Baum with Jockey’s Ridge in the background, circa 1973 (photo courtesy of North Carolina Parks and Recreation).
Celebrate Women’s History Month at Jockey’s Ridge ☀️
Hosting a record number of visitors in 2020, Jockey’s Ridge continues as one of the most popular attractions on the Outer Banks. And for good reason! Being the tallest living sand dune on the Atlantic coast, this monumental landscape offers breathtaking views of both the sound and the sea. However, Jockey’s Ridge was not always revered as such. In 1973, the dune was scheduled to accommodate a residential development at its base. To the horror of Nags Head resident, Carolista Baum, she quite literally jumped into action. Baum planted herself in front of the bulldozer and forced the operation to pause. From that point forward, Baum worked tirelessly to “Save Our Sand Dune.” And on July 25, 1974, Jockey’s Ridge was officially approved as a National Natural Landmark. Thanks to Baum’s incredible pursuit, the dune’s ancient presence continues to remind us of the wonders of the natural world.