Mattie Midgette's Store & House
The House was built in Nags Head Woods
by Willie and Nellie Twiford circa 1890 and
moved just southwest of the original sound-side location of Mattie's Store sometime between
1930 and 1932.
Mattie with her granddaughter and museum founder Carmen Gray, circa 1955, in front of the grocery she opened on the soundside in 1914.
Nellie Myrtle Pridgen circa 1943
Original soundide location of Midgette'e Store & House seen from aerial photographs taken in 1932.
In December of 2016, the Museum was awarded 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."
Nell's photo of helicopters flying over the crowd on
Kill Devil Hill at the 50th Anniversary Celebration in 1953.
Closeup of Midgette's Store and House
This three full page article, "Lady of the Sand", appeared in Norfolk Virginia's Virginian Pilot, August, 2013.
1993 article on Nellie Myrtle and the legacy she
left behind. Dorothy is seen at top pointing to
some of the treasures she had placed on the
shelves of her mothers historic grocery.
Mattie Midgette"s Store circa 1972
After State Highway 12 was constructed in 1932, the Midgette's moved their thriving grocery from the soundside location to the Beach Road across from Cottage Row, making it more accessible to the growing community on the beach.
Mattie Midgette and her daughter Nellie Myrtle on the soundside, circa 1953.
Mattie's Store & House were individually listed in the NRHP in December of 2004
Mattie and her grand daughter and Museum founder
Carmen Gray, out front of her grocery. Her son's seafood and ice house can be seen in the background of this 1955 photo.
Certificate of listing on the NRHP December ~ 2004
Aerial view of the property:
Here is a brief drone video of the area that gives a really great view of the Cottage Row Historic District.
Special thanks to Wilton Wescott for sharing this beautiful footage!
The pasture behind the Hollowell Hotel, located south of Midgette's store at the time of these 1942 photos.