Stumpy Point, North Carolina 2012
Sign for Stumpy Point, North Carolina
Painting welcoming you to Stumpy Point
We had a chance to visit Eastern North Carolina in January, 2012 to check on the birds and revisit some of the places we visited in previous trips. As we were driving along Hwy 264 we noticed a new sign for Stumpy Point and a painting near it. We decided to visit Stumpy Point to see how thing had changed since our visit in January 2008.
At first it looked like a few new houses had been built. Then we noticed that most of the houses had blue tarps protecting them. This was the first real evidence we saw of the damage that Hurricane Irene caused in 2011.
When we got to the waterfront, we noticed more damage. Fishing boats appeared to have suffered serious damage. Most of the boats were at least partially submerged. Some of the boats that were partially damaged in 2008, were now severely damaged. It'll take quite awhile for the area to recover from the damage.
One of the partially sunk boats at Stumpy Point, North Carolina, 2012
Beached fishing boat, Stumpy Point,North Carolina
Badly damaged boats, Stumpy Point, North Carolina
We were glad to see that the Shiloh United Methodist Church was still standing. This is a very pretty church. The photo is from our 2008 visit.
Shiloh United Methodist Church, Stumpy Point, North Carolina, 2008
How to get to Stumpy Point
If you're interested in exploring Stumpy Point, here are directions. Take the Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge from Roanoke Island to Manns Harbor. Head west for a short spell, and then south at Hwy 264. You'll drive through the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. After several miles Stumpy Point will be the first fishing village on your left.