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Art has found a plenteous place in Dare County. Businesses that offered their places included Carolista Jewelry and Design, Barrier Island Gallery, and My Mother’s Place restaurant. Noted were individuals like printmaker Hubby Blevin (also an amateur archaeologist); New York born painter Jean Montana, and woodcarver Gary Storm. This flow of creative juices suggested something in the water—and air—inspired this bustling colony.
This restaurant, started by a father and son, has changed hands twice since its opening during WWII. Remaining constant is offering fisherman their first catch of the early day in a hearty breakfast. As for what has become true over the years, that was offering this first catch of the day to all, and in the process, making the restaurant a hang-out for natives and visitors alike.
Described were monuments to a momentous occasion in Kill Devil Hills’ history. One was the statue erected in 1927. Another, founded by a group of North Carolinians that year, was the Kill Devil Hills Memorial Association. A third was a museum that allowed visitors to experience vicariously the brothers’ first flights. As for another more recent endeavor, that was the First Flight Society started by NC natives such as Dare County’s Aycock Brown.
Places in Dare County like Colington Island and the village of Duck offered haven for many creatures of the two legged variety. A book cited by Murray, John Lawson’s A New Voyage to Carolina (1709), also made mention of the Merlins and Swaddle-bills who inspired the first flight made almost two centuries later.
The author provided a Dare County guide with information about the county celebrating its quadricentennial. Cited were the Lost Colony’s history and historic landmarks like Kittyhawk. Described were must see sites like Cape Hatteras, must do recreation like hang gliding off of Jockey’s Ridge; and must visit towns like Southern Shores. As pictorial accompaniment was a hand drawn map of Manteo depicting its historical homes like the Meekins house, businesses like The Old Bank Building, and event sites like the Battle of Burnside.