Navy Fleet

Tonight we hiked along a boardwalk at the Manteo visitor center that reached out into Roanoke Sound. This was once the property of the Collins family, a prominent African-American family that had owned a large parcel of land for generations.

My father-in-law represented them in an eminent domain case when the city/state was arguing that their harbor propety had little value because it was too shallow for the development of a marina.

Then Norm called the historian, David Stick, to the stand. Stick testified that the entire Navy fleet once spent some tense moments hiding in that harbor during the Civil War.

Too shallow?  The cost of not knowing history? The eventual cost of the property was north of 4x the original sales price. I love that Mavis witnesses her grandfather’s wit and wisdom.