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Open House at Outer Banks Beachcomber Museum

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 12:00pm to 6:00pm

Don't miss the Thanksgiving Open House at the Outer Banks Beachcomber Museum on Friday, November 27, 2015. A remarkable collection of beach finds, all collected by Nellie Myrtle Pridgen along the beaches of the Outer Banks during her life here. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Admission is free. Open from 10 to 4.

"The old register at the grocery fell silent a quarter century ago. Worn wooden shelves that once showcased canned peas and collards are now crammed with beach glass, feathers, shells, sand, bricks and bottles. Glass cases that once tempted children with peppermint sticks and licorice whips are littered with whalebones, peace pipes and driftwood. Walls are draped in fishing tackle. Frayed lengths of rope coil like cobras under chairs. Chunks of old shipwrecks lie stranded on shelves. A watermelon sized wicker basket overflows with children’s toys. A slender cash drawer cradles miniature china dolls. A fat orange buoy lounges contentedly in a corner.

"All of it-every Cracker Jack toy, every set of false teeth, every spyglass, every shell, every World War II fl ashlight-was spit from the sea. And all of it was gathered off a mile long stretch of Outer Banks beach by Nellie Myrtle Pridgen, a Nags Head native who combed the shore at dawn and again at dusk nearly every day for nearly 60 years. Now that she’s gone, we’re left to wonder:

"What will become of the riches she gathered and the beach she loved?"

From "The Collector" ~ by Lorraine Eaton


Photos from Outer Banks Museum Facebook page and www.OldNagsHead.org

Outer Banks Beachcomber Museum
4008 South Virginia Dare Trail Milepost 13
Nags Head  North Carolina  27959
United States