Cottages announced for 2022 Southern Shores Historic Flat Top Cottage Tour

Published 10:43 am Sunday, March 20, 2022

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The Southern Shores Historic Flat Top Cottage Tour owner network has announced the list of cottages that will be open at this year’s tour, which is set for Saturday, April 30, 2022 from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.

The fifth such tour of these historic flat tops in the Town of Southern Shores, proceeds will again benefit the Flat Top Preservation Fund of the Outer Banks Community Foundation. Tickets are $10 (two for $15) and will available on the day of the tour from 1-5 p.m. Tickets will be sold beginning at 1 p.m. at 156 Wax Myrtle Trail and at the Outer Banks Community Foundation at 13 Skyline Road. Tickets cover admission to all 11-plus homes on the tour.

The list of cottages whose owners will open them for the tour are: 218 Ocean Blvd – Mackey Cottage; 176 Ocean Blvd – the Price Cottages; 170 Ocean Blvd – Pink Perfection (Edith Pipkin Cottage); 157 Ocean Blvd – Sea Breezes; 23 Porpoise Run – Sokol-Clements Cottage; 156 Wax Myrtle Trail – Clarke-Gudas Cottage; 159 Wax Myrtle Trail – Falconer Cottage; 69 Ocean Blvd – Sea Spray Cottage; 43 Ocean Blvd – Powell-Harritt Cottage; 40 Skyline Road – Beach Box Flat Top (Mitchell); and 13 Skyline Road – Outer Banks Community Foundation.

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Owners invite the public to join them for an afternoon of open houses to tour these historic cottages that once dominated the town’s architectural landscape.

“We are proud to offer homes of varying sizes, locations, styles, and finishes for a self-guided open house tour,” stated the event announcement. “Approximately 25 examples of this original architectural style still remain as flat tops in Southern Shores, of which 11+ will be featured on the tour.”

Frank Stick (1884-1966), beloved Outer Banks artist and developer, obtained an option on the land that is now Southern Shores and supervised the platting of lots, the installation of roads and the design and erection of the first flat top cottages.

“These now quaint architectural houses were reminiscent of the cottages he had seen in Florida, and were of cement block construction, with wide overhanging soffits, propped up shutters, and flat tar and gravel roofs,” stated the announcement.

Information is also available at the Facebook page for Southern Shores Historic Flat Top Cottages:

For additional information about the Southern Shores Historic Flat Top Cottage Tour, contact Sally and Steve Gudas at 804-399-8342 or