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Euphoria (Shack No. 7)

Euphoria, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

Euphoria, by David W. Dunlap (2010).

Hazel Hawthorne Werner, by Marian Roth (1991).

Hazel Hawthorne Werner, by Marian Roth (1991).

Euphoria is the larger of two shacks that belonged to the writer and preservationist Hazel Hawthorne Werner — if the adjective “larger” can be applied to a 16-by-12-foot structure. It was built around 1930, apparently by the coast guardsman Louis “Spucky” Silva. Werner, the author of The Salt House, was drawn to the dunes by a vision she’d had of “a place by the ocean, where you could take a blanket and sleep on the beach and there was nobody around.” She acquired Euphoria in the early 1940s. The writer Cynthia Huntington and her husband, the artist Bert Yarborough, rented Euphoria for three summers, an experience she described in her own Salt House, a collection of essays published in 1999. Euphoria is maintained and managed by the Peaked Hill Trust.


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