National Register of Historic Places

In an 11-24-2004 Virginian Pilot article about the site's listing in the NRHP pre-eminent Outer Banks historian David Stick had this to say about the value of this celebrated site: “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 Historic District.”


Catherine Kozak Virginian Pilot article, “Down in History”, 11-24-2004:

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Excerpt from a 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."


Photos of Older articles about the museum below. . .

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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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