Hampton Lodge under new management
By William F. West
Sunday, May 27, 2018
WATERLILY – A longtime waterfront campground in Currituck County has a new operator that could become its new owner as well.
Hampton Lodge, located at the end of Waterlily Road, is now part of Blue Water Development, an Eastern Shore Maryland-based real estate development firm. Hampton Lodge has been the scene of improvements since mid-February.
Specifically, renovations have been made to the campground's country store, which sells groceries and necessities-of-life items. The campground's recreation building and its bathhouse facilities also have been renovated.
"I love everything they're doing," said Ann Slade, who manages the country store and who has been working at the campground for about 32 years.
"I've been here so long because I do love this campground – and it needed some repairs. And they're doing it," Slade said of Blue Water’s efforts.
Blue Water's portfolio includes hotels, recreational vehicle resorts, vacation getaways and restaurants.
Slade is one of five staff members working at the Hampton Lodge, which is located alongside Currituck Sound on 480 acres, with about 180 acres of campground space.
The Hampton Lodge is located about 30 miles south of the North Carolina-Virginia border and is close to hunting and fishing areas. It’s also within 45 minutes driving distance of the Outer Banks beaches.
Slade believes the campground is quite a piece of land.
"I want to see it grow. I want to see it be a big part of this community like it can be," she said.
Slade said the campground's owners, John Pappas, Earl Griffin and Lewis Bridgforth, are getting up in age.
"They just want to start doing for themselves," she said.
The property is in the process of being sold to Blue Water, which Slade said is serving as the management of Hampton Lodge.
She said that, in addition the campground's beauty and being along the water, the place is like a big family.
"Some of these people, I've watched them come out here with their kids. Their kids grow up and come back with their kids," she said.
Slade and her husband have long been known at the Hampton Lodge as "Mama Ann" and "Papa Jim." The husband retired from working at the campground five years ago after having been the maintenance official.
She said the Hampton Lodge attracts campers from Virginia’s Hampton Roads area, as well as from as far away as the Richmond, Va., area, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida and Germany.
She also emphasized the campground is quite family oriented, saying, "It's all about the kids and having a good time."
The Hampton Lodge is located at 1631 Waterlily Road. The campground can be reached by phone at 453-2732.
For more information about the campground via the Internet, click on http://hamptonlodgenc.com