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Mom at Oak Island

Got my mother a plane ticket to come visit us, and I took her for a tour of points south today.  We caught the ferry to Southport from Fort Fisher and continued south a few miles, crossing the bridge to Oak Island.  It was a sunny day, ideal for visiting this small community which thrives on the tourist industry nurtured by its charming beaches.


Year round, about 7,000 folks live here (the town limits include a small patch on the mainland side of the bridge), but that swells to over 30,000 during summer months.  The town is a recent creation, rising from the ashes of a past plagued by hurricanes.  The island got its start in the early 1800’s when Fort Caswell was built on the eastern end (in fact, the site of the fort is incorporated as a separate town on the island, Caswell Beach, a private Baptist community), but nothing much developed until about eighty years ago, when the area garnered attention for its beaches and fox hunting.


Though the elements of a village were proceeding, the initial community was obliterated by Hurricane Hazel in 1954 – only five buildings remained after this beast rolled through!  Two separate communities eventually reclaimed the island and despite being pounded by further hurricanes over the years, the two towns united in 1999 as Oak Island (Yaupon Beach and Long Beach were the original names of the towns).  Today it is a pleasant and relatively quiet place to enjoy the beach, featuring some good restaurants, though nothing like all the fanfare further south at Myrtle Beach.

gingerbatik says:
nice of you to take your mother a little holiday:)
Posted on: Sep 17, 2015
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