National Geographic : 1908 Jul
SOME HUMAN HABITATIONS Photo from North Carolina Geological Survey FISHERMAN'S CAMP: SHACKELFORD BANK, NORTH CAROLINA and upon the keys around Biscayne Bay, and that, so far as he knew, they were found all along the keys and the shore line as far as Key West. Yet letters to several observant gentlemen, thoroughly acquainted with the coast, failed to get for me any information or photographs of such lodges, all of them assuring me that no such exist on the Florida coast. Yet another trial has brought me the desired photograph, the promise of sev eral more, and the assurance that I may soon obtain still more, as the land south of Cocoanut Grove is being taken up by homesteaders. The lodge in the tree-top, which was unknown except along the North Caro lina coast, has largely disappeared with the disapperance of the great forests along "The Banks," as these sand-reefs are called. One of the earliest, and the first to disappear, was that at the Kill Devil Hills, which was used by the early settlers of the Albemarle district as a watch-tower when on the lookout for New England ships that brought Medford rum to the Carolinians in exchange for corn. Another was at Nag's Head, where the rude wrecker of Colonial days found it to his advantage to keep informed as to the movements of these same New England ships on their way to the West Indies for molasses and more rum. No, old inhabitant of Hatteras has any recol lection, or even tradition, of such a look out there; but Blackbeard's piratical crew maintained a tree-top lodge in the great oaks near Teach's Hole, on the south west end of Ocracoke Island. These all disappeared long before the days of our oldest inhabitant. Southward from Ocracoke Inlet, such lookouts, as they were here called, have been known during the past half-century on Portsmouth Island, on Core Bank, near Cape Lookout, and near the western extremity of Bogue Banks, where they were maintained from early Colonial days 51'