Thursday, April 21, 2016

Hatteras Island Space Ship

Recognize this unique building?
Originally brought down by Dr. Lee & Mary Jane Russo, this unique “space ship” style house was used as the family’s private vacation home. Designed by Finnish architect, Matti Suuronen in 1968, the Futuro House is complete with living, sleeping and dining areas.  

After years of use by the Russo family, they decided to donate the space ship home to the local volunteer fire department and moved to Frisco. It was later purchased by the owners of the Scotch Bonnet and used as a year round rental, office space for the island publication The Monitor, campground office and lastly, an ice cream and hot dog stand.

The future home now sits along Highway 12 in Frisco and has become a famed island attraction. Decked out in an alien space theme, the space ship is a hot spot for photos and comes complete with its own live Martian!

Photo: Outer Banks History Center – David Stick Collection

Monday, March 21, 2016

Hatteras Realty's EASTERFEST!

It's that time of year again, so hop on over... or even run! We're having an Easter Festival that will be lots of fun! Come join us at our Avon location for a day filled with fun games, prizes, and food. You won't want to miss this family fun event and a chance to meet the Easter Bunny!
  • Tickets can be purchased at event
  • Fun Kid's Games & Activities
  • Prizes and Treats
  • Hot Dogs, Cookies & Lemonade
  • Special Appearance From the Easter Bunny!
  • Benefits the Cape Hatteras Secondary School Booster Club
 For additional information please call 800.428.8372.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Chicamacomico Life Saving Station- A Mini History

Built in 1874, Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station was among the first seven Life-Saving stations in North Carolina. Designed in the “timber frame” style, the buildings were basic but strong enough to withstand the high winds and unpredictable weather conditions of the island, house equipment and be comfortable enough for the surfmen to live there. Over the years, extensive maintenance and building additions were made to the station.
The crew members of Chicamacomico were credited for a number of rescues throughout the station’s history. It’s most famous rescue was that of the British tanker, the Mirlo. On August 16th 1918, the Mirlo was sunk by German submarine U-117. The surfmen of Chicamacomico were able to rescue 42 of the 51 British sailors aboard the Mirlo and is considered one of the greatest rescues of WWI and of the early Coast Guard. 
With the growing technologies in weather and rescue equipment and abilities, the need for multiple stations was becoming unnecessary.
In 1954 Chicamacomico was decommissioned and the site was taken over by the NPS. Later in 1968 the station’s buildings were bought by the Civic Association and turned over to the Chicamacomico Historical Association Inc., who owns the site today. The association continues its efforts in restoring each building and all available rescue equipment.
Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum is one of Hatteras Realty’s top spots to see while visiting Hatteras Island. The station welcomes all visitors for tours, apparatus demonstrations and other special events throughout the year. 
Check out for a full history of the station, calendar of events and other details about this historical site.

Top Photo: North Carolina Historic Preservation Collection, No Date
Bottom Photo: Hatteras Realty, Present Day Chicamacomico Station

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Herbert C. Bonner Bridge - 1963 Construction

Back in 1963 the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge completed construction linking Hatteras Island to the mainland. With the bridge in place, the vacation industry blossomed on Hatteras Island. Visitors wanting to enjoy the beaches and fishing now had an easy way to access the island.
Recently a contract was awarded to PCL Constructors Inc. and HDR Engineering Inc. of the Carolinas to build a new bridge spanning the three and a half miles over Oregon Inlet. Bridge construction is projected to start sometime this month.
A ground breaking ceremony will be held on Tuesday at 10 am. The ceremony will take place in the parking lot on the south end (Hatteras Island side) of the bridge. Due to limited parking, guests are asked to park at Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, where shuttles will be available to take to the site.
Photos: Outer Banks History Center – Aycock Brown Collection (April 1963)

Monday, February 29, 2016

New Feature for ORV Permits

For Immediate Release
February 29. 2016 

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Announces New Off-Road Vehicle Permit Print at Home Option
Cape Hatteras National Seashore announced today that it will make changes to how and where it issues Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Permits. The changes are being made to increase user convenience, provide new options for park visitors wishing to purchase an ORV permit, and increase efficiency by reducing the cost associated with collecting permit fees.

ORV Permit Offices will be co-located with District Visitor Centers. The current temporary ORV Office trailers will be taken out of service and permit issuing operations will continue at the following locations:

o    Bodie Island Lighthouse Visitor Center (starting March 1, 2016)
o    Ocracoke Island Visitor Center (starting March 4, 2016)
o    Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Visitor Center (starting March 11, 2016)

Beginning March 16, 2016, the park will implement a print at home permitting system that will allow visitors to obtain educational materials and print their ORV permits through Permit holders will be able to print weekly and temporary annual permits directly from the website without being required to come to a permit office. ORV users are encouraged to use the print at home system.

The print at home option offers increased convenience. Permits can be obtained 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

The cost to purchase a permit through will be significantly less than it has been the last two years. The Park will no longer charge the additional $4.50 reservation fee, or $6.50 shipping fee. This will reduce the cost of online orders by up to $11.00.

Weekly and annual permittees will print their permit and temporary proof of permit. The proof of permit will be affixed, using tape, to the inside of the driver's side windshield and must be displayed at all times that the permittee wishes to access the beach with an ORV. Annual permittees will display their print at home permit for up to 30 days and can expect to receive their annual decal via U.S. Mail within 7-10 days.

Over time, the Seashore expects the print at home system, and elimination of ORV office trailers, will reduce costs associated with collecting ORV permit fees.  This will allow more revenue to be spent on improving and maintaining beach access facilities, enforcement, and monitoring.

For answers to frequently asked question about the ORV permit program, please go here:

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Hatteras Island Oyster Roast!

A laid-back community event to celebrate local seafood and a healthy coast. Come enjoy fresh oysters, live music, a warm fire and good company. 

Tickets: $15/person in advance or $20 at the door. Ticket price includes all you can eat oysters, one side of chowder and a non-alcoholic beverage. Be sure and save room for homemade dessert from the bake sale. 

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit the website or contact Sarah Hallas. This event will take place rain or shine, tickets are nonrefundable. Sponsored by the North Carolina Coastal

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

NPS Completes New Inside Road

Inside Road Complete and Open Between Buxton and Frisco
Superintendent David Hallac is happy to announce the opening of Inside Road, connecting Beach Access Ramp 44 with Beach Access Ramps 48 and 49 near the Frisco Campground, "Our staff did an amazing job finishing the Inside Road, which will provide wonderful access between these popular beach destinations."
The Inside Road is approximately 4 miles long and and an Off Road Vehicle Permit is required to drive on it.
The project, funded with ORV fee monies, continues the enhancement of beach access for the public across the Seashore.

Article & photo courtesy of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Facebook