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wanchese village: a trip back in time

A fishing village and a place where the traditions and history of the Outer Banks are part of everyday life, the village of Wanchese is special. Michelle Wagner has written a beautifully evocative piece for the Coast about life away from the fast lane.

Wanchese Village, across the marsh toward the Wanchese Harbor. Photo Melody Leckie, Coast Magazine.

Wanchese Village, across the marsh toward the Wanchese Harbor. Photo Melody Leckie, Coast Magazine.

“There’s a place on the Outer Banks where time has somehow managed to stand still, commercial sprawl doesn’t exist and a day’s catch means everything.

Here, the rhythm of life revolves around the water. Open-air warehouses reveal boats taking form, docks are lined with trawlers and neighborhood yards are home to crab pots, clothes lines, horses and fishing gear.

In this sleepy village called Wanchese, children come out to play in the late afternoon like fireflies that appear as dusk turns to night, families have carved out homesteads for their children and their children’s children, and villagers share stories of growing up camping on the sand islands and playing on the swing in the center of town that came from a dead man’s basket off a local boat.”

 

Read the rest of this great story on the Coast.

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