The NCC has a fabulous “staff picks” display up in our reading room, which everyone should come by and check out, if you have some free time. The staff of the NCC is asked to place different themed items in this exhibit, which is changed about every 3-4 months.
The current staff pick theme is “Summertime”!! Earlier this year, I cataloged an item which I thought would be perfect to add to the summertime themed staff picks display. Its content screamed summer and it even had important North Carolina content about where to enjoy these summer time activities! After taking another look at my chosen piece, I reconsidered publicly displaying it and decided that a blog post would be a better way to present this particular summer time activity: Skinny Dipping!
The nudist magazine, Free Beaches, published a 36-page article entitled “Guide to nude beaches of the United States” in June, 1978, which listed twelve spots in North Carolina that were nude friendly. Most places listed were secluded swimming holes where skinny dipping was known to happen. Although one nudist subdivision was also mentioned; a little online searching found that this subdivision does still exist and is described as a “clothing optional community”. The article states that “North Carolina has an active clothes-free population “ and that further information could be found by contacting an organization based in Chapel Hill!?