having Rum. --RoadDog