Mattie Midgettes Historic Site up for Sale as Cultural Heritage Center After a quarter century of the 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. Over 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.
In December of 2016, the Beachcomber Museum was awarded the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution's Historic Preservation Recognition Award.
Located next to undeveloped lots in the heart of the Cottage Row Historic District, the site, its two structures, and the Beachcomber Museum are well suited to anchoring a much-needed Cultural Heritage Attraction. Buyers would be eligible to apply for NC SHPO
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 Twiford ~ Midgette House is the sole surviving home from the once thriving Nags Head Woods community of the local "Banker" families.
The site’s tangible and intangible assets could be presented 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 be preserved. By making the site a full time, income producing Heritage attraction, the resource will evolve and thrive. It will help the site realize its full potential for serving as an educational, research, and community resource. It could serve as a “Satellite” site that would be used in conjunction with the Soundside Event Site, Dowdy Park, or the First Colony Inn.
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 her daughter Nellie Myrtle on the soundside, circa 1953.
Aerial view of Old Nags Head: