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Statistics & Facts
The North Carolina state capital is Raleigh.
The population of Southern Shores is approximately 2714 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 1,452 (1990), 1159 (2010).
The amount of land area in Southern Shores is 10.316 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0.197 sq kilometers.
The distance from Southern Shores to Washington DC is 205 miles.
The distance to the North Carolina state capital is 167 miles. (as the crow flies)
Southern Shores is positioned 36.11 degrees north of the equator and 75.73 degrees west of the prime meridian.
in northern North Carolina in the Outer Banks area, not far from Kittyhawk.
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History & History Related Items
In the late 40's, Harry Lawrence and Frank Stick started the development of Southern Shores. Frank's son, Dave, has authored many historical books about the "outer banks of NC". Kurt Gray was the contractor who built most of the first, flat-roofed housing units. Giles, Watts, Graves, Hunts, Wright, Small, Bozievich, and several others were the first residents. The Wright bridge was a one-lane wooden structure, that was oiled and was covered with creosote, which made crossing slippery. Storms would wash across the top of the planks for scary evacuations. Sam (from Duck) would have nets in the ocean and stop by for drinks and stories about the early "Bankers". Caffey's Inlet was crossable only in low tide for jeeps to travel to Corolla. The paved road was only the first mile by the ocean. The back "Soundside" road was packed sand from Kitty Hawk village to the Duck coast-guard station. Flags were placed on the Ocean to Duck Sand Road for the airplane target sessions. We had to go to bed at dark so the German submarines wouldn't see lights and shoot or land on the shoreline. The Casino was the first entertainment, then the Beach Club. There was Ferrel's Amusement area, the Bowling alley and some mini-golf. The Manteo "Pioneer Movie Theater" had sawdust aisles with wooden church-type benches for sitting. Andy Griffith (yes, comedian, TV and movie person) was in the Paul Green's outdoor play, "The Lost Colony", Andy Griffith's beginning in theater. He still has a house on the Manteo Island, and he has supported the theatrical school of the arts on the play location. Sam (the Duck fisherman-Scarboro) held the wing of the Wright's plane during one of the flight runs. Grapes were picked here for preserves. Wildlife (including bears) roamed the woodsy area of Southern Shores. The beaches were void of people and one could "skinny-dip" at noon in July. You could travel on the ocean sands from Corolla to Oregon Inlet (during the summer) and only come upon a few beachers. It was WONDERFUL then - wild and natural. The few residents of Southern Shores were all friends and shared good times together. It was an event when someone arrived to spend a month or when someone came to stay for a week. You met and became friendly with everyone. Southern Shores has grown so since the late 40's. It is nice to see people enjoy what you love. We love our beaches and are sorry to see them abused as they are sometimes these days. There are problems with "trash-leavers". Even cigarette filters can kill a Gull. The sandpipers and ghost crabs now are becoming scarce. The crabs, who used to die in the car headlights on the road, now hide in the dunes. The birds nested in the sands between the house and the ocean so you had to run as the birds, protecting their nests, would dive at your head. It was fun to watch the nestling's activities from egg to flying adult. (Thanks to Fran Higgins for her thoughts about the history of Southern Shores)
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