this morning we took the dinghy to Lookout Village which is part of the Cape Lookout National Park. We have been going here for over 25 years. These are old, decrepit cottages and parts of the the Life Saving station and Light Keepers quarters from nearly a hundred years ago. When we first started coming to Cape Lookout in the 1980’s fisherman occupied these cottages during the warmer months. But in the 1990’s the Park Service took over the ownership of the cottages and they went into disrepair. Now they are empty, boarded up, locked and essentially uninhabitable. As we walked through this area we wondered how much further damage hurricane Irene did two years ago–it is really hard to say.
In contrast to this ghost village there are camping tents near the lighthouse and also near the beach. I would venture that we saw altogether at least 50 tents of every description and lots and lots of small motor boats anchored near these tents which probably brought the tenters here. We are anchored in much deeper water (about 25 feet) with another 50 sailboats of every size and description along with some trawlers and a few houseboats. Yes, there is quite a village out here at Cape Lookout, just no longer in those ancient cottages!