To many visitors, the Outer Banks is a vacation destination with pristine beaches, fresh seafood and endless activities. However, the Outer Banks represents so much more than that. Through its rich history, we learn the significance of this little barrier island that so many vacationers visit year after year. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, the photojournalist, Aycock Brown, captured the beauty and solitude of the Outer Banks which became recognized by people across the country. Exposure at a national level paved the way for the tourism boom in the 1970s and 1980s. The influx of tourism led to the founding of Twiddy & Company in 1978 and the construction of many traditional style homes that are still in our program today. Known as “Twiddy Classic” homes, these Outer Banks cottages offer vintage vibes for families and friends to enjoy. Corolla Post Office 1950s from the Aycock Brown Collection Twiddy & Company’s first office in 1978 Duck Road 1980s Lighthouse Drive in Corolla – mid 1980s The construction boom begins “Twiddy Classic” Homes “Beyond Buxton” (V12277) Located in the 4×4 area of the Outer Banks, “Beyond Buxton” has been in our program for decades and offers guests a classic OBX style beach cottage that is pet friendly and has a wood-burning fireplace. From the 1988 Twiddy & Company brochure Traditional style OBX cottage “First Light” (A172) Just steps from the beach in Southern Shores, “First Light” takes you back in time with the classic Outer Banks cottage decor including dark wood paneling and a large wood-burning stove as the centerpiece in the great room. Located on the oceanfront in Southern Shores Old school Outer Banks decor “Gavaghan” (B907) Enjoy ocean views and sea breezes from the ample deck space with family and friends. Step inside and see the maritime themed decor, which gives off the vintage vibes that are so important to these “Twiddy Classic” homes. Semi-oceanfront in the Sanderling community of Duck The dining area of “Gavaghan” “Gull Cottage” (V12393) Directly oceanfront in Carova Beach, “Gull Cottage” takes you back to the golden days of the Outer Banks cottages with antique architectural elements including hand-carved teak furniture pieces, wooden floors, walls and ceiling vaults. The living area of “Gull Cottage” Incredible ocean views in the dining area Interested in viewing more “Twiddy Classic” Homes? Click here. Do you want to learn more about Outer Banks history? Are you curious about Twiddy & Company’s passion for preservation? Check out this blog from our archives and make sure to watch the video!