As you’re driving on Hatteras island, going down highway 12, just past mile marker 66, you may need to stop for for an alien.
His name is Leroy Renyolds and he’s been the resident Martian for years. His spaceship looks a little run down, but it’s still worth a stop. Sometimes you can see Mr. Reynolds standing out front in his Martian jumpsuit and alien mask. If he’s not there, you can still stop and explore his UFO. If you’re into finding geocaches, there’s a real good one here.
Originally called a Futuro House, these were portable houses made to turn into vacation homes. They were once advertised in Playboy Magazine as a portable playhouse. There’s only 61 left in the world.
This one in particular was first bought in 1972 as an oceanfront cottage in Hatteras Village until the 1980s. Then, it was moved to Hatteras Island, where it was used for holding Boyscout meetings. Then it became an “out of this world” hotdog stand. Leroy Renyolds bought it and it became the Frisco UFO.
The spaceship is the second most visited thing on Hatteras Island, next to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.
If Mr. Reynolds happens to be there, he’ll probably give you a peek on the inside. The day we stopped, it was locked, but there was a lot to see on the outside.
The back story makes this house/spaceship that much more fun. So, if you’re driving through the Outer Banks on Hatteras Island, go through Frisco. It’s on your way to the ferry terminal anyway. There’s lots to see besides the lighthouse here, so take some time to check it out. From the Hatteras National Park and Frisco Campground to quirky places to eat, like the Cockeyed Clam, you’ll enjoy it here. And all because you saw something about a UFO and had to follow it.
Enjoy your trip and may safe travels be with you.