Peaks of Otter , Abott Lake
Photo by Sandra
This lovely little area on the Parkway was at a place called Peaks of Otter. There was a man made lake here called Abott Lake. According the park literature, this area has been a recreation area for tourists since the turn of the last century so I am assuming the lake is old. I found it very scenic. Literature says stones were sent from the peak called Sharp Top to help build the Washington Monument. The peak we could photograph from the lake was Sharp Top and it came to one heck of a point. The name “otter” seems to have no relationship to the area ever having supported a population of otters. Instead, it is thought that Scotsmen who settled there (Ewing’s) gave the peaks familiar names of locations in their homeland which had many place names with the word “otter”. Since I am of Scottish descent, this caught my interest. My ancestors settled in North Carolina in the early 1700’s. They received land grants in the flatlands and wetlands of the Carolina Bays of eastern North Carolina (Bladen County). I was reminded, in this story about the naming of the peaks, that the sandy, swampy flatlands were probably very foreign to my Highland Scots ancestors.