"Charm is More than Beauty": Hope Town Charm After Dorian.

Despite losing many old and historical cottages in Hope Town, many have survived. They will need lots of work and some look amazing outside despite what they went through, but have hidden damages inside.

Most homes had to be gutted inside and riped back to the barebones in order to start renovations. The Black mold from all the water in every building caused a lot of problems for many home owners. Thanks to all our Volunteers and NGO'S like Samaritan's Purse, many had help to gutt their homes or clean out sludge from cisterns.

Everyone has been working hard and tirelessly for 10+ months and I wanted to highlight some of the old and new cottages in Hope Town that are standing tall and keeping the charm.

Sandblasting after a Hurricane is expected. Some homes remarkably see almost every inch of paint removed on one side if blasted long enough.

Old Bahamian 'Saltbox' homes were built for Hurricanes. Their pitch roofs face the ocean for winds, normally built from Abaco Pine which is so tough you have to drill a hole first before nailing. They are Abaco Strong! Dorian put many 100+ year old homes to the test. They are battered, but many can come back with renovations.

Roofs are being repaired and many are getting shingles or metal roofs put back on. This is a big step after many months of leaky roofs and everything getting wet inside after a drizzle.

Many had to get sections of the roofs or buildings rebuilt. Luckily this one is now closed in from the elements. Many houses on island are still exposed to the weather, which makes it very hard to live in, or preserve things inside.

On one angle or one side of many buildings it looks like they never even went through a storm. But every home experienced damage during Dorian. Some are just harder to see.

Tarps still can be seen on many buildings. This building and our community Center had considerable roof damage. The Community Center is renovating better than before and updates are posted periodically. The community cannot wait to use the center for plays, performances and functions again.

Vernon's iconic Bakery survived and is open with Mr. Vernon baking his delicious treats despite loosing his home. The smell coming out of his bakery while snapping this picture was infectious. The smell of baking Bahamian Bread can make anyone swoon. Grateful such an iconic building (and person!) in Hope Town was spared. It had roof damage like every building, but it was open for business not long after the storm!

Unsure of the fate of Mr. Wiener Malone's home, but she still stands. The Abaco digny workshop is gone, and this Bahamian home was covered in debris. Thankfully cleaned up with the machinery and volunteers at Samaritan's Purse. We are forever grateful to that organization and volunteers.

This home and the memorable Lizards replica survived Dorian. The lizards will not need to relocate, and probably have the only home on island without any damage. Lucky lizards! 🦎

Clifford Sawyer house was battered like the rest, but still holds it's corner presence strong. This wasn't the first Category 5 storm this house has been through. A proven strong Bahamian build!

The old bank building had to have repairs to close it in from the elements but has come a long way from 10 months ago.

Da Crazy Crab building is being repaired and still overlooking the beautiful harbour.

Many homes were destroyed beyond saving and had to be demolished. This article wanted to highlight some of the ones still standing downtown. More recovery images and articles will continue to come.

The extent of damage inside of any home or building captured is unknown to me personally and the outsides can be decieving.

Trying to capture the beauty of Hope Town that is still seen on every corner. We just need to look for it. No place we'd rather be, even without power! The Hope Town Spirit is stronger than ever. But honestly, we all could use a little break.

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