The 14th Annual Outer Banks Bike Week wrapped up today.  It seemed to start a little slowly last weekend, but bikers were out everywhere for the last couple of days. It probably started a bit slowly because last weekend was a little bit cold and damp.

Not sure what the next big event on the Outer Banks will be but with summer just six weeks away, there’s not much time for big hoopla.

There was a lot happening this weekend beyond the roar of Harleys.

Kill Devil Hills and Southern Shores hosted tours of historic homes—Kill Devil Hills on Friday and Southern Shores on Saturday. They were different in a lot of ways but similar in others. 

In Kill Devil Hills the homes are older, often built in the 1930s and 1940s. Rambling wooded structures, they have a classic beach cottage look with cedar shingles and roofs. 

At Southern Shores it was the Flat Top tour—classic homes built by Frank and David Stick in the 1950s to early 1960s. Constructed from local wood—mostly juniper—with cement block often cast from Outer Banks sand, they’re small but sturdy structures that have been able to handle everything thrown their way.

The Kill Devil Hills homes are often owned by the third or fourth generation of a family; although a few of the original families still own their flat tops, that is usually not the case. 

Very different homes in many ways, but pride in ownership really seems to be at the core of all of the homes.