Saturday, March 1, 1997

The Last Day at the Anchor Inn [VHS ARCHIVES]

NOTE: This video was digitally encoded from a VHS tape. Commentary, if any, was written in 2015.

On March 1, 1997, my parents and I met other relatives at the Anchor Inn, the beach house that had been in my family for at least 40 years, as of then. It was one of the oldest homes on the beach, most homes having been wiped out by Hurricane Hazel in 1954. It was located at 4005 East Beach Drive at Oak Island, NC (known then as Long Beach). My father painted the sign on the front of the house:

The lot was condemned after Hurricane Fran in 1996 when the dune line was re-established behind the front of the house; the government said we can let it succumb to nature and pay to have it removed, or we can let them pay for it to be moved. (The lot is now owned by the government and cannot be built on, empty to this day).

Our job was to remove the furnishings -- my job was to document the house, which was later put on a truck and carted away to "House Heaven," a local junkyard for houses. As of 2015, the house was rumored to be off of Highway 133 outside of Oak Island.

There are some rare glimpses in this video of my uncles Terry & Gehrig and Aunt Margie.

NOTE: This video has been stabilized by YouTube because I am a sloppy cameraman.