After a quarter century of challenging and rewarding stewardship of the site, the owners are now offering the property for sale as a preservation opportunity for a buyer or buyers to rehabilitate. More than a thousand people visited the museum during the Centennial Celebration of the Wright Brothers 1903 flight at "Kill Devil Hill", learning about Mattie's parents' connection to Frank Stick and the Wright Brothers Monument.
Over the years since, thousands more
have visited the Outer Banks Beachcomber Museum
to see the old store and the sea side artifacts collected
locally by Mattie's daughter Nellie Myrtle Pridgen,
a legendary beachcomber, and a fascinating
inspirational local icon.
Speaking about this historic site at the time of its
listing in the National Register of Historic Places
in 2004, Outer Banks historian David Stick said:
"Let’s put it this way, I would say next to Jockey’s Ridge
and the Wright Brothers Memorial, it is the most historically significant place on the northern Outer Banks. It is an integral part of the Nags Head Cottage Row Historic District."
It is rare when a compelling historic site like Mattie Midgette’s Store & House come on the market. It is even rarer when that property represents such a singular slice of an area's past, traditions, and customs.
Mattie’s two-story c.1914 store has ~ 1,710 sq ft and is now in use as a residence and home to the Outer Banks Beachcomber Museum. The two-story c.1890 ~ 1,667 sq ft Midgette House is in a dilapidated condition but is suitable for a complete renovation. The recently discovered history of the structure brings a broader scope to the site’s importance and value to local architectural and cultural history.
That history includes Kill Devil Hill (and Hills),
The Store, which is in good condition,
The House behind the Store
Tax Credits for a Certified Restoration. Mattie Midgette's Store is the oldest and most historically important commercial structure
on the northern Outer Banks. We recently discovered the
The site’s tangible and intangible assets in a way that encourages a deeper appreciation of the importance of historic places and an earnest commitment to preserving them for future generations. The newly restored site would become a “must see” attraction where locals and visitors can “Step Back in Time” and experience a bygone era.
Like the Little Corolla Keeper's Cottage at the Currituck Lighthouse, or the Ocracoke Island Preservation Society’s
Odd Fellow's Lodge reclamation/preservation project, these irreplaceable relics from our collective past need to
In December 2016, the Beachcomber Museum received the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution's
Historic Preservation Recognition Award. "The Award recognizes and honors individuals or groups that have done recent
remarkable volunteer work at the community level." The museum shares that honor locally with the Chicamacomico
This is an opportunity for all of Dare County and anyone who loves the Outer Banks to make history with history. You can write the
next chapter in the rich and storied legacy of this legendary landmark. Bring your energy, your creativity, and your imagination, the
opportunity to create a new legacy at this singular historic property is awaiting your passion!!
Visit the Preservation North Carolina website to view the listing HERE.
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Built on a 100’x100’ lot the Midgettes owned near the Croatan Sound at the northern edge of the Nags Head soundside resort in 1914, the “Jot it Down” style grocery served as the hub of the community year round through
the following 6 decades of steady growth and development that swept over the Outer Banks.
Mattie Midgette and Nellie Myrtle at the soundside location of the store and house, circa 1953.
Aerial view of Old Nags Head: