Through the Years – Turning the Pages of Time

1992 was the year. The sparsely populated development of Martins Point was the place. The very first Outer Banks Parade of Homes was opening in April. A small group of the “premiere builders” had gotten together to showcase their newly constructed homes in what would become a preferred, prestigious community in the coming years. At the end of the event, they knew there were some kinks to work out, but deemed it worth repeating.
Realizing that the Outer Banks covers almost 100 miles of beautiful coastline, in order to allow more builders and areas to be highlighted, the concept of a self-guided “scattered site” Parade came to be the new format. So, in 1993, the Parade route extended all the way from The Villages at Ocean Hill to The Village at Nags Head, with 20 homes entered by 16 builders. That was a leap!

Through the years we have seen a high of 33 entries and a low of 15 during the lean years following the crash. But, in true “the show must go on” style, there was no thought to discontinue the event. And it does go on – always something fresh and new, and always something to pique your interest. In an area where model homes are few and far between, it is a popular event for the builders and vendors as well as those who come to take the tour. Preview tour is at

Curiously enough, in this 26th Parade we have one builder who participated in the very first Parade and one who entered the second one. Ken Green was part of the planning and entered a home in the inaugural year and Mancuso Development’s first year was 1993. Check out the #6 entry from Ken Green & Associates – a large-scale remodeling project in Duck. Ken has always enjoyed the transformational nature of remodeling and excels at it. And Bernie Mancuso is back with the most luxurious entry of this year’s Parade – the #4 Home in Palmer’s Island. There is some serious experience in that duo.

So, what’s my point? There are a few. Builders generally love what they do, and don’t know what they would do instead. It’s in their blood. Thus, the longevity of career. Longevity of participation. Longevity of learning. Longevity of getting up and wanting to go to the “office, “ which is often a pick-up truck for most of the day.

But, we also have entries this year from a steadily growing group of the next generation of builders – most of whom have come up in the business. A few have fathers still active in the industry or in the Home Builders Association. Some have gone to school for construction technology and settled here, but the majority learned the trade from fathers and uncles.

Check the blog next week to learn more about the “young guys.”