Cape Lookout names 2023 Volunteer of the Year

HARKERS ISLAND, N.C. (WITN) – A man in the east is being honored for his contributions to the conservation of cultural history on the Outer Banks.

Cape Lookout National Seashore announced the 2023 Volunteer of the Year is Dr. Stan Rule. Rule was picked for playing a vital role in documenting and researching the cultural history of the Southern Outer Banks.

Rule, according to the seashore, led an in-depth study on the history of cabin culture inside the park. He reviewed sources, documents, photographs, and oral tradition for his research. They say he was a consultant on a variety of historical matters in structures like Casablanca or the Battle Brothers Hunt Club. His work led to an update in the Harkers Island Visitor Center display panels.

Cape Lookout says his passion, willingness to collect data and to find an accurate view of the park’s history is what led him to be chosen.

Rule made the fruit of his research open to the public through The Cabin Culture of the Southern Outer Banks research blog.

The National Seashore said that Rule and his intern will continue their work.