the nature of change on the obx
This is a beautifully written article by Hannah Bunn of Farmdog Surf School about how the Outer Banks keep changing and what that means to all of us as we move towards the future. So yes, while it is sad that a piece of Nags Head heritage will fall to demolition, this loss creates a new opportunity for the precious memories that are so much a part of local life.
“In a matter of days, these cottages will be demolished. It is a bittersweet finale marking the end of our second busy season here in the big blue building across the street from where they stand.
Bitter, because these sentinels of the sand dunes, historic Nags Head style cottages built in the 1950s, have been standing watch over this little slice of Heaven for decades. They’ve been the backdrop for our summers as we teach surf lessons, swim, paddle, and sunbathe. These cottages preserve a way of life and the spirit of the old Outer Banks, something that is becoming harder to see and feel as the island is developed.
There is sweetness in it too. New houses—large ones that can accommodate a family reunion or a wedding celebration—are slated to be built in their place. Their doors will be open and waiting for new memories to be made, new traditions that will become part of the history of this place.”