Unique among the southeastern North Carolina barrier island communities, the Town of Sunset Beach encompasses both a mainland and an island.
The Town began in 1955 a year after Hurricane Hazel struck the surrounding area but left what was then called Bald Beach, the southernmost island in North Carolina, unscathed. Mannon C. Gore purchased Bald Beach from the Brooks family, who dated its ownership back to the 1700’s. Gore was impressed by the beautiful sunsets and renamed the island Sunset Beach.
The homes on the island beyond the marsh are on the beach but away from the main town of Sunset Beach. Will be posting images from Sunset Beach from a visit during cloudy weather.