Seashore Colors in the 50s and 60s

January 27, 2017 Posted by: Michael Barber
An interesting color palette greeted visitors to Cape Hatteras National Seashore in the 1950s and 1960s. National Park Service buildings on the Seashore were painted in popular pastel colors of the time. Believe it or not, the Bodie Island Keepers' Quarters and Buxton Principal Keeper's Quarters were both painted pink and the Buxton Double Keepers' Quarters was painted blue! The first Ocracoke Visitor Center along the docks at Silver Lake was a mix of pink, blue, and yellow!

A couple of period postcards and some slides taken by park naturalist Verde Watson are shown below.

Bodie Island Lighthouse - 1959
Bodie Island Lighthouse in 1959

Coquina Day Use Area
Coquina Beach Day Use Area

Cape Hatteras Light Station
Cape Hatteras Light Station Post Card Book

Colorful Keepers' Quarters in Buxton
Colorful Keepers' Quarters in Buxton

Ocracoke Visitor Center
Colorful Ocracoke Visitor Center

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Submitted by:
Jami Lanier, Park Historian

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