In the 1800s, False Cape gained a reputation as a ship’s graveyard. The name False Cape came from its close resemblance to Cape Henry, which lured unwitting sailors into shallow waters. One of the area’s first communities, Wash Woods, was developed by survivors of such a shipwreck. The village’s church and other structures were built using cypress wood that washed ashore from a wreck. The Back Bay Restoration Foundation operates a tram that leaves from the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and travels through the refuge. The trek allows visitors to explore the park for two hours in the Barbour Hill contact station area or ride farther to False Cape's Wash Woods area.