By Outer Banks Voice on November 17, 2021
As part of its “Icons of the Outer Banks” series of mini-documentaries, Twiddy & Company has produced this 4 minute, 21 second piece on Aycock Brown, the man widely credited for using his journalistic and marketing skills — as well as tireless energy — to put the Outer Banks on the map for the rest of the county. Brown died at the age of 79 in 1984.
Below is the text accompanying the video.
The Outer Banks has evolved into a prosperous vacation destination, in part due to the storytelling efforts of Aycock Brown. A colorful writer and photographer, Aycock Brown saw firsthand how special the Outer Banks was and spent his career telling the world all about it. His voice was instrumental in putting the Outer Banks on the map in the tourism industry.
In the 1950s and ’60s, Aycock Brown devoted his time as a photographer and publicist to promoting the Outer Banks. His energetic stories and accompanying pictures conveyed that this magical place was family-oriented, nature-oriented, and just plain fun.
Aycock Brown served as the first director of the Dare County Tourist Bureau in the early 1950’s. His goal was to get the word out about why the Outer Banks was a great place to visit. He was often seen around town in his straw hat with several cameras around his neck, always ready to document the next story. Whether it was a record-setting catch being weighed on the dock at Oregon Inlet Fishing Center or checking out the latest shipwreck that washed up on the beach, Aycock Brown was there to get the scoop. He then mailed his photos with press releases to newspapers around the country.
One of Aycock Brown’s most well-known photos is of the Wright Brothers National Memorial with the crescent moon in the background. The iconic photograph was taken on the evening of July 20, 1969, the same day Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon. Over the course of his career, Aycock Brown took thousands of photographs of the Outer Banks. In 1976, his photos and stories were published as a much-loved book, Aycock Brown’s Outer Banks, with the memorable 1969 photo of the Wright Brothers National Memorial gracing the cover.
He mailed his stories and pictures to publications around the country. His goal was to show how truly unique a place the Outer Banks was. Aycock Brown created the idea that the Outer Banks is a place like no other. During his time as director of the Dare County Tourist Bureau, the Outer Banks saw an uptick in visitors that wanted to experience the area for themselves. By the time he retired in 1980, the Outer Banks was a popular vacation destination that families returned to year after year.
ADVERTISEMENT FOR RE-BID: Barnhill Contracting Company will receive sealed proposals for the Kill Devil Hills – EMS/Fire Facility (EMS-1) project on Wednesday, February 08, 2023 @ 2:00pm for the following packages:
BP 400 – Turnkey Masonry, BP 505 – Light Gauge Metal Trusses, BP 833 – Overhead Doors, BP 925 – Drywall/Framing, BP 2200 – Plumbing, BP 2300 – HVAC, BP 2600 – Electrical
Scopes of work may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager.
Bid Location and Time: Bid opening will be held in the Barnhill Contracting Rocky Mount Main Conference Room: 800 Tiffany Bvld, Rocky Mount, NC 27804. Time is as follows: Wednesday, February 08, 2023 at 2:00pm.
Barnhill Contracting Company will receive, open, and read publicly all bids received in person in the training room and listed with the virtual viewing at the link to be posted on Barnhill’s Plan Room.
Bids will not be accepted from bidders that are not pre-qualified. No facsimile or email submissions are permitted. Sealed bids are to be hand delivered to the bid opening location noted above or mailed Sealed Bids can be delivered before 9:00am the day of the bid to the Barnhill Contracting Company Office at 800 Tiffany Blvd., Suite 200 Rocky Mount, NC 27804. Attention “Clint Hardison.”
Bid Documents can be viewed or downloaded through Barnhill’s online Building Division Plan Room (https://app.buildingconnected.com/public/54da832ce3edb5050017438b).
All Bidders are strongly encouraged to include opportunities for HUB participation wherever possible in their respective Bid submission. HUB participation is a part of this contract and must comply with all requirements set forth in the Bid Documents.
The Construction Manager and Owner reserve the right to add pre-qualified bidders. The Construction Manager and Owner reserve the right to reject any and all bids. Should you require additional direction, please call Barnhill Contracting Company, (Clint Hardison – 252-802-0740).
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