As one of the most beautiful beaches along the eastern coast, Emerald Isle offers visitors a peaceful and laid back atmosphere amongst white sandy shores and the blue Atlantic Ocean. The beach and area surrounding it was initially designed in the 1920's to create a large tourist summer attraction with an ocean resort. Henry Fort, who owned the land around Emerald Isle at the time worked with developers to create designs for this big ocean resort, yet the plans never materialized. Upon his death, his daughter Anita Maulick inherited the beautiful stretch of beach and sold it in the 1950's to a developer. The area was divided into many 1,100 foot blocks designed to implement commercial and residential development. Eventually, builders constructed the bridge from the island to the mainland in 1971 and much of the development increased substantially.
Many question where this coastal town with the blue Atlantic's backdrop got its name as Emerald Isle. Some say that the developers must have been Irishmen, while others question if the builders were jewelers and named the area after a favorite stone. Still, some hold claim that the large maritime forest that resides on Emerald Isle is the cause for its name. One perspective is that when developers initially looked at Emerald Isle for development they flew over the island and saw the area as a green gem in the middle of the sea (most likely because of the natural wildlife forest along the shores). From there the developers decided the area should be called Emerald Isle.