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Grandfather Says: The Magic of Cape Hatteras

Original oil painting by: Grandfather’s wife

Grandfather says Cape Hatteras is a special place.

He and the family have been visiting there for nearly 60 years.

Grandfather says he remembers when Paul Mellon bought most of the undeveloped Hatteras Island shore and gave it to a national trust. It is now Hatteras Island National Seashore, administered by the National Park Service.

Grandfather says he remembers when Mellon’s gift was reported in the Washington Post. It got about three column inches somewhere in the back pages — typical of the Capital’s values, then and now.

Grandfather and the brood, Hatteras Island, NC. (circa 1965)

Mellon also gave us the National Gallery of Art, filled with his extensive collection of some of the world’s great art; now priceless. Most of it was created by now-dead white males, so it’s not very fashionable, either.

Surf at Cape Hatteras. Offshore are the Diamond Shoals, created by crossing currents. Many a ship foundered on them in centuries past.

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About the Author: RD Blakeslee is an octogenarian from West Virginia who built his net worth by only investing in that which can be enjoyed during acquisition and throughout life, as opposed to papers in a drawer, like stocks and bonds. You can read more about him here.

Photos: Courtesy of the Blakeslee Family

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