Outer Banks Sentinel front page article  February 15, 2017:


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Photos of Older articles about the museum below. . .

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May, 2006 article in the Virginian Pilot  LINK

"National Geographic expert warns of losing unique flavor on Outer Banks"

"Referring to the razing in recent years of the Carolinian Hotel in Nags Head and the old Baum residence in Kill Devil Hills, native Outer Banker Carmen Gray noted that there seems to be no will to save the historical establishments that define the Outer Banks' past. Gray is the daughter of Nellie Myrtle Pridgen and is a founder of the NMP Beachcomber Museum in Nags Head. "There's money for all kinds of stuff," she said, "but there doesn't seem to be money to preserve these institutions. Why aren't we preserving the unpainted aristocracy? All these bright colors do not fit this beach. "Our beach is about individuality, and we need very desperately to stick with that. But we're letting it go."

The Baum St. Clair house on Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills

"More than 400 people signed a petition in support  of halting the destruction of the Baum St. Clair house on Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills, seen here,  but it may  not be enough to save the building.  Built in 1933, it was  the last Coast Guard-built structure constructed on the Outer Banks.

On August 18, 2004, the KDH BOC took no action    on a proposal to institute a moratorium on the demolition of structures more than fifty years old    in town, what many saw as a last-ditch effort to  save the building.

Although it may have been a move that came just  a little too late, the Board of Commissioners appointed a Historic Landmark Commission that same night, a five-person  panel charged with creating an inventory of historic properties in town." From Life-Lines, Fall 2004.

The Nellie Myrtle Collection was highlighted
in sea glass and beachcombing guru Richard LaMotte's 2015 book, "The Lure of Sea Glass". 

LaMotte writes...

"In old Nags Head, on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, is an important piece of history that could soon be lost to the fury of an Atlantic hurricane.

Inside a weary 1920s bungalow patiently sits the most extraordinary and diverse collection of seaside relics ever amassed by a beachcomber. 

Known today as the Outer Banks Beachcomber Museum, this classic coastal cottage was once   a local Nags Head grocery store and home to Nellie Myrtle Pridgen. Nellie was a woman with one primary passion since the 1920s; she walked the beaches almost daily in search of treasure, not gold or silver but virtually any items lost to the sea. "






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