Saturday, September 13, 2014

Story & a Jump

Many of our readers know my house on Lawton Lane...a traditional "story and a jump," as they say in eastern North Carolina. These one-and-a-half story cottages were popular on Ocracoke from the mid- 1800s through the early twentieth century. A number of these iconic homes have been preserved on the island. Below are photos of the Kugler Cottage, the first "summer" cottage on Ocracoke.

Kugler Cottage Photo by Kati Wharton

Upstairs Bedroom

Downstairs Bedroom

Sound View by Kati Wharton

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  1. Anonymous8:21 AM

    Philip, do you know whether the Kugler cottage is a private property or whether it's perhaps available for rentals?

    It seems from your photos as if it may be located along the shore, perhaps back toward the end of Lighthouse Road. But the property doesn't look familiar to me based on many years of browsing various rental property catalogs nor from our many visits to the island.

    I'm curious to know where it's located.

    Also, though you've probably previously addressed the topic here, would you mind describing what constitutes a "story-and-a-jump" cottage?

    I guess it means a one-story home elevated a good "jump" above ground level, to help minimize damage from flooding, but your comment about the structures being popular from 1800 through the mid-20th century suggests perhaps there may be to the descriptive term.

    As always, thanks for keeping things interesting.

    1. I do not think the Kugler cottage is available to rent. The owners are on the island frequently. It is located on Silver Lake Drive.

      A "story-and-a-jump" is just a house that is a story and a half high. In the photo of the upstairs bedroom you can see the 5' knee wall. That is the "jump" that gives the bedroom enough head-room so it becomes more than just an attic. Some "jumps" were just 3' or 4', but they served the same purpose.

  2. Anonymous8:23 AM

    "...may be MORE to the descriptive term."

  3. Anonymous9:07 AM

    Another charming cottage. Has there ever been a Plien Aire or "paint out" on OI? Artists gather and find a spot to capture the landscape on canvas. usually the paintings are sold to raise funds for a cause, the artists get more exposure/ donate their time / their talents discovered, and the cause benefits from the funds raised and the art buyer gets to brings a bit of the island home with them. Also, the red door-- it is red or is it a special red? Charleston SC has a Charleston green , a very dark green is there a door color associated with OI Also, From what I have gathered from the internet Paris is known for blue doors-- I'm not sure which blue maybe it is something like the box th word publish is in there to the left below as i type in the comment box......

    1. To my knowledge there has never been a gathering of plein aire painters on Ocracoke...but there are plenty of individual artists who take advantage of island scenes to paint outdoors.

      The red door is just red.

  4. Anonymous2:02 PM

    Story-and-jump: VERY interesting. Wouldn't have thought of that description. (Though I still like the thought of a one-story structure elevated one good "jump" above ground level.) Hmm. Thanks!

  5. Anonymous, my cousin is the editor and publisher of "Plein Air Magazine." It is a wonderful way to paint and making a great comeback now. Are you a painter of sorts? He takes a group to the Hermitage each year and hosts workshops in the Adirondacks in the summer. Perhaps he should bring a group to Ocracoke.
    Lou Ann